Joel Edgerton Confirms That 'The Thing' Prequel is a Prequel
A few weeks back when we reported that Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead had been cast in The Thing reboot/remake coming up from director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., we weren't sure if it was going to be a remake or a reboot or a prequel, which is what it's supposed to be. Australian site What's Playing (via STYD) talked with Joel Edgerton, who confirmed that it was a prequel and that he was obviously attached, with shooting to start soon in Vancouver. He doesn't say much else, but at least we now have confirmation that this is actually a prequel and not some awful reboot or remake of John Carpenter's classic. Read on!
“Anyone who is a big fan of the John Carpenter version of The Thing knows that it starts on the American base station but the investigation of where the Thing has come from leads us to know something very bad has happened at the Norwegian base station and the prequel centres itself around there and what happened pre-Kurt Russell."
In the prequel, which probably isn't called The Thing, Edgerton plays a "blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot" named Sam Carter who teams up with a PhD candidate named Kate Lloyd (Winstead), who is part of a Norwegian research team working in Antarctica. They discover a "trapped organism" in an alien ship in the ice that is freed and begins attacking researchers. That plot synopsis makes it sound so similar to original movie's plot, but as Edgerton says, it's all about the pre-Kurt Russell story that we get to see a bit of at the beginning of The Thing. Shooting is supposed to start in March, so we'll keep you updated! Sound good?