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Briefly: Earlier this week we saw the first official still shots and behind the scenes images for Universal’s prequel to The Thing. For reasons that no one really understands at this point, the studio is currently calling this prequel simply The Thing, which could create some confusion between the original film and the new picture.

I’d hoped the title might be tweaked, but io9 snapped a pic of a new banner advertising the film at the New York Comic Con, and there it is, bold as brass: The Thing. Only the tagline helps suggest that this is something other than a remake. Still, between the cast (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Christian Olsen and more) and the reports of great pains being taken to retain high fidelity with respect to John Carpenter’s 1982 movie, I’m more optimistic about this one than I’d have expected. Show me a couple great-looking practical effects and I might just be sold.

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