Wait a Minute - The Thing Remake is Actually a Prequel?!
We've known about the remake of John Carpenter's The Thing that's been in development for a while, but we haven't ever actually written about it before, what a shame. So now that Latino Review has brought some exciting news on the remake today, I thought it would be a great time to write about it. George Roush talked with producer Marc Abraham recently and was able to chat with him about the remake -- but wait, it's not a remake. So what is it? "This is more of a prequel than a sequel… it's going to be taking place in the same time frame." So what exactly does that mean we'll see? Abrams explained that this film will show "the events leading up to the 1982 film." Very smart move on Abraham's part.
I've you've been living a secluded life and haven't ever actually seen The Thing, it's about scientists in the Antarctic that are confronted by a shape-shifting alien. In the film, we're introduced to an American research team (led by Kurt Russell) that is sent to investigate a Norwegian research team that was massacred by the alien. As far as we know, the origin of the alien and/or how it got to earth was never revealed. As George predicts, this prequel might show us how the alien got here and the story about the Norwegian scientists who were killed before we joined in. For reasons I can't exactly explain, this sounds pretty badass and I'll admit that I'm genuinely excited to see this movie come together in this way.
I know that The Thing is one of those classic thrillers that falls into the category of films that should never, ever be remade. And that's why this news is not only a relief but actually quite intriguing to hear about. As long as Abraham gets a strong writer and a director than can compete with John Carpenter (if that's even possible?), then we've got nothing to worry about. Maybe it'll start off with the arrival of the alien and jump ahead to the time when the 1982 film took place - which to me sounds like a perfect idea for a modern day prequel. This is the only update that Latino Review has on this remake, so for now, we'll be waiting to hear more. What do you make of this news? Does a prequel sound better than a remake?