Joel Edgerton on THE THING Prequel; Plus Nash Edgerton on HESHER and Future Projects

     April 5, 2010

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We sat down with Nash and Joel Edgerton today at a roundtable interview for their new movie, The Square, a stylish twist-filled film noir which centers on an adulterous couple whose scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder. While we’ll have the full transcript online soon, with Joel Edgerton starring in the prequel to the John Carpenter classic, The Thing (which is being directed by Matthijs van Heijningen), we got an update on that project as well as what else the brothers are doing.  Hit the jump for what they had to say:

Q: Can each of you talk about what you have coming up next? Joel, aren’t you currently shooting The Thing?

Joel Edgerton image (1).jpgJoel: I’ve got a few movies coming out. I’m in a Lionsgate movie called “Warrior” with Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy which comes out in September. “Animal Kingdom” which our friend, David Michod, won the international jury prize for, comes out in September here too through Sony Pictures Classic. I have a few movies coming out in Australia. I’m shooting “The Thing” at the moment. It’s a prequel to John Carpenter’s movie that Universal is making with Matthijs van Heijningen – I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to pronounce his name right — which we’re in the middle of shooting right now. We just started.

Q: How does that compare to the original?

Joel: It’ll be heaps better. (Laughs) What Matthijs has done I think is great, because he’s a massive fan of the original and he loves “Alien” and “The Thing.” They’re his two favorite horror movies. He’s not trying to reinvent the film. He’s certainly not trying to eclipse the film. He’s certainly not trying to remake the film. But, what he’s trying to do is tell the story “pre” that film. Whoever’s familiar with the film knows that very early on in the original the two Norwegian guys seem to have become crazy. One is blown up in a helicopter and the other one gets shot by the Americans and in order to find out why they went crazy, Kurt Russell goes in a helicopter to see and question the Norwegian base and when he gets there it’s been decimated and they find the carcass of this “Thing.” And this story tells what happened to the Norwegian base. What Universal and Matthijs are trying to do is make a partner piece to “The Thing” while also reinventing the aspect of — modern filmmaking has come a long way — so I guess they’re paying respect to the original while bringing a new time and different [approach] without throwing away what they did in the past.

Q: When you talk about the John Carpenter film being the original, that was done in 1957, so we’ve forgotten how it went.

The Thing movie poster (1).jpgJoel: You’re right. Is it 1957? Yes, in 1957 Hal Roach produced the original and I still haven’t seen that one.

Nash: It wasn’t called “The Thing” though, was it? It was called “The Thing That Came From….”?

Joel: “The Thing From Another World” or “The Thing From Another Planet”? From the original story, the John W. Campbell story called “Who Goes There?” It’s had a long history.

Q: Will this be R-rated?

Joel: I don’t know. I mean, certainly not in terms of any nudity because we’re all wearing parkas and anoraks and all that. But, in terms of blood and gore, I can’t answer that question just yet.

Q: Nash, what do you have coming up next?

Nash: I worked on that film, “Hesher,” that was at Sundance that Spencer Susser was asked to director. I was the stunt coordinator on that and I was one of the editors. That’s coming out. I’m writing another film with Joel and I’m going to make another short which is kind of a sequel to “Spider.” I thought no one ever makes sequels to shorts (laughs), so yes, I’m doing that. And I’ve been directing some music videos.

Q: What’s the name of the script that Joel and you are co-writing together?

Nash: It hasn’t got a title at the moment. It’s still taking shape. I kind of know where the film is but I’m not really ready to [say much more]. It’s a mix of genres. It’s different from “The Square.” I can’t help myself if I base all my films in that kind of reality in some way, but it will be bigger than “The Square” is, I think.

Q: Will Joel be in it?

Nash: Yeah, if he plays his cards right.

Joel: I’m getting really good at auditions so…. (Laughs)

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