New Cast and Story Details of ‘The Thing’ Prequel

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the thing prequel New Cast and Story Details of The Thing Prequel

Oh, don’t worry, Richard Masur. That’s just the throng of seething, groaning horror fans responding to news about Universal’s prequel (named like a remake) to John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi/horror classic, The Thing.

Screen Rant has been covering what story and casting details we could as they surfaced, but this week brings some interesting insight into the shape and style of the movie, which has just started shooting.

The LA Times reports that producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Children of Men, Slither, Dawn of the Dead) think of the project as “a companion piece to the original,” and decided on the movie when Universal prompted them to sift through the Universal catalog for a property ripe for a remake. In a climate where studios are terrified of pursuing an original idea, Newman at least felt optimistic given that Universal, once upon a time, was the trailblazing master of monster movies and therefore had a great selection to revisit.

Abraham describes The Thing prequel as “a crime scene…and the audience gets to be the detective, trying to piece together what horrible things have occurred.” Newman sees it as “a new story to tell, with the same characters and the same world, but from a very different point of view.

The reverence in which the filmmakers hold The Thing and the fact that they cite Alien as the model for this prequel – frightening, sophisticated and character-driven – are both promising on paper and ambitious. Personally, I expect my genre movies to have some ambition in them, otherwise what’s the point?

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It seems as though the story takes place before the original Thing. The film is set in the Norwegian research settlement where Kurt Russel discovered the first signs of something amiss (see pic above). The cast of the prequel will of course be ‘international’ as well as coed – marked differences from Carpenter’s film. Norwegian will be spoken – and yes, subtitles will have to be read (small victories, but I’ll take ’em where I can get ’em). The leads will of course be American.

Incidentally, the Norwegian cast members of The Thing prequel were announced today at Dagbladet: Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristopher Hivju and Jo Adrian Haavind. Gloriously, the English translation for the article title reads as “These Norwegians to be Killed in the Hollywood Sequel”, which is sheer prophetic genius.


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Patrick Goldstein describes his feelings towards the project as cautious optimism, and I guess that sounds about right. I’ll be interested to see what they do with it, and of course I want it to be good. Right now, the greatest detractor from the possibility that it could be a quality prequel are the leads – the young, fresh faced, great-looking, American leads. With them, I am already bored.

Universal, trust me. I’m a 24-year-old female, and at the end of the day I will still probably relate better and be more interested in Keith David’s character, Childs, from the original Thing than I will be in Kate Lloyd. If the characters are no good, The Thing prequel will be another failed attempt to revisit a stand-alone classic. Fingers crossed that won’t be the case.

Source: LA Times via Shock Till You Drop

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  1. Look on the bright side: most of those Norwegian actors are accomplished actors, and eye candy to boot–Dennis Storhøi was Herger in “The 13th Warrior,” and Trond Espen Seim is a looker as well. (That's the worst photo of him I've ever seen.) Even if the American/Canadian/Australian actors suck, the rest of the cast has the chops to save the movie. As a 27-year-old female and a big fan of Storhøi and Seim, I'm really looking forward to this film.

  2. I was there in the theater in 1982. Talk about “Shock and Awe”. I even grabbed an original movie poster from the theater.

    I'm with you, Amanda, my fingers are crossed as well.

    Or as Jeff Goldblum put it: “This is the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas”

  3. Word around the the net isn't good. Let's look at some details shall we;

    >Director: Matthijs Van Heijningen- as a director in 14 years he's done a short and a music video and “Army of the dead” (2010). He's rewritten some of a R. Moore script for this movie! The one rumored to include a relative of MacReady. Supposedly that's been excised but really how good can this be?
    >Special Effects: Amalgamated Dynamics- Um not ROB BOTTIN PRODUCTIONS INC? Why not? Too busy or do we see a trend here. Granted A.D. has some cred. to their name but also have some negative publicity. It's rumored that the X-Files (2008) director, Chris Carter wasn't very happy with them on their alien effects for his film.
    >Filming: It's reported that 4 months have been slated to film in Toronto and you might get a month window this time of the year for snow. Wow tight schedule for such an inexperienced director. Hope he's got his ducks in a row, because if he has to move any, he's likely to break off some feet.
    >Sound: It's reported with the mixed cast their will be a fair amount of subtitling. Hmm, unless your scenes are simple and straightforward you lose a-lot of the drama and tension when your busy reading a lot of dialog. Really you lose just about everything else in a complex scene.
    >Budget: unknown!- Yikes It's been reported that “Predators” helmed by a more seasoned team has a $45M budget. You would think that the publicity arm of Universal would've leaked at least some semi-impressive budget numbers, even rumors by now to give the fan base some assurance.

    No big name actors, no big name director, what Universal couldn't scare up David Lynch/Mark Frost to helm this? Inject some truly unique strangeness into it? Half the dialog is going to be in another language and half of the ensemble, the half that speaks English aren't all that experienced. This isn't looking all that great to be trying to capitalize on such a cult title.

    What are these people thinking, that they can create some kind of “Paranormal activity” movie for the Sci-Horror crowd???

  4. It might be fun for you to know that Dennis Storhøi, one of the Norwegian actors, also
    had a role as a viking in the film the 13th warrior.

    He is a good actor, hollywood- let him in!

    I am also Norwegian 😉

  5. for some reason no comments showed up when I wrote mine, sorry for the duplicate info…

  6. Well johnny can you teach us enough Norwegian to get us through this movie??

    Heard your native language is pretty tough…

  7. Well johnny can you teach us enough Norwegian to get us through this movie??

    Heard your native language is pretty tough…

  8. The Thing by Carpenter is one of my all-time favorite movies, since I was a kid (21 years now), and inspired me to become a filmmaker. I don't know how I feel about it. And subtitles? Seriously? Look, I'm a HUGE movie fan, but even I'll admit that subtitles, like those in Inglorious Basterds, really get annoying.


  9. Maybe your right. Maybe they should have British actors playing Germans and speaking with a British accent like in the movie, Valkyrie. That certainly made it more realistic for me!

  10. I loooove Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim and Stig Henrik Hoff!! <3<3<3 They are my favourite Norwegian actors <3