NYCC 2010: More Info from The Thing Panel & a Bit About the They Live Remake

Heather B. has reported in with more info on what went down at the New York Comic Con relating to The Thing prequel after chatting a bit with director Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.; producers Eric Newman and Marc Abraham; and stars Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, and Joel Edgerton. Mary Elizabeth Winstead didn’t attend as she was off getting married instead (the nerve!).

The trailer they debuted, which mainly showed “short glimpses of snowy action sequences with very little dialogue to go along with it [but] plenty of screaming and explosions” (according to Cinema Blend), was the first time the cast saw the monster with its CGI enhancements. On set the monster was comprised of practical motorized parts, and the actors were grateful not to have to react to just a tennis ball.

The producers said they were big fans of the original and looked in the catalogue to see what they wanted to remake. They felt the original was too good to remake so they went with prequel (but from what we saw and heard, it still sounds like it’s a damned redo): They find the alien and try to figure out who is the alien.

In any event, everyone seemed to want to be a part of it because of their love of the original and for Carpenter. They mentioned John was very nice to work with and they are looking forward to doing so again when and if they do the They Live remake (which Abraham and Newman are also signed up for), but they are seeking out a good script before they move on it.

Keep it here for more from the 2010 NYCC as it comes in.

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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  • Vanvance1


    It does sound like a remake. They’re just dangling the word ‘prequel’ to confuse the hardcore fans sick of seeing their favorite films carbon copied and watered down.

    • PelusaMG

      I think it’s ‘prequel’ in the sense that we get to see what happened at the Norwegian camp, but after that it all sounds the same as Carpenter’s gem! This seems so pointless… like the NOES remake/reboot last year. Added nothing new to what we already knew; all wrapped up in some pointless ham-fisted nods to the original!
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    • theDrifter67

      Damn right!, just like i always fig would happen to if they ever “redone” this movie,, oh lets make it with the “youth” demographic god forbid you could do a movie like the carpenter version with just all men nowdays!


      The Thing’

      Attached: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton
      Status: Coming off her breakout role in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Winstead headlines this prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 shockfest “The Thing,” which itself was a remake of the 1951 sci-fi thriller “The Thing From Another World.” Whew. This time around, the film, which is being directed by first timer Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., features a much younger cast than the prior versions, with Joel Edgerton taking the lead.
      Release Date/Year: April 29, 2011

      • Vanvance1

        That’s another good point. Why does the cast always have to be fresh out of diapers?

        They pulled the same shit with the latest incarnation of Dr. Who.

        At this rate it won’t be long before we’re watching horror movies full of angst filled teens who fall in love with vampires. OH WAIT.

  • Terminal

    Bet you ten dollars They Live is remade to where you need special cell phone screens to see the aliens and not sunglasses. And 3D is initiated somehow.
    “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.”

  • nonserviam03

    I hold out some hope for that prequel, especially after seeing some of Bernie Wrightson’s concept art.


    They’re remaking They Live!?!?!?!?! I shouldn’t be surprised, but I dread that one. DREAD IT!!! They Live is so good because of how cheesy it is.

    • GJW

      And without “Rowdy” Roddy………….there just won’t be enough “cheese” LOL.

      I have to return some video tapes.