During a recent interview for the Fantasia Film Festival, director John Carpenter confirmed that he’s involved with Blumhouse’s planned reboot of The Thing.
Carpenter says: “I think [Jason Blum is] going to be working on The Thing, rebooting The Thing. I’m involved with that, maybe. Down the road.”
Sounds good to us!
While not much is known about the reboot at this time, we have heard that it will adapt Frozen Hell, the full-length version of John W. Campbell’s novella Who Goes There?, which was the basis for Carpenter’s film and Howard Hawks’ version.
Carpenter’s film told the tale of a group of American research scientists disturbed at their base camp in remote Antarctica by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) leads the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
The film sports an 84% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter’s The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects.