Filming Begins in March on Prequel to John Carpenter’s THE THING

     January 3, 2010


I’m no horror aficionado but John Carpenter’s The Thing is definitely in my Top 5 scariest movies.  Now Production Weekly is reporting that the prequel to the 1982 film will begin shooting this March in Toronto and continue filming through June.  Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. will be working from a script by Ronald D. Moore (the TV remake of Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street).  For those who don’t remember, the 1982 film began with a Norwegian helicopter trying to kill a runaway dog only to have its pilot and passenger killed in the confusion.  While The Thing eventually makes it clear why they were trying to kill the dog, Moore’s script focused on what led up to that helicopter chase.  It’s unclear how much Heisserer changed and what they’re going for tonally with this prequel.  I do hope the tagline for the prequel will be, “Okay, so it turns out there’s actually a warmer place to hide than man.”

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