First Images from the Prequel to “The Thing” Shows Promise

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One of my most beloved Horror/Sci-Fi films, The Thing is getting a prequel and some images have appeared online that hint this could be a cut above the usual Hollywood remake.

Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s The Thing is set before the events of John Carpenter’s 1982 classic, and will detail the fate of the Norwegian team of Antarctic researchers – whose remains Kurt Russell memorably picked through in the original movie – after their first encounter with a deadly shape-shifting alien.

Universal feels good about the prospects of the film, scheduling it for an April 29, 2011 release. I recommend checking out this great interview at Io9, with producer Marc Abraham and Alec Gillis (A.D.I. – Creature F/X, Creature and make-up effect co-designer).

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  1. Bill Mesce says

    Here’s the thing I never understood about the remake. In the original movie, the only weapons were those presumably carried by the military air crew commanded by Kenneth Tobey, and that made a certain amount of sense. In Carpenter’s remake, the Norwegians — from a research station — are chasing down the replicated sled dog with a crate of thermite grenades and an automatic rifle. The American research station personnel are armed for bear as well: pump-action shotguns and flame throwers. Flame throwers? From one of the stills here, it also looks like the Norwegians thought any good arctic research station should be equipped with flame throwers. I just never understood the thinking there.

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