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The Thing prequel delayed indefinitely, Fast Five gets moved up

Nov. 15, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Were you getting excited for that prequel to THE THING that's set to hit theaters in April of next year? Well if I were you, I might temper my expectations as Universal has pulled the film from its release calendar. The film was scheduled to hit theaters on April 29th but the studio yanked the film and has moved up FAST FIVE to take its slot on that date.

The official party line is that THE THING "was not yet ready" (an odd thing to say considering the release date was over five months away) and the studio was excited to get FAST FIVE into theaters sooner. (If you'll remember, FAST AND FURIOUS, the last installment, also opened in April and to huge numbers.)

The news for FAST FIVE is rather negligible but for THE THING it could be a killer. It certainly sounds like the studio wasn't happy with what they had and are taking their time to figure out a new strategy for the film. The project, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Eric Christian Olsen, had already faced some criticism from fanboys so it'll be interesting to see if this has any further impact on the project's buzz.

Extra Tidbit: Hindsight is 20/20 eh?...
Source: LA Times

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2:53AM on 11/16/2010
The bootleg trailer we saw on this site a while back looked cool to me. It was hard to see what was going on though. Maybe they will take this time to make it better. I hope!
The bootleg trailer we saw on this site a while back looked cool to me. It was hard to see what was going on though. Maybe they will take this time to make it better. I hope!
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11:05PM on 11/15/2010
This is fucked up. I just want to see the damn thing already...
This is fucked up. I just want to see the damn thing already...
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6:54PM on 11/15/2010
This is just a remake pretending to be a prequel. I won't be losing sleep over this.
This is just a remake pretending to be a prequel. I won't be losing sleep over this.
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3:22PM on 11/15/2010
Good, let it rot. The last thing the world needs is another Carpenter masterpiece messed with.
Good, let it rot. The last thing the world needs is another Carpenter masterpiece messed with.
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2:13PM on 11/15/2010

Comic Con

I saw the comic con footage...and it looked cool! They championed practical effects rather than cgi for the monsters, and it showed. It was pretty nice seeing actual puppets/creatures rather than crappy cgi for once. I was willing to give it a shot. I hope it comes out, the director and actors were really cool and It'd be a shame for it not to see a wide release.
I saw the comic con footage...and it looked cool! They championed practical effects rather than cgi for the monsters, and it showed. It was pretty nice seeing actual puppets/creatures rather than crappy cgi for once. I was willing to give it a shot. I hope it comes out, the director and actors were really cool and It'd be a shame for it not to see a wide release.
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2:09PM on 11/15/2010

WetOREO

Truly the worst idea for a remake/prequel yet! And it was written by the same awful hack that did the ELM STREET remake.
Truly the worst idea for a remake/prequel yet! And it was written by the same awful hack that did the ELM STREET remake.
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1:55PM on 11/15/2010

No Big Loss.

Looked to me like it was just a remake with a Female lead thrown in so they could call it a prequel, anyway. The plot seemed to be no different from the original. We're better off without it.
Looked to me like it was just a remake with a Female lead thrown in so they could call it a prequel, anyway. The plot seemed to be no different from the original. We're better off without it.
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1:24PM on 11/15/2010
Release the film on dvd via redbox!
Release the film on dvd via redbox!
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1:01PM on 11/15/2010
To bad, I was actually kind of interested in The Thing... Prequel or whatever.
To bad, I was actually kind of interested in The Thing... Prequel or whatever.
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12:33PM on 11/15/2010
It's already done, why not just release it? That way those of us who are willing to give it a chance can at least see how good (or bad) it turned out. It can't be any worse than some of the absolutely terrible movies that have been released just this year (Jonah Hex, The Last Airbender, etc).
It's already done, why not just release it? That way those of us who are willing to give it a chance can at least see how good (or bad) it turned out. It can't be any worse than some of the absolutely terrible movies that have been released just this year (Jonah Hex, The Last Airbender, etc).
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10:53AM on 11/15/2010

good

The Thing prequel didn't make sense with it's setting and story. 2-3 years beforethe first film? On an American base? Why not stop hinding it and just admit this was a remake and not a prequel.
The Thing prequel didn't make sense with it's setting and story. 2-3 years beforethe first film? On an American base? Why not stop hinding it and just admit this was a remake and not a prequel.
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11:53AM on 11/15/2010
It's set right before the events in Carpenter's film, on the Norwegian base. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American the Norwegians bring in when they uncover the crashed alien ship. It's still completely unnecessary, but it is a prequel.
It's set right before the events in Carpenter's film, on the Norwegian base. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American the Norwegians bring in when they uncover the crashed alien ship. It's still completely unnecessary, but it is a prequel.
3:32PM on 11/15/2010
Funny last article i read on here stated it was 2-3 years before Carpenters and on an american base. To have it the Norg. base would make sense for a prequel but i was under the impression that that wasn't the case.

Beyond caring anymore really
Funny last article i read on here stated it was 2-3 years before Carpenters and on an american base. To have it the Norg. base would make sense for a prequel but i was under the impression that that wasn't the case.

Beyond caring anymore really
10:13AM on 11/15/2010

Not surprised!!

This film should not exist I love the carpenter flick so much (his best in my opinion) and when the set visit turned up this whole movie sounded like a cheap cash in to get us fan boys to see a basic remake but all the did was essentially remake it, I tink the acting talent is amazing in this but i really see this coming out late next year maybe as an std movie instead of theatrical release
This film should not exist I love the carpenter flick so much (his best in my opinion) and when the set visit turned up this whole movie sounded like a cheap cash in to get us fan boys to see a basic remake but all the did was essentially remake it, I tink the acting talent is amazing in this but i really see this coming out late next year maybe as an std movie instead of theatrical release
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