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The Thing prequel: details revealed and script reviewed

04.27.2010

The prequel to THE THING has been described as a "companion piece" to Carpenter's classic, focusing on the body-hopping shape-changing alien as it decimates a Norwegian research base in Antarctica before being discovered by MacReady and friends. (It turns out the other base wasn't actually full of Norwegians, but whatever -- Mary Elizabeth Winstead is there, so let's concentrate on what's important.)

Our old chum, tireless movie scooper Patrick Sauriol over at Corona Coming Attractions, got hold of Ronald D. Moore's script, being directed by unpronounceable Dutch commercials guy Matthijs van Heijningen. While largely avoiding SPOILERS (below, maybe), he does reveal it seems faithful to the original's time period and base discoveries, and that we'll see the interior of the alien's spaceship, along with some unique (and shocking) transformations and creatures. There are also some comparisons to the script for the ditched Sci-Fi Channel sequel miniseries.

Like most movies, Sauriol says THE THING prequel will be made or broken by its director (along with producers, stars, editors and studio suits, of course). But the overall verdict goes a li'l something like this: "Alas, if there’s a major flaw in Moore’s story it’s that it doesn’t add anything new. We’ve seen this same story played out in the Carpenter movie; we watch the characters discover what the threat is they’re up against and then paranoia sets in amongst them as they freak out about who’s not really human anymore. The Thing’s goals aren’t any different in the prequel than the first film, which are to get out of isolation and absorb everything on the planet. There’s flamethrowers, sticks of dynamite and a snowstorm to cut off the base from the rest of the world. Ironically, in every way Moore’s Thing movie is perfect imitation of its originator when it’s really a franchise reboot that comes looking and sounding like it’s a prequel."

Check out the whole thing HERE!

Extra Tidbit: As recently as 2004, Carpenter was still interested in doing a THING sequel himself, focusing on Kurt Russell and Keith David's surviving characters, and explaining away the additional two decades of age as frostbite damage.

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2:39PM on 09/08/2010
I agree with Night Owl. If you must do a "companion piece", just let John Carpenter do it as a sequal not as a prequal. Keep the mystery there, I don't wanna know what happened at the Norweigan (Swede's) base camp. It was John's baby in the first place.
I agree with Night Owl. If you must do a "companion piece", just let John Carpenter do it as a sequal not as a prequal. Keep the mystery there, I don't wanna know what happened at the Norweigan (Swede's) base camp. It was John's baby in the first place.
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7:29PM on 04/28/2010

No CGI

They've been filming this just north of toronto for a while now. I've spoke to people working on the set and they've confirmed that there will be puppets and minimal CGI. Should at least put a bit of hope towards the project.
They've been filming this just north of toronto for a while now. I've spoke to people working on the set and they've confirmed that there will be puppets and minimal CGI. Should at least put a bit of hope towards the project.
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5:24PM on 04/28/2010

A SEQUEL WOULD BE LESS OFFENSIVE

They go to the outpost find the remains of the THING take them to a lab it gets loose in a populated area Drama ensues. Theirs your movie HOLLYWOOD stop raping JOHN CARPENTERS Legacy.
They go to the outpost find the remains of the THING take them to a lab it gets loose in a populated area Drama ensues. Theirs your movie HOLLYWOOD stop raping JOHN CARPENTERS Legacy.
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1:34PM on 04/28/2010
I still think if they wanted to follow in the originals' footsteps, they should have an all male cast. I love women as much as the next guy, and I know it would never happen in today's world, but having sex appeal in "the thing" just won't feel right.
I still think if they wanted to follow in the originals' footsteps, they should have an all male cast. I love women as much as the next guy, and I know it would never happen in today's world, but having sex appeal in "the thing" just won't feel right.
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12:07PM on 04/28/2010
this is the best news i could have heard....the closer they stay to carpenter's version, the better...this isnt something that needs to go in some radical new direction to work...dont get too cute....you have an amazing concept just stick with what works....the only thing ill say is that this one better be chalk-full of great quotes like the following: "you've gotta sleep sometime macready"......."yeah...we'll im a reeeal light sleeper childs"
this is the best news i could have heard....the closer they stay to carpenter's version, the better...this isnt something that needs to go in some radical new direction to work...dont get too cute....you have an amazing concept just stick with what works....the only thing ill say is that this one better be chalk-full of great quotes like the following: "you've gotta sleep sometime macready"......."yeah...we'll im a reeeal light sleeper childs"
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9:44AM on 04/28/2010

leave it to him

Are we surprised that the guys behind BSG dont have a real original idea? Just rehashing someone elses work by updating it to modern times, yep sounds like BSG
Are we surprised that the guys behind BSG dont have a real original idea? Just rehashing someone elses work by updating it to modern times, yep sounds like BSG
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9:17AM on 04/28/2010

NO CGI

NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI!

Please don't fu*k this up...go for real effects. The audience now is a smart one, and won't react as strongly to some crazy transformation done in CGI as they will real effects.

Real, means real. It's just that simple
NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI NO CGI!

Please don't fu*k this up...go for real effects. The audience now is a smart one, and won't react as strongly to some crazy transformation done in CGI as they will real effects.

Real, means real. It's just that simple
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8:44AM on 04/28/2010

Carpenters version is my favorite horror movie of all time.

This is in NO WAY a "companion piece" or a tribute/treat to Carpenter's film, or the fans of it. This is just a cheap attempt to make money, and I think it's disrespectful to the original, and to those of us that have supported it over the years.

We all get the idea of what happened at the other research base. It doesn't need an entire film dedicated to it. Also, I don't wan't to see inside the Things spacecraft. I already imagined what it looked like 15 years ago when I first saw the film.
This is in NO WAY a "companion piece" or a tribute/treat to Carpenter's film, or the fans of it. This is just a cheap attempt to make money, and I think it's disrespectful to the original, and to those of us that have supported it over the years.

We all get the idea of what happened at the other research base. It doesn't need an entire film dedicated to it. Also, I don't wan't to see inside the Things spacecraft. I already imagined what it looked like 15 years ago when I first saw the film. Can't anything be a mystery nowadays? Does everything need to be explained to a tee? These greedy bastards won't stop until they've raped every cool thing from my childhood.
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8:15AM on 04/28/2010
lol.
xactly why i thought a prequel was lame.
carpenters film could be used as the prequel for the carpenters film as well.
just add dog and copter guy at the end.
lol.
xactly why i thought a prequel was lame.
carpenters film could be used as the prequel for the carpenters film as well.
just add dog and copter guy at the end.
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7:48AM on 04/28/2010
This is a bad idea. It's a good once off remake of The Thing from Outer Space but they seem to be trying to resurrect another nostalgia trip to trun into another stupid franchise.

I just wish this wasn't getting made. The Thing was an evident labour of love from a director who gave us timeless stand alone classics. [link] are unneccesscary.

By all means touch up the special effects or make me wear glasses like a dumb ass and tell me you've "made it 3D" but i really wish they weren't doing
This is a bad idea. It's a good once off remake of The Thing from Outer Space but they seem to be trying to resurrect another nostalgia trip to trun into another stupid franchise.

I just wish this wasn't getting made. The Thing was an evident labour of love from a director who gave us timeless stand alone classics. [link] are unneccesscary.

By all means touch up the special effects or make me wear glasses like a dumb ass and tell me you've "made it 3D" but i really wish they weren't doing this if it's just goign to knock off several more terrible films.

Though if you can please do digitally edit Mary Elizabeth Winstead into it....
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7:52AM on 04/28/2010
Also i've said it before and i'll say it again. I can't believe how adjusted peopel are to remakes now. Every time i come on these forums people just accept it. I have yet to see a decent remake since The Thing and there's been a million. I know they make money but that's only because they share the same title as a better film. I wish there was just some way of getting people to stop seeing this garbage, stop getting excited about and stop accepting that it's just something that happens! How
Also i've said it before and i'll say it again. I can't believe how adjusted peopel are to remakes now. Every time i come on these forums people just accept it. I have yet to see a decent remake since The Thing and there's been a million. I know they make money but that's only because they share the same title as a better film. I wish there was just some way of getting people to stop seeing this garbage, stop getting excited about and stop accepting that it's just something that happens! How many times have i said I wish in this spiel?
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7:43AM on 04/28/2010

Wow... that's dull

But then again, there's no way this prequel will surpass the original, or even come close, by a long shot. That movie had a special and unique mood to it that has yet to be matched.

If you're gonna make a prequel, then at least TRY to make it better or at least different. What's with the low ambitions in Hollywood these days?
But then again, there's no way this prequel will surpass the original, or even come close, by a long shot. That movie had a special and unique mood to it that has yet to be matched.

If you're gonna make a prequel, then at least TRY to make it better or at least different. What's with the low ambitions in Hollywood these days?
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7:10AM on 04/28/2010
I think i might have prefered this if it was all in Norwegian with subtitles but i'll keep an eye on this with interest. It doesn't have to be a re-tread but will be interesting where they go with it. Are the effects going to be practical like the First Carpenter movie or a CG fest??
I think i might have prefered this if it was all in Norwegian with subtitles but i'll keep an eye on this with interest. It doesn't have to be a re-tread but will be interesting where they go with it. Are the effects going to be practical like the First Carpenter movie or a CG fest??
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2:44AM on 04/28/2010
The prequel would have been nice if they had focused on giving a proper intro for the thing (technology, records of some translatable sort, anything to provide a background)... not too interested in a reboot
The prequel would have been nice if they had focused on giving a proper intro for the thing (technology, records of some translatable sort, anything to provide a background)... not too interested in a reboot
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1:56AM on 04/28/2010
There is a prequel its titled The Thing for the PS2. But its all good im happy to see it at least it isnt a Remake.
There is a prequel its titled The Thing for the PS2. But its all good im happy to see it at least it isnt a Remake.
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4:46AM on 04/28/2010
It's actually a sequel. Great game, though.
It's actually a sequel. Great game, though.
1:25AM on 04/28/2010

damn.

I think a prequel would be the right direction... if it added something new. Maybe some revelation about the creature or their technology that we didn't know before. Though, this new bit of news has me worried :/
I think a prequel would be the right direction... if it added something new. Maybe some revelation about the creature or their technology that we didn't know before. Though, this new bit of news has me worried :/
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1:22AM on 04/28/2010

damn.

I think a prequel would be the right direction... if it added something new. Maybe some revelation about the creature or their technology that we didn't know before. Though, this new bit of news has me worried :/
I think a prequel would be the right direction... if it added something new. Maybe some revelation about the creature or their technology that we didn't know before. Though, this new bit of news has me worried :/
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1:25AM on 04/28/2010
...and if their was a "fresh idea" added, it better not be some bullshit twist right before the obvious end. Let the audience know right away so the film can evolve the plot element.
...and if their was a "fresh idea" added, it better not be some bullshit twist right before the obvious end. Let the audience know right away so the film can evolve the plot element.
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12:10AM on 04/28/2010

That's a little sad.

You'd hope a prequel/sequel would twist up the story a bit.

I'd personally prefer a sequel, because then the options are open. You can send a Thing to New York, for example. Or infecting the guys, predators, aliens in the Antarctic temple of AvP. (okay, maybe too nerdy)

A prequel keeps the situation limited.
You'd hope a prequel/sequel would twist up the story a bit.

I'd personally prefer a sequel, because then the options are open. You can send a Thing to New York, for example. Or infecting the guys, predators, aliens in the Antarctic temple of AvP. (okay, maybe too nerdy)

A prequel keeps the situation limited.
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