It's been months since we've heard anything about Universal's planned prequel to John Carpenter's cult classic film The Thing--so long, that I had started to wonder if it hadn't slipped off into development Hell.
That doesn't seem to be the case, as Production Weekly has shared the following via their Twitter feed:
"Universal's prequel to John Carpenter's classic thriller The Thing, is due to begin filming March and continue till June in Toronto."
I'm conflicted when it comes to how I feel about this project. On one hand, it's good that they're not trying to remake Carpenter's film (which is a remake itself, but is so different from its inspiration that it's essentially an entirely different film). The other side of me is a little worried about a prequel. The idea spending time in the foreign base camp just seems...predictable. This fear was compounded by news from earlier last year that the script was being rewritten "from scratch". No word on whether that means the film will still follow events that transpire in the Norwegian camp before Carpenter's film or not. I would assume it will.
At any rate, if this shooting schedule holds true, it means we should be seeing the film sometime early next year. Matthijs Van Heijningen is still attached to direct.
What do you think? Yay or nay on a prequel to The Thing? Here's to hoping it's not full of CGI...