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.
“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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