The Thing Prequel Gets a Cast


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?

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  • The Man

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead is really cute. But I really don’t think she belongs in the movie. The think is about a bunch of dudes isolated in the arctic. Now there’s going to be a love interest and the dynamic is totally going to be different.

    And by different I mean just like every other horror film. And Believe me I don’t have a problem with that. nor do I have a problem with women or romance in my geek movies. But I hold John Carpenters the thing in such high regard. It would be in my top ten if not top 5 movies of all time. I want Aliens but instead I think we’re going to get Aliens 3. Which I liked but didn’t take it to the next level.

  • swarez

    “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?”

    Well when you think about it the story of the Norwegian camp is basically the same as the one that happened to the American camp, the difference being that they find the alien first.
    And why put these characters in there? So this isn’t going to be about the Norwegian characters but about a young American girl helping out the foreign scientists for some reason instead of the Norwegian camp getting an actual experienced Norwegian scientist. And of course the rough and tough helicopter pilot, also an American and just a rehash of Russell’s character and there for the inevitable love interest which the original proved is completely unnecessary.
    I’d rather they made just a straight sequel.

  • bullet3

    Ya, this completely rubs me the wrong way. I had thought this project died a couple months ago, but it looks like its actually happening. The Thing is sacred as far as I’m concerned, and if they were going to tell the Norweigens story (Which they shouldn’t in the first place because it removes all the mystery and power of stumbling upon the camp once its gone to shit in The Thing), they sure as shit shouldn’t have americans there, and a young hot american chick. Ugh, and I bet you anything the monster will be completely cgi this time out, making it not even remotely as disturbing or creepy as the one in the original. Just a terrible idea all around.

  • BigHungry

    I just do not think you can beat.
    John Carpenter’s The Thing (a remake too).
    It is possible to do but hard. A remake or prequel is going to be compared to JC version no matter what.

    That will be hard thing to do. As Quentin Tarantino has said. If you are going to throw your hat in the ring for comparison you better hit the mark at least on par.

    I also hope they do not go total CGI and get Rob Bottin involved on this.

  • KYriakos

    God i love that movie…

    I don’t like the whole female thing though..

    What is a hot chick doing on the North-Fucking pole anyways?

    I guess…just so we can have a love couple surviving at the end right?

  • swarez

    It’s actually on the South Pole.

  • Big Hungry

    I too, totally do not like the idea with adding a chick.. However it could be interesting to see if a female changes the mix bit. If she is replaced by the thing it might be harder to set her ablaze even though they know she should go up in flames. Also there could be a crazy sex scene (think of the chest scene but lower) but I still do not like the idea. Also this better be a hard R.

  • pcch7

    I´ll definitely watch it with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in it. She´s hot

  • KYriakos

    I think am gonna rewatch a sweet blue-ray tonight..

  • Fatbologna

    This shit tires me out… That movie’s pretty damn perfect. I don’t think anyone can top the sheer joy of watching The Thing. It makes me all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it! This is one of those situations where everyone would be better off just walking away and trying something else… kinda like the Alien films… or the original Star Wars trilogy…

  • AJF

    A sequel would be better, than a prequel. Although I’d prefer if no remakes were made at all. The thing is, all the good movies from 20 years will be remade for the new audience – the studios could care less that they are ruining the integrity of these films as it’s just money in their pocket. No doubt it will be laden with CGI which would look inferior compared to the original which, basically, used puppets. Albeit, good puppets, shot well, within their limitations. A good part of the Thing was the suspense – something that very few film-makers nowadays get right.

  • kurt

    John Carpenter’s THE THING ain’t perfect, but it is a perfect night at the movies!

  • Maopheus

    This idea for a prequel is stupid. The whole point at the beginning of the movie was the mystery of what happened to the Norwegians. That was what was scary as all hell. So to go and then explain something that didn’t need to be explained, something that we could all imagine is pointless. I think the problem is that these guys nowadays don’t want to leave anything to the imagination, that if it can depicted on film then do it. And besides, this is another example of a movie that doesn’t need a prequel and sure as hell doesn’t need a sequel. In fact it looks darn near impossible to have one. Also that movie that Kate Beckinsale was in where she plays some cop in Antarctica is a good example. It’s idiotic to imagine Kate Beckinsale as a cop to begin with. But one in the middle of Anarctica? Gimme a break.