It's already been a good week for movie posters, what with the Dark Knight Rises teaser poster and a pair of Sherlock Holmes 2 one-sheets having been released. Now there are two more promotional images for everyone to take a gander at: The posters for this fall's prequel, The Thing, and Martin Scorsese's first foray into the world of 3D family-friendly filmmaking, Hugo.
Universal will unleash The Thing in theaters first around mid-October, hoping to grab the attention of the horror crowd before Paranormal Activity 3 hits the scene a week later.
To clarify: The Thing reportedly leads directly into the events of... The Thing, as was directed by John Carpenter back in 1982. That film was a semi-remake of the 1951 picture, The Thing from Another World, which itself was inspired by the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?". Got all that?
Universal's Thing prequel tells the story of the Norwegian scientific expedition whose remains were recovered in the beginning of Carpenter's movie. The doomed crew includes American paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the gruff pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), who must contend with a deadly parasite found in the remains of a downed extraterrestrial spaceship in the Antarctic.
That plot synopsis and those character descriptions aren't the only elements in the Thing prequel that are more than a bit reminiscent of Carpenter's 1982 film. Just compare the one-sheets for the respective movies in the gallery below for more of that (uncomfortable?) déjà vu feeling:
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Nightmare on Elm Street remake scriber Eric Heisserer was responsible for scripting The Thing, which has also suffered from some of the telltale signs (delayed release date, reshoots) of a less-than-stellar project. Unless the impending trailer for the film looks more promising, it's probably best to not expect this flick to be yet another chilling paranoia sci-fi/horror thriller in the vein of the previous Thing movies.
Much like Disney's John Carter, Martin Scorsese's next project originally went under a longer title (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), then Hugo Cabret - and now, just Hugo. Unlike the John Carter source material, however, the original Hugo Cabret novel by Brian Selznick is a standalone title, which seems to make the changing name of Scorsese's adaptation all the more curious.
Quibbles about the title aside, Scorsese's movie boasts a great cast that includes Emily Mortimer, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings), Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List, Gandhi), and Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) as the titular Hugo Cabret, the mysterious young boy who lives in a Parisian train station (circa 1930).
The Hugo trailer is slated to show in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 later this week, which means it should be online within a matter of days as well. In the meantime, though, here's an early "review" of the trailer from an IMDB user (via The Film Stage) and an early look at the official poster (via Coming Soon):
"Wasn't what I was expecting [the 'Hugo' trailer] to be, but reminds me of an interesting mix of ['Oliver Twist'] and ['The Polar Express']. Probably will be the first Scorsese movie I wont be running out to see opening night, but look forward to it non the less. Didn't particularily like the ['Legend of the Guardians'] trailer music they used either."
Hugo will have to compete with Arthur Christmas and The Muppets for the attention of families when it opens over this year's Thanksgiving holiday frame. Even so, the intriguing premise, great cast, and involvement of Scorsese should help prevent the mysterious adventure tale from getting lost in the rush.
The Thing will reach U.S. theaters on October 14th, 2011.
Hugo will be released in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on November 23rd, 2011.