We have to admit we are guardedly optimistic about the upcoming prequel to the John Carpenter classic The Thing. If placed in the right hands, given today’s leaps in special effects, it could be a total winner. Or it can turn into one hell of a CGI laden mess. I guess we’ll find out soon enough as the prequel is set to begin lensing in just a couple of months.
According to Production Weekly’s Twitter feed “Universal’s prequel to John Carpenter’s classic thriller ‘The Thing’ is due to begin filming March and continue till June in Toronto.”
Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have tapped director Matthijs van Heijningen to direct the film from a screenplay by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer (Platinum Dunes’ A Nightmare on Elm Street).
“Matthijs and I are hard at work with the very smart team at Strike on the prequel,” said Heisserer a while back on his blog. “We are all so much in love with Carpenter’s film, so protective of it, we’re doing all we can to avoid stepping on its toes. I jumped at this job because I hold the Carpenter adaptation to very high standards, and I knew it would be a challenge to create a comparable companion piece. Sort of a ‘Nobody better screw this up, especially me’ mentality. Lucky for me, the people at Strike and the director have the same standards.”
Mind you, fans everywhere are intending to hold you all to those standards! We’ll be watching intently! Keep it here for more as it comes.
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