NYCC 2010: Matthijs van Heijningen Talks Effects in The Thing Prequel

One of horror fans’ biggest concerns about the upcoming prequel to The Thing from director Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr., has been whether the effects will be mostly practical or mostly CGI. During a panel at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, van Heijningen allayed fears somewhat by addressing that very issue.

According to the Dread Central folks on the scene, he told the audience, “There are a LOT of practical effects in this movie. I owed it to Carpenter not to CGI it up.

Good news indeed! Keep it here for more on The Thing and the 2010 NYCC as it comes in.

In the meantime, here’s a look at the banner display for The Thing, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Eric Christian Olsen, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju, and Jo Adrian Haavind, that’s flying high at the Con:

NYCC 2010: Matthijs van Heijningen Talks Effects in The Thing Prequel

“Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller THE THING, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.”

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  • Terminal

    It’s a remake. They’re just not admitting it. Yet.
    “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.”

    • tedge1979

      Its a similar story, but it is not a remake. I was at the panel and the filmmakers even stated that you’ll see how the axe got stuck in the door, where the frozen two-faced man came from, and many of the other things that were referenced in the original. I thought it actually looked pretty cool.

  • PelusaMG

    Okay, call me a cynic, but why is this movie called “The Thing”, rather than “Thing: The Beginning” or “The Thing: Norwegian Stylee”… and this plot – essentially it’s the plot from Carpenter’s Thing. Stating the obvious I know, but I’m beginning to feel this is more of a remake than a prequel. Oh, and “a LOT of practical effects” is not the same as saying MORE practical effects than CGI. My biggest fear is that this is going to be a CGI crap-fest, and nothing I have seen/read so far has persuaded me otherwise.

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