NY Comic-Con Video Blog: The Thing Prequel Footage Unveiled
by Alex Billington
October 9, 2010
There weren't many movie panels at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, but Universal had a strong presence with a few presentations, including a big reveal for The Thing prequel. We've been waiting to see some footage from the movie and we got a first look at some actual photos last week. But today they finally unveiled a teaser trailer for a fairly small audience at the NY Comic-Con and it was actually pretty awesome, I was very impressed. It's a beautifully edited, exciting and thrilling teaser with a few bits of snowy footage and some glimpses of the alien/creature. Everyone else I talked to sitting with us seemed to enjoy it, too.
"It's Lord of the Flies meets Aliens," said actor Eric Christian Olsen, who stars in The Thing as one of the Americans in Antarctica. This prequel takes place three days before the events of the first John Carpenter film and is a direct prequel. First time director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. was at home making this because of his Norwegian roots and it looks like he's crafted a fantastic counterpart to Carpenter's horror classic. "I really pushed hard for having practical monsters… We had as much real monsters on set as possible," he explained at one point, which is certainly great to hear. As for their approach to the creature, Heijningen said we'll see parts of the previous (human) host, "there will always be a little something left."
After the panel, I met up with my friend Jordan from The Film Stage to record a short video blog talking about the panel and our initial reactions to the teaser trailer for The Thing. Check out our video blog below:
As great as the teaser looked (unfortunately we don't know when it will be online) my big complaint is still about the title - The Thing. The producers were actually asked about this, but the answer was pretty much bullshit. "Ideally, we love the idea of our movie living in that universe, that world… It's the same monster, it's not a sequel. We never entertained the idea, it [would feel] like a video game at that point." They didn't even consider different titles? How ridiculous is that. From the footage I saw, I'm sure it'll be a great film, but it's outrageous they're not doing anything at all to differentiate this movie from Carpenter's The Thing. But oh well, maybe it just doesn't matter. Either way, I'll be in theaters on April 29th, 2011 to watch this.