The Thing Prequel Will Finally Start Shooting This March
by Alex Billington
January 4, 2010
It was March when we last heard anything about The Thing prequel that was supposedly being written by "Battlestar Galactica" creator Ronald D. Moore. Now Production Weekly (via Twitter) is reporting that shooting is due to start in March and continue until June in Toronto. Universal is developing the sequel and has set commercials director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. to helm. It probably won't star Kurt Russell, so don't get your hopes up, but it still could be good considering the team involved. If they're shooting in three months, they better get a cast on-board soon, as I'm anxious to hear who this will star instead of Russell.
As for the plot of this prequel, as it was reported late last year, it will focus on the Norwegian camps in the Antarctic that were ravaged by the alien first before the Americans (in The Thing) discovered the decimated camps. We heard last year that van Heijningen was pushing to make the lead character of his prequel that of R.J. MacReady's brother; in the original, Kurt Russell played MacReady (seen above). We're not sure if that's still the case, but despite the unnecessary nature of this prequel, there's a slim chance it could be pretty cool. Let's hope for the best, because with original being such a classic, I want this to be great, too.