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BATTLESTAR's Ron Moore Brings Us THE THING, And Attempts To Salvage The I, ROBOT Sequel?!?!

Merrick here…
In a recent video interview with, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Executive Producer (and all around cool guy) Ronald D. Moore revealed he’s currently “working on THE THING for Universal”. He didn't indicate if the project was theatrical, for television, or...what. A television miniseries of THE THING was contemplated for a while…not too long ago, actually. I want to say it was under the auspices of Frank Darabont & being tooled for Sci Fi Channel, although this might be wrong. I’m not sure if this "news" or not; while a remake of THE THING has been threatened for the past few years, this is the first I recall hearing of Moore’s involvement. I'm a huge fan of Carpenter's 1982's difficult for me to imagine improving on it too much (although I felt the pacing went a little soft at the end), so I'm interested in...but a touch apprehensive...about how it'll be approached again. Moore also says he just completed a draft of a sequel to I, ROBOT!?!? The notion of an I, ROBOT sequel has been bandied about for quite a while, but this is the first vaguely promising news we’ve heard about it. Guessing it’ll pick up with the Robot society which dropped roots at the end of the first film? Maybe we’ll get robotic discord in space…shades of BLADE RUNNER’s "Offworld" backstory. This isn’t the first time Moore’s stepped into the franchise/sequel seat (outside of STAR TREK & BATTLESTAR); most people forget he received story credit on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II alongside TREK scourge Brannon Braga. Moore’s intense sense of mythology, pathos, & depth of character could suit both THE THING & I, ROBOT quite well. Still, it's hard not be be a little jittery about them.


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  • June 7, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by Jakes Nel


  • June 7, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by Magic Rat


  • June 7, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    second to No. 2

    by Magic Rat

    which would make me third

  • June 7, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    7000 MySpace friends can't be wrong

    by NachoNegro

    That is all.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    7000 MySpace friends can't be wrong

    by NachoNegro

    That is all.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Fir...Aw Crap!

    by Borgnine JR

    I hear the First on every Talk Back gets a trip to Butt Numb-athon AND a blow job from Harry. Oh Well , back to monitor duty.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Please don't remake The Thing.

    by Jakes Nel

    How could anyone possibly improve on what Carpenter has done? And where could they possibly find another man with a beard as handsome as Russel's?

  • June 7, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Is it true about the blowjob?

    by Jakes Nel

    I mean...

  • June 7, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by NachoNegro

    I'd rather see a sequel, starring Kurt Russell and Keith David, Picking up 25 years after the first movie. But don't give it to Carpenter - his salad days are long since over. Make sure it's directed by someone with at least 7000 mySpace friends, since that is the current method of measuring someones capability and integrity these days.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Say it ain't so...

    by venkman781

    Remaking The Thing with CGI is a bad idea. Stan Winston's work on Carpenter's film is some amazing stuff. Plus, it's got Kurt Russell at his best and it's the only film worth watching that has Wilford Brimley in it!!

  • June 7, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    This Year's Little Miss Spitshine!

    by Paulseta

    For the love of God, why would you remake the remake of The Thing? Both versions were perfect, in their own ways, and I can't imagine how you would manage to score a perfect third one... Also, Paris Hilton just got let out of jail, so I am VERY depressed.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Re-Making The Thing is Sacrilege

    by Neo Con Snake Plissken

    I hope the film execs who greenlit that idea get a very bad venereal disease. The special effects in The Thing stand up to any CGI shit fest that Commiewood produces nowadays. FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD!

  • June 7, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    I completely agree. Great character with lots of unexploited potential. I would LOVE to see a movie along the lines of: GIGOLO JOE AND THE SUPER TOY BEAR. I think that's where it's at.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Venkman 781

    by DerLanghaarige

    You can't give Winston the whole credit. Some of the coolest stuff came from Rob Bottin!

  • June 7, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Neo Con Snake Plissken

    by NachoNegro

    The execs behind this idea have many more MySpace friends than us - ergo they are smarter than us, and we have no right to make our opinion known on this issue. Now if only they would hand this property over wholesale to Eli Roth....

  • June 7, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Give me Moore.

    by LoneGun

    Hard to imagine anything topping John Carpenter's THE THING, but if anyone can bring it back to life with integrity it's Ron Moore. Bring it on. Why not?

  • June 7, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Sequel?? YOU, ROBOT? ME, ROBOT?

    by Abin Sur

    Paris Hilton is on her way to kick some Silverman ass, from what I hear.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    You sure he didn't say "I'm working on a thing...

    by tonagan

    for Universal."? Never get your hopes up (or get riled up over nothing).

  • June 7, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I Robot already has sequels

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Asimov wrote a trilogy of books. I forget what the other two were called. But if the next movie is gonna be packed with Will Smith hawking tennis shoes, count me out

  • June 7, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Hey Swedes!

    by Abin Sur

    As long as the Thing stays a "visceral" horror film and does not go into that "psychological" horror category, I'm all for Moore updating this. If he does it well, then I've got TWO Things to enjoy, and what's the harm in that?

  • June 7, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Alex Proyas' I Robot

    by tapehead

    Bears no relation to Asimov's novel - which is pretty obvious if you have read them - they simply took the name. And there is no trilogy - perhaps you're thinking of Foundation?

  • June 7, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by tehgreekhammer

    Theres nothing wrong with a little gratuitious product placement in a film. <p> how dare you besmirch Will Smiths good name? <p> Seriosuly though Id love to see a sequel to that unfortunate abortion from Proyas (a really good director) picking up with a new Main character (hopefully not a still hairless Shia Laboof)

  • June 7, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Will Smith do perform "Tha Jiggy Robot Rap"

    by Spandau Belly

    He's contractually obligated to destroy his credibility everytime he starts getting respected as an actor. I mean, c'mon, Pursuit of Happiness was an actual movie. If he keeps this up he'll end up in another Michael Mann film and there's no way he can let that happen. He better find another embarassment to be part of fast.<br><br>Maybe a Wild Wild West sequel while he's at it!

  • June 7, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by Mace Tofu

    poster is online. No THING needed.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by NachoNegro

    I think that says it all.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    a sequel to I, Robot??

    by newc0253

    I'm a fan of Asimov but the movie was pretty meh so i can't imagine anyone badly wanting to see a sequel. Then again, i'd never of thought a reboot of BSG would be any good either so i'm willing to give Ron Moore the benefit of the doubt on this one.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    II, Robot?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Come on, that title is up there with Splash Too! Take it for free, Hollywood types.<p>Also, mate, ALL of the good stuff in The Thing came from Rob Bottin. The poor guy half killed himself doing the effects for that one, so he deserves all the credit we can give him. Good work, Rob Bottin of twenty five years ago.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Ron Moore doing the Foundation Trilogy

    by newc0253

    now that would be worth watching.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by tapehead

    I, Robot movie does not equal Asimov's short stories published as 'I, Robot' novel - not at all - not in any way.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    The Thing And I

    by Mechasheeva

    Getting to knooooooow you, getting to assimilate all about yooooooooooooooou.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Some summer the Alamo Rolling Roadshow needs to show

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ..."The Thing" in Antarctica.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Ron Moore has chosen HD-DVD... Here's why...

    by polyh3dron

    Ron Moore is Universal's bitch.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    venkman781! How dare you sir! How dare you!

    by Samson_K

    Wilfred Brimley graced us with The China Syndrome, High Road to China, Cocoon, Hard Target and anyone who says that Remo Williams - Unarmed and Dangerous (UK Title) is unwatchable needs to be given a trouncing they will never forget. I shall be at the foot of Big Ben on Saturday morning where I demand that honour be met! Cocoon the Return and the Electric Horseman are both shit though!

  • June 7, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    The Thing - a Remake

    by Samson_K

    No interest - I honestly can't see where they can go. It's not a story that would benefit from an 'Aliens' style sequel with hundreds of Things. It wouldn't benefit from a different location as 'Man is the warmest place to Hide' - so can't set it in Hawaii or anything as that'd just have loads of Things sitting on a beach basking in the sun. No point going to the Things home planet! You could have an Aliens Versus Predator Versus the Thing and that would be crap! Can't set it in small town cause that would be Slither. No idea what you could do that was different - unless it was a biography of Cousin Thing from the Addams Family or about a giant cock destroying Tokyo!

  • June 7, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    And by Cock I don't mean a Rooster

    by Samson_K


  • June 7, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I mean a giant penis!

    by Samson_K


  • June 7, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Is the Hostel 2 coverage over?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I hope so.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I, Robot was a good movie.

    by Cotton McKnight

    One of those channels.. TBS maybe.. was showing it this past weekend and dang it all if I don't watch it every time it's on. Very underrated movie, in my opinion. I would love to see a sequel, just so long as Will Smith signs on. No Cuba Gooding, Jr.!

  • June 7, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I, Robot high-brow?

    by Jakes Nel

    Sorry, buddy. I don't mean to make fun. I thought the movie was okay, but high-brow? I don't really think it required that much grey matter at all. It's not 12 Monkeys or Solaris.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by tapehead

    is so silly.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by tehgreekhammer

    Shhhhhhhhh Please dont give them any more excuse to pepper us with More Hostel crap.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I, Robot 2 - Us Robots feat. Aw Hell No

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I, Robot was a good (=entertaining) movie. But the robot design was lame.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Please, Please, PLEASE!

    by mbeemer

    Someone shoot Ellison's "I, Robot" script! Even if it's CGI (*with* good voice actors)...

  • June 7, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    The first half of I, Robot was decent enough,

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    but the second half collapsed into just another generic pointless action flick with a rogue computer as the villian.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by Salamander

    The remake thing is my fav all time film. Ilove the music and the sotry...okas an update would improve the model effects i guess but it was a great flick. Make a sequel not a remake of a remake. Heck check out he offical comics (think there was two comics brought out after the film by dark horse?) they were enough to begin to base a film upon or at least a concept. Leave it alone the kurt Russel version was dam good imho.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Anyone else @ the BSG event last night in Hollywood?

    by jesuschrist

    I had to leave before the end. Any big bombshells? By the way, Lucy Lawless is as funny as she is hot.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Reboot of "ALIEN"!!!!!!**********************

    by Bishop6

    Is in the works too.. read here:,18459466

  • June 7, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Roger Moore has chosen HD-DVD..., and here's why:

    by Pound Sand

    During I,Robot, I kept waiting for Will Smiff's trademark, "awww HAIL NAW !" But it never came. Like Julia Roberts teeth, it's the mark of a successful movie at the b.o.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    So I guess this news is not okay.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I love you guys

    by IAmLegolas

    and I say that with no sarcasm. All the Harry quote references from other talkbacks, smacking him down, are HIGH-LARIOUS. "7,000 MySpace friends", haha!

  • June 7, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Ooh I forgot

    by venkman781

    I forgot Brimley was in Remo! That movie is brilliant. And I forgot about crediting Rob Bottin. Handing out props as we speak...

  • June 7, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    George Clooney's live-TV Thing project

    by KnightShift

    Anyone else remember that? It wasn't long after 2000's live television performance of Fail Safe on CBS. Clooney said that he wanted to try to do the same thing with "Who Goes There?", the story that was the original basis for The Thing. I heard a few things about it at the time and then talk about it disappeared. Woulda been a neat thing to see...

  • June 7, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I was shocked by I, Robot

    by SlickyVonBoner

    and how good it was. The commercials made it seem like a typical Will Smith smart-mouthin' summer fx flick. But, it was surprisingly deep with a great story and the special effects were amazing. Who did the FX for that film anyways? The Thing was also a great movie, that scared the hell out of me as a kid. Love the scene where they're testing everyone's blood. I'd see both of these movies.

  • June 7, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Give me that I, Robot sequel!

    by Primus

    I really liked the first film, a pretty decent adaptation of the original stories. Looking forward to seeing what Moore has up his sleeve.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:24 a.m. CST

    There are a lot of people who dont like Big Willy style

    by emeraldboy

    for some reason. I think its down to the fact that he makes money and lot of money for studios. That he is commericial. That he understands hollywoods bottom line is green. He has proven that he can act and act well. Some people in the hard-core hip hop community hated his moral up bringing. he out sold them in the charts. back in the days when mtv was wathchable yo mtv raps had a special in which they invited all the rap and hip producers to conference about the future of the industry. Not one of them had a nice word to say about will smith and I think one of the people on the show was ICe cube. This is a guy who spent his early teenage years encouraging black youth to fight the police and disrespecting women. The five words you will never see are Ice Cube academy award nominee. Ice cubes career is now in the toilet. While Will smith can argue with some justification. That his single Summer time is one the best summer songs of all time. I for one love that line "Adjust the base and let the alpine blast".

  • June 7, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Do A Prequel called: 0, Robots!!!!!

    by Diagnostic

    Aw.. Hell No! <br> I demand a remagining of 1982's Megafoce!<br>I always loved how Marvel comics would place..."Because you demanded it! The last issue of (Dazzler, Thing, etc.)"<br>This phrase belongs on the poster of any sequel.<br>Because you demanded it! Ben Affleck is back as DD!!

  • June 7, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    re-booting alien

    by emeraldboy

    Wont happen. Sigourney Weaver wont do it as she has had enough. She went on the record during a press junket for Snow Cake. She wont be involved in GB3 either. Cameron and scott should do it. But seeing as it takes years for cameron to do anything. It wont happen. I saw the directors cut of alien and cameron was right. The nest scene adds nothing to the movie and makes the movie more drawn out. Although it helps explain why Ripley becomes a toughie. Though turning her into an alien was a bad idea.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    i robot was good!

    by soup74

    i was afraid to read all the talkback bashing of i, robot that i expected, because i really enjoyed the film. it was nice to read so many people actually agreed it was a decent film. i didnt expect it.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I, Robot- Best shoe commercial I've ever seen!

    by andrew coleman

    That movie was silly, fun to watch but very silly far from the best sci-fi this decade I'd have to give that too... Serenity? I guess that works.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Just skip all that crap

    by kafka07

    and make a damn Blade Runner sequel. Or a remake of the old classic film Metropolis.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I, Robot=O.K. The Thing= Near Masterpiece

    by lost.rules

    BTW, You guys are hysterical.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    obviously the title will be "We, Robots"

    by TheHichhiker

    .... could be cool if it was a nanobot movie ("wee robots")... as those who never read Asimov and wondering what the big fuss about 'I, Robot' was - imaging going to see 'Lord of the Rings' to find a soap opera about jewelry maker or when the BSG movie is out, it being about a pre-teen boy band called "Battlestar Galactica" The movie literally had NOTHING to do with the book other than a few names. It's not that they changed things visually, or they changed the story to take out any possible meaning in it (like the severely castrated "The Last Mimsy") - no, they wrote a completely unrelated story and slapped names from the book on it.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    The Thing never took definitive form in my opinion. At the end, it was just a mish-mash of all of the creatures it had "sampled" including dogs, Blair and some kind of insect thing. I don't think we ever saw its original form. As for it being a "remake", to me it is a remake in name only as it went to the original Campbell story "Who Goes There" for inspiration. Still, I doubt anything could be better than the Carpenter version. Rob Bottin's gooey, rubbery alien kicks the crap out of any cgi junk out there.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Is Clooney's Fail Safe available on DVD?

    by Barry Egan

    I woule really like to see it.

  • June 7, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    More remakes of great movies that aren't that old, Yeah

    by picardsucks

    I Robot and Will Smith both suck so who cares but "The Thing" ???? Jesus Christ, the new HD-DVD transfer looks gorgeous and makes the experience that much more enjoyable!!! It takes place in the fucking artic, there really is no frame of reference to make it seem dated. No remake of Escape From New York, No, The Thing, I can see it now, The Thing starring The Rock, gay bad gay!!!

  • June 7, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    The Thing, as a celebrity Reality Television Show

    by Ingeld

    All we need are some Quonset huts in the antarctic and a creature (someone out there must want to test a bio-weapon). It has hit written all over it.

  • June 7, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by SlickyVonBoner

    Why do they need to reboot that. You can easily write a great movie in the Aliens universe. Why do we need Sigourney Weaver? To me she does not make the franchise, though she was great. Let's see alien's on earth (AvP doesn't count) or the alien homeworld. Bring back the Colonial Marines!!! They're the reason Aliens was the top-grossing alien-pic.

  • June 7, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I, Robot was a decent adaptation!?!?!

    by Hairy Nutsack

    Dear lord, what's wrong with people? Isaac Asimov specifically wrote his robot short stories and novels because he hated killer robot stories. He felt that humans would not create sentient "tools" that would then turn around and kill their masters, we build safety into our non-sentient tools do we not?<p> Then we get "I, Robot" the movie which was a story about...wait for it...killer fucking robots!?!?!<p> To the next fucktard who calls what I said above "fanboy whining", go read something besides your shit Star Wars novels, you just might find out how important the works of Isaac Asimov are to both science fiction and literature in general.

  • June 7, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Fail Safe on DVD...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...does exist. Or me owning a copy is just in my head. Anywhoo, remake of The Thing is as useless as a second craphole in my forehead. And as for Moore having a credit on M:I 2 along with Braga is not a plus either. That motherfucker sucked beyond all that had sucked before it.

  • June 7, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I was at the DOME Battlestar Q&A thing last night and

    by nopix

    He sure didn't mention this....

  • June 7, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Moore and David Eick are really COOL guys

    by nopix

    very cool

  • June 7, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I, Robot sequel? Sweet!

    by Lord_Soth

    Dig it. Remaking the Thing is pretty pointless. And there are no words for the idea of rebooting the Alien saga. Just erase 3 and 4 and make a proper sequel without Weaver.

  • June 7, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Prometeo

    Can't encourage it enough. I want a Ronald D. Moore re-imagined Robotech series! There is a lot of character development there, the clash of different societies, kick ass action, characters for the old and the new, love triangles, drama, and three whole generations to spin it off. Not to mention the already established fanbase. I know, it would be hard to pull off the "giant transformable robots" aspect of it... but after a Transformers movie, why not? and if they're doing Speedracer... I'm surprised no one has at least tentalized the prospect.

  • June 7, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    i'm amazed:

    by newc0253

    at the number of talkbackers who thought I, Robot was a good film. It wasn't terrible, for sure, the special effects were okay, the action sequences were entertaining plus it had Bridget Monyahan in it. But those things by themselves don't make a movie good. They make it barely watchable. I, Robot is the kind of the film that would be enjoyable if you're stuck on a flight to Tokyo. But it's lowering the bar dramatically to describe it as anything approaching "good".

  • June 7, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Wow, people actually like I, Robot?

    by oceanic86

    I saw it on TV a few weeks ago, I couldn't sit through it. I counted *8* fucking BLATANT product placements before the first commercial break. I'm surprised they got away with charging admission in theaters. I couldn't stand to watch it any longer. Why bother with I, Robot 2? Give us Mac & Me 2: Mac & We. I already have a script written; Mac and his family get diabetes because they can't stop drinking Coke, and have to have limbs amputated.

  • June 7, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    tailhook = Nipples on Asimov

    by Hairy Nutsack

    Who gives a rat's fucking ass where the title came from, in what way is that relevant to either this discussion or the stories of Isaac Asimov that this movie is "based" on? They didn't base this on Binder's writing, they based it on Asimov's you idiot.<p> I will agree that the short stories by themselves make for bad movie fare. They should have started with Caves of Steel and used the short stories as a way to explain the Three Laws to the audience. CoS and the other Elijah Bailey books would work great as films. Mystery, murder, romance, politics, and robots who don't turn into Terminators contrary to their author's wishes.

  • June 7, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Merrick's backwards capatability just feels right.

    by la_sith

    Merrick, WTF? The Thing remake was announced MONTHS ago. Ain't it old.

  • June 7, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Covering both bases..

    by skimn

    A Thing remake? "Hellll NO !!" As to The Thing ('82) being a remake, it was more based on the story "Who Goes There?" than the original walking carrot movie ( as fun as that one was, for it's Hawk-iness).

  • June 7, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I, Robot: Rise of Mr. Roboto

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    nuff said

  • June 7, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I, Robot's script was a piece of shit,

    by Son of Hades

    but they still somehow managed to turn out a film which wasn't a complete piece of shit. For the follow-up, I'd like to see something more along the lines of the Caves Of Steel or its sequels - with a bit of tinkering, they'd fit into the original film's universe well enough, I think.

  • June 7, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    If that's true....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    "the movie was based on a piece of shit script that was changed to incoporate some of assimov's characters and concepts", then doesn't that make it even worse? They named it based on Asimov's work, stole stories from him, bastardized his intent for his robots, used his name while promoting the movie, and now you say Asimov was thrown on as filler? Just keeps getting worse and worse don't it?<p> And tailhook, asking that they remain faithful to some of the greatest books and one of the greatest authors of all time isn't "fanboy whining", but you go ahead and enjoy that AvP sequel tailor made for the lowest common denominator such as yourself.

  • June 7, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    make it a sequel, or leave it alone

    by Ray Gamma

    If you want to be totally lambasted by fans and critics, and you don't mind ruining your career - re-make Carpenter's The Thing. On the other hand, if you want to be embraced by the hardcore fans, and you want to make a huge cult hit that explores a goldmine of clever 'what-ifs' based on what Carpenter set up, then create a SEQUEL to Carpenter's The Thing. It makes perfect sense because, quite simply, there is no recent horror movie that comes close to Carpenter's version. It still shits on modern horror flicks, from a very great height. Leave it alone. Make a sequel and I'll promise to buy a ticket.

  • June 7, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    "The Thing" PC Game...

    by Abin Sur

    Quite good...very atmospheric, and definitely scary in parts. It would make for great "sequel" material.

  • June 7, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Dude, how 'bout a sequel to '82 Thing...


    ala the video game, it could even be the present day, but the events of the first film need to have taken place. No re-boot, re-make, or any other such BS. Sequel/continuation...that would be cool.

  • June 7, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    So Childs is the Thing at the end of The Thing?

    by The Curious Dr Humpp

    Just wondering

  • June 7, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Why is Gigolo Joe's female counterpart named Jane?

    by Frisco

    Is she Gigolo Jane? o_0

  • June 7, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Rob Bottin?

    by otto maddox

    ..the real star of The Thing?

  • June 7, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I'm in agreement here...

    by J.B.M.A.

    ..with those that found I, Robot to be a completely bland waste of time. I wouldn't even rate the effects work that highly, given some of the stuff around at the time - Minority Report knocked it into a cocked hat for a realistic view of a future America. All that Matrix slow-mo stuff as well, but done with NO reason or style. And the script? Well lets just say that those who consider the movie 'intelligent' are unable to see the irony...

  • June 7, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Hey, there was a sequel...

    by Phillyflopper

    In comic form on Dark Horse.

  • June 7, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Whorish Jane!

    by Phillyflopper

    Maybe they should call The Thing...Too! Or perhaps make it a prequel to when The Alien wasn't so evil ala Star Wars Prequel trilogy.

  • June 7, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    What, an "I, Robot" sequel?

    by HellKing

    What happened? Did he just erase "Caprica" off the script and put "I, Robot?"

  • June 7, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    ... ... ... ...

    by jfp2007 all...of...the... ellipses...used...on

  • June 7, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    THE THING EXPLAINED! plus a link

    by ...SUTTER KANE... i made it! ps the thing is my all time faviourite film! if anyone needs to know any thing about the 82 version ask away! yes it was developed for the sci f1 channel 2 years ago but was dropped at the pre pro duction stages!of which the production artwork is floating around on the net! the latest remake is not really technicaly a remake! but a prequal to the 1982 version which will be SET IN AND AROUND THE NORWEIGIAN BASE CAMP! ie how they find the ship in the ice, how they find the thing buried outside of the ship! and how all hell breaks loose, and anyone really interested in the carpenter version like me, may find this interesting, carpenter recently said that if you watch the end of the film, when mcready and co are waiting to die! WATCH THERE BREATH! one has breath the other doesnt! carpenter said this is deliberate! ie one of them is not human! im not telling which tho! LAST LINE... LETS JUST SIT BACK... AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS! how cool is that! but did you know! for the tv version there was an alternate ending shot! where they get rescued mcready has a test and he is ok! however it was never used! GOOD. my final thoughts on the prequal/remake are as follows! PRACTICAL FX and only rob bottin should be approached the animatronics he made in the 82 version have never been beat! for gods sake! nothing comes close! CGI to a miniumum! and a compitent director! darren {the fountain} arnofski would be a great choice! KEEP IT A SOCIAL DRAMA ie can i trust my neighbour! AND THE 1982 SCORE INSTANTLY FELT LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD! iconic score must be kept! AND LASTLY tie the end of the new one up with the start of the last one! as you can guess i am an ultra fan of THE THING! my fave of all time! and most of carpenters work untill after in the mouth of madness is fantastic! MAN IS THE WARMEST PLACE TO HIDE!

  • June 7, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Eli Roth's Thing?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    The Thing captures Mac in the first five minutes and tortures him for two hours until the end?

  • June 7, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Da Robots?

    by JAGUART

    Aw Hell No!

  • June 7, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Carpenter sealed the deal.

    by krushjudgement

    You should wait 20 more years, or do a different sci-fi version of little indians, withouth The Thing name attached to the project. The 82 version is just too damn good.

  • June 7, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Look Whose The Thing Now

    by ArcadianDS

    Starring the voice of Rosanne Barr as "Pickles the amazing android snow puppy".

  • June 7, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I, Robot could have a credible sequal or two...

    by chico-san

    Yes I completely agree with some talk backers: - I, Robot movie sucked. - Should have adopted the Robot books instead, but hopefully they'll do that regardless if I, Robot gets a sequal or not. Now, there are still other short stories that involve the same chars they can for sequal ideas. It's possible to get another movie out for I, Robot, and I wouldn't put it pass them to call it We, Robots or some crap. Caves of Steel/Naked Sun/Robots of Dawn would be an awesome trilogy. And imagine if that was developed in parallel with Foundation, and eventually you'll get a 3rd trilogy where both stories co-mingle ala Foundation and Robots and the other Foundation books. If only dreams DO come true...

  • June 7, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Ron Moore....

    by Boromir187

    ....has been attached to write The Thing remake for Strike Entertainment & Universal for a couple of months now.

  • June 7, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!

    by Pageiv

    The Thing? Really? Isnt there some crappy movie they can remake instead of all the classics? ie Texas Chainsaw..., Halloween (I love Zombie though) Day of the Dead, on and on.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:18 a.m. CST

    II, Robot

    by AlwaysThere

    Love the sound of that.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I could go for his version of The Thing....

    by RevSick

    ...but not sure about I Robot 2: Electric Boogaloo. I think with some of the paranoia episodes of BSG he's really shown he could do at least a very competant version of The Thing if not an amazing one. But do we really need an I Robot two, I mean really.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    The Thing...

    by JohnNadaUK

    "although I felt the pacing went a little soft at the end" Oh do fuck off you smarmy twat! I bet that made you feel cool and edgy to say that didn't it? A prize tit you are.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Asimov and Styx

    by tylermo

    THe rise of Mr. Roboto! That's great. As much as I'm a fan of Dennis DeYoung, and the other Styx members, I think I could do without a mix of Asimov and Mr. Roboto. hehe

  • June 8, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    The Thing remake has level of Die Hard PG13 provocation

    by 9banned0.5furious

    and yes,"I felt the pacing went a little soft at the end" are a pretencious dick. Even the worse in our Camus reading club don`t say stuff like that.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Thing sequel starrring CGI John Holmes

    by liljuniorbrown

    Now that I have your attention we should have a sequel to The Thing. Basic premise,the goverment tracks down Kurt Russel's charector, who's been living off the grid since the first encounter. Seems the goverment didn't belive his story about the creature and labeled him a kook. Now they need his help in trying to locate the creature who has gotten loose from a research facility in Alaska and is terrorizing the small town near the lab. Now to the mythology,is it a shapeshifting alien? An otherworldly demon? or an experiment gone wrong? Make this movie with alot of blood and gore,marines fighting alien monsters and your golden. And cast Tom Jane,Sylvester Stallone,Ving Rahmes and Bruce Willis alongside Kurt. License to print money.