The Thing Prequel Begins Lensing in March

The Thing Prequel Begins Lensing in March (click for larger image)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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  • RingoJ

    Moore’s involvement makes me feel a little better about this.

  • Permafrost

    How about…

    That Thing You Used To Do
    The Thing and Mr. Chicken

  • PelusaMG

    If there is even the slightest bit of CGI in terms of the creature effects, then they will have not only shown a lack of respect for Carpenter’s film, but also for the outstanding PRACTICAL FX work of Rob Bottin!

    • Floydian Trip

      I doubt anyone involved has even seen the movie or cares to.

  • Floydian Trip

    Who is Mathis Van Helsing anyway? I can see him directing from a blimp with a big megaphone and huge curly mustache.

  • doubleh55

    I really do grow weary of directors and producers claiming they love a film and wanna do it justice, blah blah blah but end up making utter shit.

  • Blockbuster

    Frank, you excite me.

  • frank_dracman

    Could be called…
    The First Thing
    The Thing Before the Thing
    First Things First
    That Other Thing
    The Thing: The Shitty Prequel

    And for the love of God, don’t let Cameron anywhere near this. The last thing we need is two things running around falling in love for 90 minutes.

    • Floydian Trip

      Frank, you disappoint me.

      • frank_dracman

        Sorry man, it just seems we’re disagreeing on everything lately. You like pizza, right? Everyone likes pizza! There, everything is copacetic 🙂

        • Floydian Trip

          I still haven’t recovered from you comments about 2001 and Pink Floyd. That and the negative comments about The Lord of the Rings made me lose faith in humanity.:(

    • PelusaMG


      The Fourth Thing
      Thing’s Complicated
      Did You Hear About The Thing?
      Thinganormal Activity
      Michael Jackson: This is Thing


    • The Buz

      Holy shit dude. First Things First made me laugh so fucking hard.

  • Floydian Trip

    Cameron should do this. If he isn’t making a sequel to Avatar.

  • Shambling_in_Bandages

    Damn, I wish we had a true horror master at the helm of this; he could probably explain what made The Thing snap on that specific day and decide to crashland that spaceship in the Antarctic.

    Is there a title for this prequel yet? Is it simply ‘The Thing’ (for added confusion) or something arsetastically idiotic, like ‘The Thing Begins’?

  • Terminal

    Man, this could go either way. I hope it’s good.