Universal's The Thing Prequel Hits Theaters in April Next Year
by Alex Billington
June 15, 2010
It's back! Mark this date down in your calendars for next year. The "big news" of the day is that The Thing will be returning to theaters in the form of a prequel directed by Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Universal is currently this shooting up in Toronto and has just set a very early April 29th, 2011 release date next year (via ComingSoon). Either they're making a bold move by launching this one week before the summer (when Marvel's Thor hits), or they just think it'll play well all summer. Either way, that seems like a quick launch for a movie that is just shooting now, but I guess the sooner we get to see it, the better, right?
The Thing, as it's titled, is being directed by first-time feature filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street) & Ronald D. Moore (of "Battlestar Galactica" fame). The film is set in Antarctica and takes place as a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing of 1982. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Stay tuned for a trailer next.