After a couple of years of sitting on the shelf, it looks like cameras are finally about ready to roll on Ron Moore’s prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Last year the movie received a script rewrite from Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street), and now the film’s two leads have been cast in anticipation of a March 15th start date.
The movie will star Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a Ph.D researcher stationed in Antarctica and Joel Edgerton as a mercenary helicopter pilot. Winstead is best known for her roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Live Free or Die Hard (as John McClane’s daughter), while Edgerton is an up and coming Australian actor who played a young Uncle Owen in the Star Wars prequels. Matthijs Van Heijningen will direct, a young Dutch filmmaker who is also working on Army of the Dead with Zack Snyder.
The weird thing is that although the movie has been called a prequel all along, the title they appear to be going with is simply… The Thing. Does this mean that it’s really just a remake in disguise? I guess if they don’t make any reference to the time period or what comes after, it might as well be one anyway. Thoughts?Recommended If You Like: Heat Vision