It looks like The Thing remake/prequel is moving along in development with spell-check killing director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr apparently in negotiations to helm the film.

Not only that but we may see R.J. Macready’s (Kurt Russell) brother in the companion piece to the original. Odd, considering the storyline of the film.

According to Bloody Disgusting:

“In the screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, the prequel takes place from the Norwegian camps point of view. An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog.

The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase.

During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team investigate. The team soon realize that an alien life-form with the ability to take over bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over.”

Now, if Mcready’s brother is in the film how does he end up in the Norewgian camp? Or has the script been rewritten and is this a ploy to try and get Kurt Russell to appear in the film? Russell could convincingly play an older brother to his character in the first film -and in my opinion this would be the only way to give this film any sort of merit as the original film still holds up today.

The Thing is the umpteenth remake of director John Carpenter’s back catalogue with Halloween, The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 having under gone a facelift.

The Thing is being developed by Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment (which is Watchman director Zack Snyder’s production company).

Check out Screen Rant for more news on The Thing when we get it.

Source: Bloody Disgusting