Joel Edgerton Confirms That 'The Thing' Prequel is a Prequel

March 1, 2010
Source: What's Playing

The Thing

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?

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Hopefully this movie turns out good just like the original! The first one was definitely a classic.

Rooney on Mar 1, 2010


Well the original was a remake as don't see the need to get all clingy about the canon or the importance of it.

LINKFX on Mar 1, 2010


pass. No Kurt Russell, No David Keith, No head spider, no film.

Xerxex on Mar 1, 2010


All I know is whoever takes on the job of special FX has a hell of a name to live up to. If it works well it'll bring more prominence to the amazing special-effects work of Rob Bottin in the 80's original, and get more kids taking a look at the way great effects used to be made. Hopefully it'll be enough to get them thinking less CGI, more hands on.

Cisco on Mar 1, 2010


thank you captain obvious, can't wait for this movie to come out 😀

DaftPUNKFAN on Mar 1, 2010


Now Xerx they never said anything about no head Ill hold my verdict til I get a trailer.

Cody on Mar 1, 2010


It better be there Cody!

Xerxex on Mar 1, 2010


We already know what happens! This is the same story as the Carpenter version, minus the talent.

Mr Drebin's Extended Wallet on Mar 2, 2010


Who the fuck is Joel Edgerton?

Zues on Mar 2, 2010


#9 that's what the miracle of google is!

Xerxex on Mar 2, 2010


My feelings are that this prequel will not even come close to being as good as Carpenter's film. I hope I'm wrong.

Mega Jet Jaguar on Mar 2, 2010


The thing is a cult sci-fi horror film, and the best work of John Carpenter. This prequel has to compete that. It won't be easy.

var2apo on Mar 2, 2010


What does every stand alone film need a prequel now?

Deathtoll 2010 on Mar 2, 2010


I havnt watched The Thing this year, but I am pretty sure a prequel should be mayhem; and if I remember correctly: The Norwegians are all dead, some violently killed, some by suicide. Its not a pretty picture inside the Norwegian camp, thus the prequel might get quite bloody.

David Banner on Mar 2, 2010


Watched it at the weekend by coincidence, its stands up alongside anything of worth thats released these days. It's fairly gruesome , surely anything made connected with it would have to be as gruesome at least. Having said that I'm not really into the the idea of a prequel.

Jee on Mar 2, 2010


very intrested in this film indeed,the 1st film is a classic of the 80s.

DEADPOOL 72 on Mar 2, 2010


they should just leave it alone , i like the thought of not knowing every detail before things. sometimes leavin it to the imagination is better .Might be worth a check though.

subcelsious5g on Mar 2, 2010


#2, the 1982 version was not a remake.. Both the 57 ( I believe ) and the 82 version where based on a short story called "who goes there"... The 82 is more true to that short story than was the 57 version. The 82 is classic horror and one of the best horror movies ever made. Nothing today will come close to it.

Tester on Mar 2, 2010


I think The Ring is the equal of The Thing.

cintilla on Mar 2, 2010


Agreed that we already know how the prequel ends: Everyone dies except for the guys in the helicopter, and then they die. So either the stars die, or they get away in the helicopter that "Sam Carter" is piloting before being infected. Or maybe they are infected and they spread the organism to populated areas so they can make a sequel to that if the movie's successful.

EJP on Mar 2, 2010


The things with sequels is you allways know how the movie is going to end. And WTF, are we going to have a sequel with no Americans and just Norwegian dialog? Or will they be Nords with a broad American acent? This concept has fail written all over it.

Kev on Mar 2, 2010


I don't know where (here?) i heard of the same plot for the Alien story, but instead of the norwegian base, we happen to know the story of the giant "giger-like-ship" at the beginning of the first movie. Anyway, we hope this turns out to be a good film!

leinergroove on Mar 2, 2010


I'd like to point out that "The Thing" was actually not an original film. It's hard to determine if it was a remake of another film that was called "The Thing From Another World" or if it was itself a sequel to that movie. There are hints of the original in "The Thing" - including the fact that there's a scene where the original is playing on a TV. So this "Thing" prequel might actually be a remake of the original in some way that would help to tie the original more into Carpenter's film.

Squiggly_P on Mar 2, 2010


Also, the awesome title sequence from Carpenter's "The Thing" is copied directly from the 1951 film. Same exact effect.

Squiggly_P on Mar 2, 2010

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