Battlestar's Ronald D. Moore Scripting The Thing Prequel
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 28, 2009
In 1982, John Carpenter released The Thing, the second film to be spawned from John W. Campbell Jr.'s short story "Who Goes There." Universal has officially announced today that Ronald D. Moore, the mastermind behind such groundbreaking shows as "Carnivale" and "Battlestar Galactica," will pen the script for the prequel which focuses on a Norwegian camp overrun by shape-shifting aliens. Geek-gasm. The film has commercial director Matthijs Van Heijningen attached to direct, as previously reported (if you head over to AICN, you can check out some of his ad work). All I really have to say about this is: YES!
How often is it that an original adaptation is such a strong representation of its source material? How often is it that the second adaptation of that same source material is as entirely awesome as Carpenter's take? The answers on both counts are: not bloody often. And with Moore now involved, The Thing is set up for success straight out the gate. For those curious as to where this series of films began, you can read the full text of Campbell's original short story right here. Keep in mind that Moore's prequel is said to use Campbell's story liberally and faithfully in the crafting of his adaptation, so there's always the chance of spoilers.
As for Heijningen, he still remains attached to the Zack Snyder produced Army of the Dead, also currently in development. He's keeping good company - but will The Thing be as big of a hit as I'm hoping?