The Thing Reboot, Sequel, or Prequel

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Solidly in the Ut-oh category is official news from Blumhouse Productions and filmmaker John Carpenter are developing a project of Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic “The Thing.” The project is still in the early stages, and no other details have been hammered out.


Carpenter declined to reveal precisely whether the project would be a prequel, sequel, or remake. However, since he butchered and threw all the canon of “Halloween” in the dumpster, one can never know. The core story of The Thing is about an Antarctic research team contending with a parasitic alien life form that can imitate other people. The key premise has been revisited a few times in Hollywood. It’s based on the 1938 novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell Jr.


Most noted was a 1951 RKO Radio Pictures movie under the title “The Thing from Another World.” Carpenter’s version starred Kurt Russell and Keith David and was initially a critical and box office disappointment. But the film’s grisly creature effects and tense story of the futility of paranoia helped make it a cult sensation among horror fans, and it is universally regarded as one of Carpenter’s finest.


In 2011, Universal released a prequel by the same title starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton and directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, but without Carpenter’s creative involvement. It opened to mixed reviews and a muted box office. I am going to say just like I did with “Halloween”, it will most likely be a direct sequel, but will alter some of the canon of the original. 

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