You might be irritated at the idea of a prequel to John Carpenter‘s The Thing, but I don’t see how any fan of Carpenter’s movie couldn’t be at least a little bit curious about what’s been cooked up for the film that is currently shooting in Toronto. I don’t figure this film will even vaguely stack up to Carpenter’s when it comes to effects — The Thing is just too far up the ladder of classic ‘latex and bladder’ based films — but what will the designs look like? Furthermore, will the tension be as thick, and as fun, as it was originally?
One of the primary actors in the prequel is Joel Edgerton, who also appears in Animal Kingdom and wrote and appears in The Square, directed by his brother Nash Edgerton. While promoting The Square‘s release in the US, the actor started talking about his work on the prequel, which currently seems to be going under the working title The Thing. Read More »
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Despite the fact that John Carpenter‘s The Thing is a remake of/sequel to/alternate take on The Thing From Another World, notions of remaking it get fans up in arms. With good reason. Carpenter’s movie has a fantastic cast and some of the best practical latex effects seen in any film, period. It’s tense and fun and doesn’t sag after repeated viewings.
But Strike Entertainment and Universal are planning to shoot a remake in March, directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen based on a script from Eric Heisserer. There have been many rumors about what we’d see in this film, and how directly it would relate to John Carpenter’s movie. A new casting breakdown seems to kill one of the big rumors, that the film would feature the brother of R.J. MacReady, played by Kurt Russell in Carpenter’s film. It reinforces that this is a prequel to Carpenter’s movie, as it takes place in the Norwegian camp that is destroyed before the beginning of his story. Most striking is that this prequel will have…women. Wild, right? Read More »
Commercial filmmaker and visual artist Matthijs van Heijningen will make his directorial debut on the Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead. Joby Harold (Awake) wrote the screenplay based on an original idea by Snyder. The story follows a father on a mission to save his daughter in a quarantined and zombie-infested Las Vegas. Snyder has described the film as a “zombie movie on the scale that” hasn’t been done before. Zack praised Heijningen’s “ability to infuse humor with irony allows him to create compelling stories in 30 seconds.”
Watch 8 of Heijningen’s TV commercials in today’s Video(s) of the Day.
Disclaimer: No, the image in the header of this article is not concept art from the film. It is the work of Joseph Bergin III. Check out his work on DeviantArt!
8 Television Commercials by Matthijs van Heijningen
The Pitch: Matthijs van Heijningen will make his directorial debut on the Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead. Watch 8 popular television commercials directed by Heijningen after the jump:
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