Just a few weeks shy of the 29th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter's masterful reinvention of The Thing (From Another World), Universal will give it another go with a prequel on April 29, 2011. Forgoing more spot-on titles such as The Thing Begins or Landing of The Thing, the film will just be known as The Thing so as to not confuse it with Carpenter's film, The Thing.
This Thing, though, is likely to cause more pause amongst movie fans than most remakes these days. The 1982 film, which owed more to John W. Campbell Jr.'s short story than Howard Hawks' 1951 version, was not only blasted by critics at the time but was also the victim of being a dark, violent Johnny-come-lately in a sci-fi/horror-rich summer. Opening on June 25, the same day as another little film called Blade Runner that would suffer the same fate, The Thing was already just a few weeks removed from The Road Warrior, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Firefox. Oh yeah, and E.T. opened two weeks earlier too. Since then, The Thing is held by science-fiction fans in particular as a bonafide classic that stands along or even surpasses some of those titles.