I'm not sure why, but there seems to be some confusion as to whether Universal's new version of The Thing will be a remake or a prequel. It seems obvious that it's a prequel, since every plot description we've read to date mentions that the film takes place in the Norwegian base camp--and we see the aftermath of what happened there in Carpenter's film.
However, some folks still weren't 100% sure on the whole remake/prequel thing. Luckily for us, star Joel Edgerton cleared things up when talking with What's Playing recently:
"Anyone who is a big fan of the John Carpenter version of The Thing knows that it starts on the American base station but the investigation of where the Thing has come from leads us to know something very bad has happened at the Norwegian base station and the prequel centres itself around there and what happened pre-Kurt Russell".
I remain conflicted about the Matthijs van Heijningen-directed project. A prequel is certainly better than a remake, but I'm still not sure anyone can recapture the magic that made Carpenter's film so unforgettable. I'll definitely give it a shot, and 'm hoping for the best, but I'm still nervous about the project as a whole. I guess we'll have to wait and see how it turns out.
The prequel finds Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead dealing with the life-form mimicking extra-terrestrial on an isolated Antarctic research base. The film begins shooting in Toronto later this month.