Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel

Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing PrequelUniversal’s prequel to the John Carpenter classic The Thing is now shooting up in Toronto, Canada under the direction of Matthijs Van Heijningen, and star Joel Edgerton recently talked about the flick’s relation to the 1981 flick.

Edgerton recently sat down with Shock Till You Drop and dropped the following on fans eager to learn about all the interplanetary goings-on.

“Well, it’s a prequel, and definitely the Norwegian base is modeled on the base you see in the Carpenter film,” he tells STYD. “Being a prequel you’ll see a lot of tie-ins as to how the base comes to be the way it is in the Carpenter film, being so destroyed, and that evidence you see in the Carpenter film, we’ll get a glimpse into that. It’s great because you have a bunch of people behind making it —- Eric Newman and Marc (Abraham), the producers at Strike (Entertainment) — those guys and Matthijs, the director, they have such respect for the original film that they’re not trying to do a remake; they’re just trying to pay homage to the original and also do the right thing with what I think is a real cool way [of] doing that and revisiting the material.”

Click on the above link for more including some digging on the film’s creatures!

A Ph.D. candidate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage.

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  • DavidFullam

    “Being a prequel you’ll see a lot of tie-ins as to how the base comes to be the way it is in the Carpenter film”

    No shit, ya really think so?

  • Spaceshark

    You know, for all my time surrounded by the upper crust of the academe, never have I met one that looked like an underwear model.

  • PelusaMG

    “They have such respect for the original film”… Christ! How many times have we heard that, only to be served a CGI turd-fest, on a plastic plate.

    • Terminal

      Yep that’s definitely the death knell of an upcoming prequel/remake/reboot.
      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • Verdugo

        What about something along the lines of “Its not a remake, more of a re-imagining”?

        • Terminal

          Also: “It’s more an adaptation than a remake. We followed the source material more than the original did.”
          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • FireRam


  • macready

    i see no way that this will be good. they’re running with platinum dunes lines of b.s.

    at best, this will still be unneeded backstory.

    the joy of the thing is the mystery. the paranoia. that only blair sees it originally for how bad things are. and lets not forget that this really an actor and a director both doing the best work of their respective careers.

    • Floydian Trip

      Blair was a Thing and was trying to escape. Still, I’d rather have a sequel.

  • Floydian Trip

    Matthijs Van Heijningen is too dumb of a name to be attached to a good movie. It just doesn’t flow right. Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, hell even Guillermo Del Toro has a certain poetry to it.

    Or maybe he’s a VW.

    • Gus Bjork

      You’re kidding right? ‘Cause you know you’re just going to get everyone all worked up and we’re going to have about 20 replies with goofy but respected filmmaker names and then you’re gonna get all juiced up and such.

      • Floydian Trip

        That’s entertainment!

        • Gus Bjork

          Okay but then no complaining about the consequences.

          And for Gods sake wear a jacket. It’s not summer yet. And stay away from that Matherson boy. He’s a bad influence.

  • Verdugo

    I’ve never been too fond of prequels. You always know how the story’s gonna end going in, and anyone who has seen the Carpenter film (shame on you if you haven’t)knows that this woman and the mercenary haven’t a chance in hell of stopping the creature.

    Best bet for them is they’re either killed, or they somehow make their way back to the mainland, but are quickly dismissed as being insane.

    • FireRam

      Exactly! IE:I watched Underworld(Rise of…..) only because I enjoy the Underworld movies and I think Rhona Mitra is fairly hot. I watched episodes of Boston Legal just to see her (and I do get amused by James Spaders character). But, some of the enjoyment I had watching it was taken by knowing how the damn thing was to end.

    • Gus Bjork

      Yeah but who knows? We really just have some basics on the Norwegians. They find the saucer. The dig up something. They burn something in a pit mid transformation…or at least it’s burned in a pit..who knows if they burned it or not. One guy slits his throat and wrists. Another two hustle after a dog.

      There’s about a dozen Norwegians based on the saucer tape. Three, maybe four, are accounted for. Maybe the dog is incidental to this story. It seems a gimme that there is some sort of victory/resolution. And how many days took place within the camp in the first one? Two or three? And things had just cooled in the Norwegian camp by the time Mcready arrives. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends with survivors coming to the camp from the first on a rescue mission but pretty much ending there.

      I think Terminal has the best concern. What’s to keep this from basically being a redo of the first? Just with CGI monsters.

      • Verdugo

        Fair enough, but the Thing doesn’t leave bodies behind when it consumes them. So the ones that weren’t accounted for on screen could easily have been killed beforehand.

        But yeah, I really hope they don’t overdo it with CGI. There’s a rawness with the prosthetic effects that computer images won’t be able to recapture, IMO.

        • Gus Bjork

          I just hope the helicopter pilot isn’t her ex-husband and they re-ignite some spark. I’m so goddamn tired of that cliche. I just dread it. Sorry, I just don’t see a giant space monster or the end of the world getting my ex and I back together.

          Now a wacky plot to pull the bank heist of the century. That’s a whole ‘nother story.

          And who’s this tired looking fuck with his hand on his face over my post dammit. Dead end job…well, stop twittering and go back to school already then.

          • Verdugo

            I’d like to see how that one guy manages to slash both his wrists AND his throat. Pretty sure that depending on how you do it, cutting just one wrist can cause such extensive nerve damage that you’d be unable to move your other hand.

            So, doing all that and then your throat seems next to impossible. Unless, of course, he had help…

            Of course, this is all totally baseless conjecture.

  • Terminal

    I hope they don’t go too hog wild with the nods to the remake and forget to actually focus on the story and characters. I still get the feeling this will be a throwaway chapter in the Carpenter saga, but I’ll give it a chance.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Vanvance1

      Maybe they’ll focus on great f/x and building serious suspense like the original.

      But more likely it’ll be computer animated crap and an alien clone.

      Is this going theatrical? What kind of budget and time are they looking at?