‘The Thing’ Writer Talks Prequel

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The prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing has been quietly rumbling along in development for some time now. We know that Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore penned a draft of the script and that Eric Heisserer was brought in to do a rewrite for the film which is to be directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Heisserer has recently been doing some on-set publicity interviews for New Line Cinema’s A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot and while doing this, he gave away a few plot points as well as some information on when The Thing might start shooting.

Carpenter’s 1982 film was a “re-imagining” of the Howard Hawks-produced film The Thing From Another World from 1951. The Master of Horror’s film is set in an Antarctic research station where a shape-shifting alien kills the men stationed there one by one. Over the course of the film, the men discover that a similar “thing” happened to members of a Norwegian camp. This new film will focus on these events.

Speaking to Bloody Disgusting, Heisserer said:

“It’s a really fascinating way to construct a story because were doing it by autopsy, by examining very, very closely everything we know about the Norwegian camp and about the events that happened there from photos and video footage that’s recovered. From a visit to the base, the director, producer and I have gone through it countless times marking, you know, there’s a fire axe in the door, we have to account for that… were having to reverse engineer it, so those details all matter to us ‘cause it all has to make sense.”

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Ronald D. Moore’s script featured the brother of R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell in the previous film) and when asked if this character would make it safely through his rewrite, Heisserer was quite tight-lipped.

“That was certainly a character in Ronald Moore’s draft. I can’t comment on whether or not were going to keep that going forward.”

While talking to Bloody Disgusting, the writer also said that production on the film could start as early as January 2010.

It shows that The Thing is still moving through production and that it is still a high priority for Universal Pictures.

Will MacReady’s brother be featured in this new film? How will they fit him into the plot and more importantly – will Kurt Russell play his own (older) brother?

What do you guys think?

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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  1. I’m really looking forward to this film, I don’t mind prequels much(even though the alien prequel is gonna ruin the character), and I love “The Thing”.

  2. Another one of my favorite movies getting a “reboot”. Hope they do it right.

  3. I could see the prequel working as it would focus on the Norwegian outpost in anartica, but I would like to see a sequel more so than a reboot or prequel because I want to know what Happened to MCReady and Childs since I never finished the game The THing.

  4. I first saw The Thing (Carpenter’s) 20 years ago and I’d love to see Carpenter and Russell return for a sequel vs. this. The Thing is one of a few movies that I absolutely love Top 10 film for me!


  5. Man, that movie was a classic and I’m glad to see that it’s getting a prequel. Hope they do it right and don’t screw up like Lucas did with the Star Wars prequels.

  6. The John Carpenter version isn’t a “re-imagining” of anything. It is an almost scene-by-scene rendition of the short story “Who Goes There”, while the 1950′s version was butchered and barely resembles its source material.

  7. Don’t see how Macready’s brother would fit in and don’t think it is a good idea (unless just a crowbarring effort to get Russel back in).
    A sequel would be much more appealling. No interest in CGIing it though. What makes the Thing outstanding for me is that you really feel like you can reach out and tough those monstrosities (not that you’d want to). CGI seems too ethereal to me.

    I hope this goes well but can’t see it surpassing the Thing in my eyes.

  8. @SIN187UM
    You may not have, but I did, and there’s only one piece of advice I can give. Don’t play that game!
    The plot line is horrible to begin with, dozens of cliche that allow you to outline the plot line within thirty minutes of playing. The whole “Trusting” aspect of the game was hardly ever used, as the enemies weren’t slow and cunning like the movie, but fast and dumb and almost every version of the thing monster would just run right at you looking to get flamed. (Which I suppose, for an Xbox game, you could expect it) Eventually you either ditched your idiotic partners; who often linearly were killed off by cutscenes, to die by the flood-like things just because it felt good.
    (SPOILER ALERT) As for the ending, the commander guy who you’d been working for all the game had been diliberately infecting himself with the thing so that he could become immensely powerful. (I don’t even want to begin with how mad that little perversion of the thing made me feel) And it turns out that Childs was the thing, and that MacReady survived (somehow) to help you by flying a helicopter at the end to fight a gigantic… mouth-hand-monster-thing, that was originally your commander.

    So in short, the game is basically a cheap remix of complex elements, under the guise of innovative game play.

  9. I am anxious to see this film.
    Go for it!

  10. There’s a nagging doubt in my head about this prequel. Logically, the events are already laid out by Carpenter in his classic remake.. The Thing gets brought back, thaws out, wakes up – probably not in the best of moods, overcomes the Norweigans but ultimately pulling its “i’ll be back… thawed!” tactic at the end. So what’s the nagging doubt, you ask?

    Ronald D Moore. Surely a prequel is childs play in terms of his recent form (see BSG) and creative writing skills? Wouldn’t he therefore make a better choice in helping John Carpenter pen a decent THING sequel? Carpenter, with the greatest of respect, hasn’t really pulled the goods out since he made The Thing in 1982. Moore could be a perfect partnership to help him produce a film every bit as good as The Thing we all know and love.

    Just thought I’d throw that in there. Cheers.

  11. Kurt Russell back as McReady’s older brother? “You gotta be f****ing kidding!”
    I don’t really know what to think of this. Knowing the backstory of the Norwegian base and events prior to the first film kinda negates the need for a prequel but then both X-Men Origins:Wolverine and Underworld:Rise of the Lycans proved that you can still make a successful film out of those situations.
    This is one of those films that reboots are made for. You can do a whole new take on it without actually denying the events of The Thing.
    Apart from the video game there is a great sequel to the first film already, a graphic novel (I really must stop banging on about comics) which continues the story of Childs and McReady and has that same tension.
    Although it’s nice to see the prospective filmmakers really respecting the (film) source material by looking into it with so much detail. I must’ve seen this film 20+ times and I don’t remember seeing the axe in the door, have to dig it out again just using that as an excuse…

  12. I was watching the movie last night, here at February 4th 2011. I was wondering what the net’s take or anyone else’s was on the fate of Childs and McReady. Then, like the Norwegian camp, I stumble across these posts. I still sense there was life here, the heat is fading and its growing colder. I don’t know what will happen. If only I had a husky to keep me warm—and an axe and some whiskey if it comes to the worst!