Universal’s Prequel to ‘The Thing’ Gets Its Stars

Heat Vision is the first with the casting for The Thing, an equally titled prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 cult-classic based on John W. Campbell, Jr.’s short story and the 1951 film produced by Howard Hawks of a shape-shifting alien that terrorizes a team of scientists in Antarctica. That film starred Kurt Russell and is an absolute must watch for any fan of horror or sci-fi.

This latest interpretation will tell the story of the scientists that initially found the being with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) starring as a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When the unknown alien is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Joel Edgerton) to stop the rampage.

The film is already set for a March 15 start date in Toronto with Matthijs van Heijningen directing a script by “Battlestar Galactica” co-creator Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer, who co-wrote the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.

While van Heijningen is a virtual unknown, the screenwriting team is enough to make me curious as to how this will turn out. The Thing is a beloved classic by many and I am sure this one has a lot to live up to.


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