Trailer: The Thing “Prequel” (Official)

If there’s one film which genre fans have been up in arms about being remade it would be John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s one of those films which just continues to gain a loyal and zealous following despite being a major flop in the box-office when it was first released in 1982. One way producers were able to drop the remake idea was just to set a film as a prequel to the Horror Master’s classic sci-fi horror.

Using a screenplay by Eric Heisserer (which used elements from Ronald D. Moore’s own script for a possible prequel/sequel), 2011’s The Thing will be a prequel set on the ill-fated Norwegian Antarctic Research Station. Dutch-filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. will be doing the directing duties with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen leading a cast half of which are Norwegian.

The film has been in production since March 2010 and was suppose to have a 2010 October release date. Problems either with the film’s post-production or just problems within Universal Pictures shelved the film for almost a year.

The Thing definitely looks to use Carpenter’s Steadicam and minimalist-style and the trailer shows scenes that seemed lifted right out of Carpenter’s own film. Maybe it was how the trailer was cut, but it also seemed to have more jump-scares than the ’82 classic. Some people will never accept this film even without seeing the final product. I, who consider Carpenter’s film one of the best films ever made in that era, will give this film a look-see before making a final judgement. I thought remaking Dawn of the Dead was going to be a disaster, but that film more than lived it to it’s predecessor and was very good on its own merits. I hope Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.’s prequel also does just as well.

The Thing is set to have an October 14, 2011 release date.

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2 responses to “Trailer: The Thing “Prequel” (Official)

  1. I think I am once again in the annoyed and skeptical camp with this remake. I’m not sure I get the prequel designation – are we to understand that this new film depicts the personnel of the outpost from where the guys in the helicopter shooting at the dog in the original film’s opening scene have come? (That may be the worst sentence I have ever constructed.) If so, did the filmmakers “backdate” the technology and cultural references to be in sync with 1982?
    Factoring in the reproduced scenes you mentioned (which wouldn’t make sense if it’s a prequel), I am regarding this as a remake. Which begs the question – Why? Unlike two other recent remakes discussed and decried here (“Let Me In” and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”), the producers can’t claim the justification of the originals’ foreign language. Carpenter’s “The Thing” was plain old English, and I’m with you – it kicked ass. I watch it at every opportunity. Story, atmosphere, special effects – it ain’t broke, so why try to fix it? Of course, the goal may not really be to improve or enhance the original, but for Universal to milk further profit from its memory.

    I also agree with you about Snyder’s “Dawn Of Te Dead”. So I will try to keep an open mind. But once a classic piece of art had been created, be it a song or a film, I prefer that it be left to stand alone, without the distraction, dilution, distortion (and other bad things that start with the letter “d”) that usually result from the redux effort. And especially without younger audiences being oblivious to the original, and thinking the remake is the first.
    I expect this to be a decent but unremarkable (and unnecessary) film.


    • Yeah, it’s a prequel. As for backdating the tech I haven’t heard if they are but it looks like they may.

      When it comes to remakes, reboots, etc…I’ve become of the mind that they’re not bad because they’re remakes, reboots and the like. They become bad because of the people handling them. People don’t understand that remakes are not a recent thing. They’ve been remaking films as far back as the silent era.


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