Ronald D. Moore's Script for The Thing Prequel is Finished!
John Carpenter's original The Thing first scared audiences back in 1982, and now 27 years later an extension of that story has finally been written and is being readied for the big screen. "Battlestar Galactica" scribe Ronald D. Moore (who was announced back in January) told IGN this week, "I did my drafts. They were happy. They have a director and, you know, it's the feature world and I'm not the key player so we just wait and see if they're going to greenlight it or not. I'm not the chef. I'm the short-order cook who comes in and does my thing and we'll see what they want to serve." Well put. Now we just hope it's a good script.
Thankfully, Moore's script isn't the oh-so-reflexive reboot to the classic tales of old, but actually a prequel to original story. Moore said: "It's really a companion piece to the Carpenter version. We're telling the story of the Norwegian camp that found the Thing before the Kurt Russell group did, so it's very buried in the continuity [and] it's supposed to be the other story that you saw part of. So we didn't want to reinvent it. It was really much the opposite. We really wanted to have this flow seamlessly into what he did."
The director for this prequel is reportedly newcomer Matthijs van Heijningen, who is also supposed to helm the upcoming Army of the Dead, for which Zack Snyder is producing. This is definitely the kind of material that pulls me in. It’s so nice to see a project tread its own path as opposed to reboot what we're already so familiar with. The question next is how well Moore handles pulling back the story, and what the studio thinks of his first draft of the screenplay. With so many "Battlestar" episodes under his belt, Moore certainly seems to have the right mindset for the job. I'm definitely excited to see how this all pans out! Are you?