‘The Thing’ Will Release on October 14, 2011

Good news: after some concern over the fate of Universal’s prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, we’ve now got an October 14, 2011 release date for the film. The Thing (yep, still a confusing title for a prequel to a film called The Thing) was scheduled for April, but had that date scrapped not long ago. The film had reportedly gone in for reshoots — not always a bad thing, as Edgar Wright will tell you, and as Germain pointed out — and we didn’t know when the picture would drop.

But a mid-October date will do nicely for a sci-fi horror prequel to a fan favorite sci-fi horror film, especially since the competition is the Footloose remake and Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers. Read More »

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Over the weekend, news broke that Universal moved their prequel of John Carpenter’s The Thing, also called The Thing, into release date limbo. Official word from the studio was the film was “not yet ready” and fanboy worry and speculation began. Does the film suck? Do the effects looks stupid? Performances stink? All of the above? The answer, in fact, is none of the above. Producer Marc Abraham clarified to Hitfix that while they already have a cut of the film, the release date shift has allowed them to schedule additional photography that will “enhance existing sequences,” “make crystal clear a few story beats” and “add punctuation marks to the film’s feeling of dread.”

So while we are going to have to wait a little longer to see director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s version of The Thing, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, the film we do eventually see will be better for it. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Those waiting to see the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing this April will instead find flashy cars on screen at the theater. Universal had planned to release their new version of The Thing, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., starring Joel Edgerson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead on April 29, 2011. However, a studio spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times that film was “not yet ready” and has now been left without a release date.

Instead, they’re bumped Fast Five, the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, directed by Justin Lin, starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker up into that slot, abandoning its original June 10, 2011 release, “citing the successful release of the franchise’s fourth film in April 2009.” Read how the release date shifts might be a good thing, as well some “creative” issues surrounding another Universal property, their adaptation of Ouija, after the jump. Read More »

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Briefly: Just the other day I ran some info about the prequel to The Thing, which stars Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and is being directed by Matthijs van Heijningen. The film is shooting exteriors now in Toronto, and we’ve just been sent an image of the set for the Norwegian research camp where the action takes place.

On one hand, this isn’t a terribly exciting image. But for fans of Carpenter’s film, this certainly looks right. Snow. Barrels. Buildings. Yep, it’s all there. Wait…there’s no blood. Or dogs. They’ll come, I’m sure. I don’t currently have access to the DVD, or I’d screencap the original to do a little comparison. (If anyone wants to pull that screencap, please send it along.)

Not a lot of other info to share right now, but reportedly quite a few practical creature effects are being developed. There will be CGI, too, but I’m happy to hear that won’t be the only technique used to create the alien. The cast is great and the set looks good, so let’s go with optimism for now. Thanks to J&B for the image, which you can click to enlarge slightly.

EDIT: Hit the jump for screencaps of the location as seen in John Carpenter’s film. Thanks to Dionisis for the caps! Read More »

Joel Edgerton Comments on The Thing Prequel

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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 »

Screenwriter Talks Ideas For Prequel to The Thing

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The forthcoming prequel/remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing, one of the best sci-fi horror pictures to come out of the ’80s, has caused no small amount of consternation. Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) wrote a script which is currently being rewritten by Eric Heisserer, who also worked on a rewrite of the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. We haven’t known much about Moore and Heisserer’s approach to the story. Bloody Disgusting got a few comments about the approach and how Heisserer is ‘reverse engineering’ the story of the doomed Norwegian camp that dug up the shape-shifting alien that eventually battled Kurt Russell & Co. Read More »

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