Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is Directing The Thing Prequel?
Who the heck is this Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.? Not only is he attached to direct Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, but now he's supposedly also attached to direct The Thing prequel that we've been hearing about recently. The horror gurus over at Bloody-Disgusting have learned that van Heijningen is attached to direct this prequel to John Carpenter's classic thriller from 1982 which is being developed at Universal. The odd thing is that we know absolutely nothing about this guy, although it seems like he may be the next big thing. Could he actually turn this prequel into something that lives up to Carpenter's film?
As for the plot of this prequel, as we mentioned previously, it will focus on the Norwegian camps in the Antarctic that were ravaged by the alien first before the Americans (in The Thing) discovered them. Bloody-Disgusting is also saying that van Heijningen is pushing to make the lead character of his prequel that of R.J. MacReady's brother; in the original, MacReady was played by Kurt Russell. To be honest, I'm actually liking the sound of this prequel so far, even though early details seem to be sketchy. In the meantime, we'll see what we can find out about this Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and if he really is the next big thing.