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.”

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