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Director Simon West Oozes Onto 'The Blob' Remake

The Expendables 2 director Simon West has signed on to Goldcrest Film's remake of  the 1958 horror/sci-fi classic The Blob, Deadline reports.

The original film, which starred a 27-year-old Steve McQueen in his first leading role (playing a teenager, no less), centers on a gelatinous monsters that arrives on Earth inside a meteorite that crashes in Pennsylvania. The Blob increases in size each time it consumes a person, and is only defeated after it's discovered the creature is averse to cold.

A sequel, Beware! The Blob, was released in 1972, and the original was remade in 1988 (with a script by director Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont).

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West explained how he plans to update the film, saying, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying."

Principal photography is set to begin this summer.

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