It took me twenty-seven years, but I finally saw The Thing a couple of months ago, on the big screen no less. Before I saw it, Horror Squad Peter Hall threatened that if I didn't like it, there was no hope for me. Thankfully, I found it to be a wonderful film, and as such found myself rather intrigued when I learned that a prequel was in the works. Although keeping the same title as Carpenter's 1982 classic, a synopsis from Shock Till You Drop reveals that it will retain much of the same plot from the first as well, following American paleontologist Kate Lloyd as she joins a group of Norwegian scientists in fending off a shape-shifting creature that crash landed in Antarctica.

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningenand (Red Rain) written by Ronald Moore and Eric Heissere, Shock has reported that the now highly anticipated prequel will hit theaters on April 29th, 2011, courtesy of Universal Pictures. Sadly, we have to wait almost a year for this film, deemed a "companion piece" as opposed to a remake, which is most certainly a good thing for die hard fans of the original film, itself a loose remake of the classic The Thing from Another World, based off the novel "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell, Jr. Now, a few notes about this.

Moore, who was the original scribe for the film, is a veteran writer of several Star Trek franchises and the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot. In 2005 he was the Peabody Award for creative excellence. Naturally, his script was apparently scrapped in favor of a rewrite by Eric Heissere, the man who brought us the dreadful A Nightmare on Elm Street (review) redux earlier this year, as well as the forthcoming Final Destination 5, which I'm convinced anyone can write. It's clearly too early to pass judgment on the film, so we'll just have to wait and see as it develops.

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