We’ve been getting infrequent updates about the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing over the past couple of years, and last we heard, a director had been hired and it looked like they were almost ready to start shooting. The most intriguing part of the project is the fact that it was written by Ronald D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame, which means it could either be really clever and cool or really cheesy and melodramatic! This week, however, a new development seems to bring Moore’s script into question.
According to Bloody Disgusting, a guy named Eric Heisserer has been hired to do what sounds like a complete rewrite on the prequel. Heisserer recently did a rewrite for the Nightmare on Elm Street prequel as well. He has confirmed his involvement on his personal blog, where he also offered these additional comments:
I jumped at this job because I hold the Carpenter adaptation to very high standards, and I knew it would be a challenge to create a comparable companion piece. Sort of a “Nobody better screw this up, especially me” mentality. Lucky for me, the people at Strike and the director have the same standards.
This is a “from scratch” rewrite assignment for the most part, as was my work on A Nightmare on Elm Street. I can’t say any more on that. I have the highest respect for both Ron Moore and Wesley Strick.
What do you think, did The Thing prequel just lose the one thing it had going for it? More importantly, should Ron Moore be cast to play Kurt Russell’s brother in the film?