The Thing Remake Will Be A Prequel

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:16 am,

the thing remake a prequel The Thing Remake Will Be A PrequelI have no idea how this one passed me by.

As a huge fan of John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Howard Hawks, The Thing is one of my favorite films. I have vague memories of rumblings about sequels and remakes, but I never knew that anything even remotely concrete was beginning to form. Well it turns out that a story is in place that sets the film before the events of John Carpenter’s film.

Producer Marc Abraham had this to say to Latino Review:

“This is more of a prequel than a sequel, there is your exclusive. It’s going to be taking place in the same time frame.”

He went on to say:

“These are the events leading up to the 1982 film.”

The first film is set in an Antarctic research station where a shape-shifting alien kills the men stationed there one by one. The opening of the film, to the sounds of a pulsating Ennio Morricone score, follows a Norwegian helicopter as it tracks a dog (The Thing) to the research base where Kurt Russell and his fellow crew are stationed.

One can only presume that this prequel will be set in the Norwegian research station, and that the film’s finale will be the above mentioned helicopter chase.

I’m not sure what to think about this. I’m against remaking classics, however The Thing was itself a remake of a great Howard Hawks film called The Thing from Another World, which in turn was based on a novella named “Who Goes There?.” Both films are excellent in their own way.

Ideally I’d like to see Russell back as MacReady with Carpenter wielding the megaphone, but I don’t think that’ll ever happen.

It’s interesting news, and as with any John Carpenter related stories – I’ll keep you posted.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. That actually sounds like a good idea. I think they addressed what happened at a the Norwegian station on comic book form many years ago. I might actually have those. I’ll have to find them.

  2. The Swedish blokes, I mean the Norwegians? So I take it we can expect bad accents all round then.

    Personally can’t see this standing up to the Thing. The mood of that one is so gripping, and if they go CGI then it just won’t compare.
    Be more interested in the aftermath of the Thing to be honest, with Russell and Davids left in the cold. Much more possibilites there.

  3. Yeah I have to agree with Steven the Git on this one.
    This concept sounds like were gonna see the Norg’s going thru the same thing as the Americans.
    There prob gonna try to get Russell in this somehow.
    Maybe he could do some voice over work as he calls the Norg’s on the sqawk box ???
    They won’t be able to capture the same feeling of dread Carpenter did.

  4. The second worst choice I say.

    A sequel in the Hollywood-sense would have been more of a remake – anyone remember ESCAPE FROM L.A.? Show and tell everything again for all the dummy audiences out there.

    No, this time it’s the second worst choice.

    Another prequel that tells a story we already KNEW. Yeah, yeah, “it will be interesting to see the Norwegians”… blah!

    No, it was BY FAR more interesting to IMAGINE and GUESS what had happened at the Norwegian station!

    And now we will get the easy version – George Lucas would approve – where everything is told and shown to death.

    A really bold move would have been to show an almost depopulated earth, run over by Things and an older MacReady still around to lead the war against them. Have them meet other aliens to join the battle or dig up the UFO at Antarctica and learn something from it (or fly elsewhere).

    But no one seems to come up with an interesting idea these days in Hollywood…

    I say it again: Hands off the classics!


  5. Theres no point in a prequel when we see the Norwegian camp we get a good idea what happened to them and it’s quite similar what happens in the original. I’d rather a see a sequel and know what happened to Macready and Childs I wish universal let him go ahead and do the sequel he wanted to do.

  6. @Mike

    Oh, don’t worry about the legend. Just as the awful AVP movies didn’t affect how people look upon the movies they were based on, neither will this if it stinks.


  7. Prequel = can’t possibly do a remake or a postmake justice.

    I fear for the legend of “The Thing” with this film, folks.