Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will need to flee from the warmest place to hide (hint: it’s Man) as they’ve been cast to lead Matthijs Van Heijningen’s remake of/prequel to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 horror film, The Thing. Heat Vision reports that Winstead, “will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage.” I believe I speak for everyone who has seen Carpenter’s film when I say, “Good luck with that.”
Hit the jump for a brief history of The Thing along with some more details on the project.
What makes the 1982 film (which was a remake of the 1951 Howard Hawks film The Thing from Another World, which in turn was based off the 1938 short story, “Who Goes There?”) such a horrific ride is not only could the organism reside in anyone, but when it’s discovered it bursts out in an unexpected-yet-reliably-horrific fashion. The new film, which is scheduled to begin shooting on March 15th, is a remake but is inspired by the events at the beginning of the 1982 version where remaining members of the Norweigan team are trying desperately to kill a runaway dog that has been infected with the organism. The screenplay for the new film was written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, 2003) and Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2010). Hopefully, Van Heijningen, who is making his feature film directing debut after cutting his teeth on music videos and commercials, will be able to infect his remake/prequel with as much terror as Carpenter’s 1982 version.
While I could end this article with a nasty little image from the 1982 Thing, here’s a picture of Mary Elizabeth Winstead being hot, which we can all agree is a far more pleasant visual: