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GALACTICA Mastermind Ron Moore’s THE THING Screenplay To Be Helmed By Matthijs Van Heijningen!!



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The Thursday-morning edition of Variety confirms Bloody Disgusting's Jan. 15 report that Matthijs Van Heijningen, director of commercials for Toyota, Pepsi, Heineken, Bud Light and Visa, will now direct Ronald D. Moore’s screenplay for a new Universal prequel to “The Thing.” According to BD, Van Heijningen is rumored to be pushing for the new film's main character to be R.J. Macready's brother. Van Heijningen remains attached to the Vegas zombie thriller “Army of he Dead.” Moore served as showrunner on “Carnivale” and “Battlestar Galactica,” and co-wrote “Star Trek: First Contact” and the series finale of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” I can’t help but be excited by anything Moore’s involved in. Plus I love both versions of "The Thing" so much I kinda don't care all that much who directs. As with Howard Hawks' 1951 "The Thing From Another World" and John Carpenter's 1982 "The Thing," the prequel will be based on the John W. Campbell Jr. short story "Who Goes There?" Some samples of Van Heijningen's work:  Read all of Vareity’s story on the matter here.

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  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Here's a remake of FIRST

    by BeeDub

    Just like the last one you saw.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    This was reported online weeks ago

    by HandsThe Hands of Fate

    By the horror sites. Why is Herc simply linking to Variety stories? Did you guys know that Variety is a free site now? You can just add the RSS feed. Why is this site just rehashing stories from the trades now?

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I don't know what it is....

    by Jodet

    ..but it's weird and pissed off.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    oh man, this TB will be good

    by Sir Loin

    Carpenter's version creeped me out in 82, hopefully RDM will do it justice...the man has some cred, at least!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    The only thing better then a remake is a remake of a remake

    by Barmat

    remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake remake Gets kind of old doesn't it.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    A remake-cubed of THE THING directed by a guy whose last name I can't pronounce but that rhymes with Heineken. ...... Sorry, that's all I got.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Or a Sequel to a remake which happens to be a remake in itself

    by Gungan Slayer

    as in the case of The Hills Have Eyes 2....or...a sequel to a shitty remake, in the case of The Pink Panther 2...or the remake of "Topkai, ""The Topkai Affair" which is being used as a sequel to the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair....ah fuck it.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    These sample ads creeped me out...

    by LoneGun

    ...and not in a fun way. Still, interesting to get a small look at this director's style. I can't help but notice his frequent use of the slow tracking shot, which is quite reminiscent of John Carpenter's work on 1982's THE THING. I'm interested in seeing this revisiting of THE THING only because of Ron Moore, whom I have entire faith in. I wouldn't trust anyone else with resurrecting this classic, not even Carpenter himself...especially not Carpenter.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Gungan Slayer

    sorry im a dumbass

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Lonegun is right

    by Barmat

    Carpenter's The Thing was lightning in a bottle.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    "Watch Clarke..and watch 'em close...."

    by darthliquidator

    Bring back Wilford Brimley....and make sure all of the following lines get reprised.... "Chariots Of The Gods, man...they practically own South America" "You believe this voodoo bullshit?" "Maybe we at war with Norway" You gotta be ****** kidding me" "I'll put this right through your head" and finally...."Watch the skies!"

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I can’t help but be exciting


  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    The Thing Is

    by theheavy

    The one thing that made JCs remake so cool was all the great practical effects,..the set dressing,and it all added to the isolated real feel of paranoia. I watch it now amazed at the in camera work and how tedious that must have been and it still for the most part holds up....dont really care to see a CGI redux that could no way feel you with the same sense of dread as 1982 and couldnt be as 50s cool as the original ,...what else is there to prove

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    "Finally! We'll know what happened to those Swedes!"

    by Bob Cryptonight

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    I've already caught crap from the guys

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    but I've never seen Russell's The Thing, which is really odd because I've seen Escape From New York more times than I can count, and I love it.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    "They're Norwegians. Mac."

    by Bob Cryptonight

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Most likely starring some douchebag from a CW show.

    by F-18

    Producers think that's the only way the "young people" will watch these remakes.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    oh good, more prequels

    by WhoDis

    I mean, I was really wondering where the alien came from, what it's motivations were, it's life as a child.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Lord John Whorfin

    Doesn't Moore have anything original to say? Or is it all jump on a show after it's been on awhile or remake it as a soap opera? Like we need this shit anyway. Carpenter's The Thing is an untouchable classic and it does not need to be added to, sequel, prequel, what have you.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    Prequel = no suspense or tension. Make a sequel if you must...maybe bring back Kurt Russell even. A prequel however will suck.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Whose the final thing?

    by blindambition238

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    The worst idea in the long, sad history...

    by JuanSanchez

    ... of bad ideas.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    G.C. Binks - seeing THE THING the 1st time

    by LoneGun

    You've really got something to look forward to. THE THING is every bit as great as ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, except it is more of a chamber piece. These were the two great Russell/Carpenter collaborations. ESCAPE is massively dystopian (to borrow a term from another column), but THE THING is about nothing less than the end of human existence. Carpenter reached his artistic peak with these films.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Macreadys Brother? Noooooooooo!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!

    by ThePilgrim

    Look, first they say "Prequel" with the story revolving around what happened to the Sweeds all of it subtitled. <P> Then B-D says plot summary sounds more like a beat for beat remake of John Carpenters The Thing.<P> <P> To all or any of those involved in this- Let me tell you something. Make the God Damned Sequel already!!!! Don't fuck with the original. A prequel is lame, we know what happens to everyone of those sweeds, so theres no damned suspense. A remake is also lame. The 1982 version is pure fucking gold....<P> <P> How then do you sequel. Oh simple really. You have a small scale arctic rescue mission arriving on a tanker to find out why they lost communication with outpost 31. They find both Macready and Childs bodies frozen solid, and very much dead. <P> The damage caused to the research base surrounding the area leaves them puzzled. They collect what remains they can still find littered around. Soemone find Dr Blair's tapes all of them are dated. They listen to the last dated tape on the ship. The report is pretty normal. Suddenly this recording is cut into/re recorded over. Blair mentions Sweeds going nuts shooting at a stray dog and the crew, He mentions the dog, and it not being a dog at all but a thing, he goes on about how it changed into one of them, he finishes it up by saying if you find nothing but dead bodies, you fuckers better burn them all until theres nothing left but ash! <p> Both Macready and Childs dead bodies are down in the ships gully side by side/head to head on an examine table. <p> We can see the ice melting onto the concrete floor from under the table, suddenly the water and ice dripping from the table turns red as it mixes with blood, The table starts vibrating and jumping about. Large red intestinal like tentacles grab the legs of the table splintering the wood. <p> We can't see who's dead body is transforming into The Thing (and we shouldn't) <P> A large shadow grows across the walls. <P> The power cuts out on the ship. We hear a loud deafening scream. Cut to the titles "Thing". It's 6 months later sometime around 1984. The whole world is a wasteland The Thing has won. <P> We follow a band of survivors who have escaped on a ship. They are nearing an island they think is safe and unknown too The Thing.<P> Please do something like this- A sequel! No brother, no winks, none of that bullshit!!!! An all out Original Movie that follows up from the ending events of the film from 1982!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Agreed LoneGun

    by theheavy

    The Pairs Artistic Peak

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    "You guys don't UNDERSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND...."

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "...that thing wanted to be UUUUUUUSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!"

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST


    by alice 13

    noiurjph macready.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I expect this new THING to actually be good.

    by LoneGun

    Do you think that because it's a prequel you know how the story will end? Ron Moore has just masterminded one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all time, and if BATTLESTAR GALACTICA proved anything it's that Moore will always catch you by surprise. I can easily imagine his "prequel" being expansive enough that it will even take us beyond the events of the first film. But mostly, I just imagine that it will be a good film.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    John Carpenters The Thing....

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..Now that's how you do a remake!! That movie STILL gives me the willies, and I'm 29 freakin years old!!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    I would put forth that Big Trouble in Little China is the 3rd great Russell/Carpenter collaboration... and, at the risk of being controversial, I would also say that Kurt's work as Jack Burton is on par, if not better, than Snake Plissken.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Lonegun...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    I don't want to see a Thing film where the tension comes solely from whether or not one character is going to hook up with another. Battlestar Galactica jumped the shark a while ago.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    This sounds dumb.

    by otm shank

    A prequel, with the story centering on McReady's brother. Even though I don't recall McReady ever mentioning a brother in the first one.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Happyfat73 - BIG TROUBLE

    by LoneGun

    I certainly thought Kurt Russell was sufficiently charming in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, a nice comic turn by the actor. However, Snake Plissken easily remains the more memorable and iconic character. As for BIG TROUBLE, the film itself, was fun, but personally I could take it or leave it. I've always thought it was the start of John Carpenter's decline as a filmmaker. That was when his films started to become somewhat campy.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    There's no way, there's NO FUCKING WAY...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...that this will be even remotely near the utter brilliance of John Carpenter's movie. <p>Mark my words. No. Way.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    I see your point... I suppose there is something about Kurt's charisma as Burton that I really dig. Don't get me wrong, I think Snake is one of the all time great anti-heroes, although perhaps I've let Escape from LA tarnish that image somewhat.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST

    if you told me he's directing the Flight of the Concords movie..

    by BadMrWonka

    I'd say OK. but where in any of those commercials did we see anything Thing-like?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    great setup idea...but instead of the post-apocalyptic scenario, why not just have them thaw in some sort of interesting environment and have that be the movie? The Thing, on a huge tanker? I suppose that could go "Under Siege" very quickly...<p>that's an amazing setup though.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    So, same scenario in the beginning as ThePilgrim's idea. rescue team finds McCready and Childs frozen, finds the tapes, then they go back to the bodies, Childs is still on the table thawing, McCready is nowhere to be found.<p>KURT RUSSELL IS BACK, only this time he's the thing. hell, he still looks okay, and he had a big ass beard anyway, no worries.<p>if you want him to be bad, he's the thing for the whole movie, but a third of the way through he turns other people, maybe Kurt is only in part of it as the thing morphs.<p>if you want him to be good, you have them find him as he's thawing and coming out of it, but hasn't turned yet. they run some tests, find the lifeform in his blood, learn that it hasn't taken him over completely due to the extreme cold, it just used his body to say alive, that's why it kept him barely alive in the ice. they extract it, Kurt's fine...he wakes up, they explain it to him. he looks frightened but determined. in his slow McCready growl: "Where is the blood..." they enter the lab, the petri dish is broken, it could be anyone now.<p> kaching! a good sequel, Kurt Russell is back, we're off to the races!<p>copyright 2009 BadMrWonka

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST


    by hank quinlan

    Nonononononono. Please don't. PLEASE!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Actually just watched the thing last Saturday

    by mefrog

    Kurt still kicks ass. Those goddamn Norwegians. Coming in and fucking everything up.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by Organs

    Why can't we just leave the story to the one movie? Just use an original idea! Kripes, even if you just go to a joke web site and use a joke idea, it's better than scavenging on the success of actually talented filmmakers! <br> <br> Sorry, but I just had to let it out.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    The Thing is one of the best horror movies EVER.

    by sonnyfern

    So far as I'm concerned it has some of the best f.x. work ever committed to film, and it's just a genius flick. All that...this shit better not suck.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:42 a.m. CST

    A v a t a r - FUCKING YOUR EYEBALLS in 2009!!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nothing else matters

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    My compliments, LoneGun

    by Jack the Lad

    I never thought I'd see THE THING referred to as a "chamber piece." You're absolutely right, and thanks to your description I'm off to watch the DVD right fucking now. It remains the most frightening film I've ever seen in a theatre and I never get tired of watching it. "That's going to win someone the Nobel Prize." Hey, there's a plotline for the sequel.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    That first commercial ..

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    ... was a great funny parody of "The Ice Storm", the movie by Ang Lee. Anyway, I have a fondness for Dutch directors (Robocop, Starship Troopers, Blackbook), so I say bring it on.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Adverts tell you nothing much

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    People often assume that the advert director comes up with the clever idea. But more often than not the ideas people are the ones sitting behind the desks. Therefore sometimes all adverts tell you is how good at cinematography they are. Not how imaginative, or good with actors, or good with story the director is.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    My idea for the prequel

    by Lloytron

    30 years prior to the events in The Thing, Macready is going to college. The movie focuses on his bawdy hijinks, and is interspersed with the occasional cut shot of the spaceship frozen at the arctic, which hasn't been found yet.<p>Nothing remotely interesting happens. Macready's manhood is nicknamed The Thing. Stifler's Mom steals the show.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Knauf was the showruner on Carnivale.

    by peterwatts

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    Well done, sir.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Here's how it should be done:

    by Ray Gamma

    It should be a sequel. The title should be "The Things", and it should involve a recovery mission by a group of heavily armed marines including a hispanic girl. Maybe Michelle Rodriguez. </P> <P> Then the franchise could be extended further. "The Thing 3" would have a bald-headed cast. </P> <P> And "The Thing - Resurrection" has MacReady as a hybrid clone of his former self. </P> <P>Um, hold on...

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I wonder how it feels...

    by Ray Gamma be currently involved with the making of a remake/prequel that is absolutely DESTINED to be inferior to the source movie, and a complete critical disaster? </P> <P>Guys, if you're reading this, (and let's face it, you are) you could potentially make this a great follow-up if you just listen to the fans. </P> <P>There is no stronger team of 'creatives' than the hard-core fans who know this material better than any of your boardroom writers.</P> <P>For a start, the concept being thrown around here about "MacReady's brother" is totally outwith continuity. If you're serious about making this a prequel, don't piss all over the Carpenter version by ignoring the backstory and inventing a stupid audience-friendly alternative.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Pretty bland commercials, zero style or sense of flair

    by KillaKane

    Stoked about a new Thing movie, but not so sure about the choice of director, I was expecting some kind of TV commercial wunderkind, those clips are bread and butter B-grade commercials. Hope he knows how to cope with a decent SFX budget, those lame aliens in the PEPSI Max ad don't exactly inspire confidence. Did Carpenter pass on this, was he even offered a chance at directing the prequel?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    Fucking pricks. Prequel= dreadful idea. Sequel= worse fucking idea as it pisses all over that perfect ending. Remake= sacrilege and I hope everyone involved gets genital warts. On their faces.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    They already made a sequel to Carpenter's The Thing

    by Det. John Kimble

    It was on the PS2 and at the end Mac shows up in a chopper to help you blast the holy fuck out the Big Boss Tentacle Thing. He even has on his bitchin' sombrero. If you don't count that, then there were some pretty good comic books done after the film came out. Pilgrim's got a much better premise. I hope they go somewhere with that, right up to the galley of the ship. - The menace of The Thing is that it will get out. If it's already out and Earth is pretty much a goner, there's not much suspense. plus the natural propensity of the average film exec will be to cast Bruce Willis in it as a brilliant scientist who's in love with the last hot piece of uninfected young ass on the planet, and while he shoots shotgun with one hand and cradles her in the other he spews out theories on how "those Swedish fuckers" had found some kind of antidote/cure and he's gonna fly down to their old base and get it and save the world. Keep the characters and The Thing in an enclosed, isolated space where that Alien-style dread can creep in.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    A promo director!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    What a great idea! They make such good film directors!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    spider head crawls away

    by semisaj

    You gotta be fucking kidding me...great line great film...shit idea for a prequel...the last episode of Galactica was shit...felt like filler.. almost as bad as the boxing episode

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    No you dont get The Thing on the Tanker

    by ThePilgrim

    You have the opening attack commence on the tanker, right after Blairs audio tape warning "this happens in early 1983" and it's not even seen as much as it's suggested. The Power cuts out, and then you hear a loud scream. <P> Then you cut to he opening credits depicting the world losing the war to The Thing. <P>I would love to see the first few days of war against The Thing. It would be epic since it would spread everywhere so fast, but I don't think the studios have the faith to drop that kind of coin<P> so what you from that opening is what Romero hinted at for ages in his dead films. <P> You cut to an aftermath survivor group trying to find a safe zone to settle down in. The Thing already won humanity is dead. <P>This group survived by going out to sea where the thing has less domain, but that can be argued. the thing possessed a dog it could posses fish and other wildlife.. <P> Main thing is you don't destroy the fans question of who was the thing at the end. Because it is never shown. <P> Was it Childs or Macready... You never find out. They never show you which body the thing came out of. <P> If the sequel does well, then you can tell the story of what happened on the tanker and show the early stages of the war. May some one sunk the tanker to prevent the thing from getting to land.. and that added more unpossession time to the clock. Who's to know you don't show what happens on the original tanker. <P> The films about people trying to get away and survive, but once they get on the island, paranoia sinks or shit goes bad. Maybe the island is well known safe zone and several survivors already stay there. Maybe it's a bomb shelter. Maybe the Thing is already on board trying to get in to the last place it's yet to take over. So many angles..

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    I ment underground base

    by ThePilgrim

    Not bomb shelter. One of those military underground craft building places thats been decomissioned and closed off or turned into a muesem, but then you think, well the Thing could just use weapons to get in... Well there's a guy who made a water powered car in 1986, and he died of food poisoning sortly after signing a 30 million dollar defense contract. Some folks think the government did it. Who's to say we don't have some Unknown Tesla Like Technology to destroy all the electronic devices in the world if we needed too. Like the EM Pulse in Escape From LA. Maybe our government did something like that to protect what little humanity might still be around.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:02 a.m. CST

    My setup for a prequel idea: It's 1851

    by Det. John Kimble

    A British Antarctic Expeditionary Force is attempting to penetrate further south than any previous expedition ever has. But they’ve started too late in the season, and their ship becomes trapped in pack ice. They can only look on as the ship is slowly crushed. (If Bill Paxton is cast in this, this is where he says "There goes our ride home") With no ship and few provisions salvaged, the men assemble a few sleds and together with a few of their dogs, they head away from the heaving ice pack, inland towards a supply dump left by a previous expedition, hoping the map they carry is accurate. There is despair. There is natural attrition - some of the men can't survive the harsh conditions and expire. But a core group reaches the area indicated on the map, only to find that the supply dump has long since been shredded by wind. Desperate, the men begin to talk of dark matters – the sled dogs and the Donner Party are central themes of the whispers over a low campfire. Morning breaks – and we hear the sound of one of the sled dogs barking. He senses something in the wind. The men set off to investigate, hoping the dog has caught the scent of a fur seal or something else worth eating. Instead what they find a few leagues from their camp is a metal dome, protruding from just above the surface of the ice. There are two hatches in the dome: one is open, and blocked solidly with ice. The other remains closed. The dogs are keen but apprehensive as the men attempt to pry open the second hatch. When it is at last finally sprung, the dogs howl mournfully – but the men are at the breaking point: surely there must be something inside they can salvage? By lantern light, two of the crew enter the hatch and descend, amazed at the materials and craftsmanship they find inside – but also at the violence that has wrecked much of the interior. Nothing is more astounding though, than the large man-like creature that sits, frozen solid at what they can only assume is the helm. It is dead. But it is also meat. And it is preserved. And they are so very hungry…

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Prequels need to be taken outside and shot

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Why has no one in the film business realised that all prequels are shit? All of them. There is not one exception to this rule. Seriously, all shit. As a concept, the prequel is an arthritic donkey with asthma, and the kindest thing to do is take it the glue factory.<p>As much as I love Carpenter's version of The Thing, I really don't care if anyone wants to remake/reimagine it. That's fine. Remake away, advertising boy. But a fucking prequel with MacReady's brother?<p>You have got to be fucking kidding.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    How about a balls-out sequel instead?

    by Eyegore

    A real epic, starting with a dog that runs into a truckstop and hitches a ride into a major city. Then let it all blow up full scale, like a zombie apocalypse only with 'think' monters of all shapes and sizes. Call in the military, the president orders a city to be nukes but it's too late, etc. Go make that movie. It would be much better than a prequel with MacReady's brother.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Other prequel ideas

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Since I am enjoying The 5 Days Of Die Hard at the moment, here are a couple of suggestions for you soulless coke-snorting idiots:<p>Idea #1: Young John McClane. Terrorist children take over a playground and only young John McClane (played by that creepy little bastard out of Birth) can save the day. In the film, we also learn why McClane swears so much, wears vests, and says Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker!<p>Idea #2: Hans and Simon: The Early Years. In this one, two brat kids with fake German accents concoct elaborate schemes to steal money from various piggy banks while posing as terrorists.<p>Take these ideas for free, scumbags. You are welcome.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset

    by TheNorthlander

    If you hate prequels so much, why do you still think they should be shot?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Box office injustice

    by hallmitchell

    Is what happened to 1982's. The Thing. It's a masterpiece. I'm sure alot of people agree with that now. I'm looking forward to that Ron Moore script bigtime.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Prequel idea: Batman Hasn't Begun Just Yet

    by Det. John Kimble

    This film would cover the early privileged life of Master Bruce Wayne at Hogwart's.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Mac's brother...does not bode well...

    by Genre_Baby

    Huh? Sibling connections usually don't work. But you better believe I'll be watching this closely. The two "things" I hope they keep: rampant paranoia, interesting characters. Two "things" I hope won't materialize: crap c.g.i. fx and forced humor. And I think it would be better if MacReady's "brother" was nothing like Kurt's character or the source material's McReady. Very skeptical, but at least it isn't a sequel.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Like everthing I hear

    by hallmitchell

    Except for the McCready's brother part. Why?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    and one more "thing"

    by Genre_Baby

    how will Mac's brother be involved if this is taking place at the Norwegian camp?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Dear makers of The Thing prequel

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I apologise for referring to you earlier as scumbags and soulless, coke-snorting idiots. That was rude of me.<p>That said, I would like to politely ask you not to make this film. It's a really bad idea.<p>Why?<p>Because The Thing works perfectly well as a stand alone story. Nothing should be either added to or subtracted from it, or you risk upsetting its balance and ruining it. Make a sequel and you destroy the ambiguity of its ending. Make a prequel and you rip out the mystery of where the alien came from and what the Norwegians were up to.<p>Imagine a guy seeing Michaelangelo's David and saying to himself, "What this statue really needs is a pair of novelty sunglasses!"<p>You don't want to be that guy, do you?<p>Do a remake if you want. Then it's your own thing (no pun intended) and it can stand or fall on its own merits. Many remakes are good. The Thing is itself a good remake. You could do one, too. Imagine that, being the guys who did a really great remake of a really great remake! Wouldn't that be something?<p>In short, don't be the guy who puts novelty sunglasses on The Thing.<p>Yours respectfully<p>Frank Marmoset

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    The only remake you have to remake,

    by ominus

    is the remake itself. But seriously now,its not a remake,its a adapation from the book,just like they were the two famous films. <p>Now the problem is with the director.Ok many established directors have risen from commercials and musicvideos but still i cant say i agree with this choice for a director. <p>Anyway time will tell

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Dear Producers of The Thing Remake,

    by Lost Jarv

    Franklin is obviously a scholar and a gentleman, so feels bad for referring to you in a derogatory fashion. I, however, have no such scruples and feel that he was a bit generous to you. <P>You are lower than a snake's bollocks, obviously so far devoid of ideas, originality, creativity, intelligence and talent that I find it staggering that you are the guardians of modern cinema. Furthermore, you clearly flushed what little talent you had down the shitter through coke abuse and permanently chasing the bottom line. <P>May the fleas of a 1000 camels infest your arseholes.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Wow. I LOVE Det. John Kimble's idea (above)

    by Ray Gamma

    "My setup for a prequel idea: It's 1851 by Det. John Kimble Jan 29th, 2009 04:02:48 AM </P> <P> A British Antarctic Expeditionary Force is attempting to penetrate further south than any previous expedition ever has. But they’ve started too late in the season, and their ship becomes trapped in pack ice. They can only look on as the ship is slowly crushed. (If Bill Paxton is cast in this, this is where he says "There goes our ride home") With no ship and few provisions salvaged, the men assemble a few sleds and together with a few of their dogs, they head away from the heaving ice pack, inland towards a supply dump left by a previous expedition, hoping the map they carry is accurate. There is despair. There is natural attrition - some of the men can't survive the harsh conditions and expire. But a core group reaches the area indicated on the map, only to find that the supply dump has long since been shredded by wind. Desperate, the men begin to talk of dark matters – the sled dogs and the Donner Party are central themes of the whispers over a low campfire. Morning breaks – and we hear the sound of one of the sled dogs barking. He senses something in the wind. The men set off to investigate, hoping the dog has caught the scent of a fur seal or something else worth eating. Instead what they find a few leagues from their camp is a metal dome, protruding from just above the surface of the ice. There are two hatches in the dome: one is open, and blocked solidly with ice. The other remains closed. The dogs are keen but apprehensive as the men attempt to pry open the second hatch. When it is at last finally sprung, the dogs howl mournfully – but the men are at the breaking point: surely there must be something inside they can salvage? By lantern light, two of the crew enter the hatch and descend, amazed at the materials and craftsmanship they find inside – but also at the violence that has wrecked much of the interior. Nothing is more astounding though, than the large man-like creature that sits, frozen solid at what they can only assume is the helm. It is dead. But it is also meat. And it is preserved. And they are so very hungry…"

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    All-male cast - What current studio has the BALLS?

    by Ray Gamma

    The Carpenter version of The Thing is a classic in so many ways, you could actually write a book about that one movie and why it works. </P> <P>One of the many reasons the Carpenter film is special, is that the claustrophobia is ramped up by simple ideas such as: No women in the film. The whole story is so isolated and desperate and horrible, and it works for the audience in a believable way. </P> <P>Any remake by 2009's movie standards will inevitably introduce an implausibly young and sexy female research scientist character, who, whilst serving up the obligatory 'eye candy', will completely remove the grim realism that the Carpenter version had in abundance.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by Brody77

    A prequel? Seriously? HOW?? Leave it alone unless we get a sequel picking up with Beardy Kurt Russell and Keith David in the snow. (the beard could hide his age!)

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Fucking hell Jarv

    by spud mcspud

    For a minute there I thought you were actually Shia LeBoeuf.<P> NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO<P> I agree with you in that NOTHING can ever add to, iprove upon or ever replace that perfect slice of 80s paranoid horror that is John Carpenter's THE THING. Even Carpenter. ESPECIALLY Carpenter (kudos, LongGun).<P> CGI and fucking CW actors will kill this prject DEAD. I got all the respect in the world for how GREAT RDM's GALACTICA redux has been, but THE THING...<P> Just leave it alone. If it ain't being made in 1986, with Rob Bottin or Screaming Mad George doing practical SFX, just LEAVE. IT. ALONE.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    I need a new keyboard

    by spud mcspud

    All my vowels are dead. It's like Bizarro Scrabble.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud


  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Lucasian Bobafettism

    by DocPazuzu

    There are a thousand reasons why this idea sucks the cold, flaccid ball sack of a dead gnu, but let's just stick with one for now: <p> IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY FUCKING SENSE. <p> So, MacReady's brother either encounters The Thing before the Norwegians do, or along WITH the Norwegians, yes? <p> No. <p> In the first case scenario, MacReady's bro (and his crew, one would presume) digs up The Thing for infective shenanigans before REBURYING THE FUCKER right next to the flying saucer so the Norwegians can dig it up again? This means MacReady's bro either dies or goes missing, in which case Mac oddly never mentions it, or bro survives but doesn't warn Mac about the peril close to their camp. <p> In the second scenario, Mac's bro is working with the Norwegians, yet Mac himself either doesn't know this or confuses Norwegians with Swedes despite knowing it. <p> Either way, what are the chances both MacReady brothers encounter the same fucking entity in fucking Antarctica? <p> Fuck EVERYONE involved with this zombified abortion of a movie with a radioactive rubber dick.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    you're gonna have to sleep some time Macready...

    by Maniaq

    not too thrilled about this news... <p> now HERE is a better idea for the remake: <p>

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    McR Brother? Noooo!!!!!!! But... hey, Wait a minute...

    by TheManBehindTheMask

    If it's an older brother, I say bring back Kurt!!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing Macreadys brother is

    by ThePilgrim

    One of the people who sent macready and the crew out there. or some such crap. I like john kimbles idea. nice handle. Only thing that gets me- why the hunger? you said some of the crew died trying to get to the supply dump. They got food right there. I think what should happen is they go into the ship find it wrecked like there was a fight inside there or something and they find some strange tools something that burns through metal. Escaping the ice problem solved. A snow storm hits so they decide to stay in the ship for the night they plan to return to the ship whe

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing Macreadys brother is

    by ThePilgrim

    One of the people who sent macready and the crew out there. or some such crap. I like john kimbles idea. nice handle. Only thing that gets me- why the hunger? you said some of the crew died trying to get to the supply dump. They got food right there. I think what should happen is they go into the ship find it wrecked like there was a fight inside there or something and they find some strange tools something that burns through metal. Escaping the ice problem solved. A snow storm hits so they decide to stay in the ship for the night they plan to return to the ship whe

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Prequel? MacReady's brother? WTF????

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Hmm, can you say SUCK???? This is going to be balls on so many levels. Moore's a clever guy but he dropped the ball with Galactica and missed out on a lot of potentially great storylines by focusing on all this who's a cylon, who isn't crap. They should have tied all that shit up by the end of the second season and let the story get on with itself for crying out loud. Love BSG, but I do think going on and on about that was a mistake. So, Moore as far as I'm concerned, while a clever bloke isn't above mistakes. And if it's true that Van Hedgetrimmer bloke is pushing for MacReady's brother to be involved in a prequel, then we all know this is doomed as he already is throwing continuity and good sense out of the wondow. HOW THE FUCK can MacReady's brother be involved at all? Doesn't make sense. Until I hear absolutely stellar reviews about this saying all is well, I'm considering it one to avoid. At all costs.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Seriously, is the script that good?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Obviously, we all doff our caps in deferrence to Ron Moore for turning Battlestar Galactica from a goofy Star Wars knock off into a surprisingly decent TV show, but is he good enough to write a prequel to The Thing that is not utterly asinine and offensive to anyone who actually likes the original film?<p>Can any writer be that good?<p>If you took the brains of your five favourite writers, mixed them together in a blender, reconstituted them in a mould of some sort, then squeezed them back into the body of a guy with a laptop and a screenwriting program, would even the resulting Uber-Writer be talented enough to pull this off?<p>I don't think so.<p>Maybe it's better to just steer well clear. Leave well enough alone and whatnot.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Why Not Just Do Sequels??? Reasons For Remakes!!!

    by Media Messiah

    I love continuity in films and in the adaption of beloved stories, films, tv series, etc. In terms of breaking with that continuity, one should only do a remake if there is no other choice, ala, changing a property because it is dated, or not very good...but in respect to most of these remakes, that isn't the primary motive of the film executives and producers behind them. Yes, the original, The Thing...was worthy of a remake...and its dated state, invited and demanded certain major changes in the content of the story and its characters, but John Carpenter's version still stands up today, and could have easily been made just months ago, in terms of look and execution. You could tell someone that never heard of it that they are in fact looking at a new movie...and get away with that claim, as the new viewer couldn't tell the difference in terms of quality. So why would the studio want to remake a remake...using John Carpenter's version as a template, instead of simply doing sequels to the Carpenter film???<BR><BR>Clearly these folks are only after script authorship rights and more control over product licensing, which more expansive authorship allows them...hence, this obsession with remakes in Hollywood, rather than making sequels, to standing properties. It is about making as much cash as possible while managing to cut out as many past profit participants, in the old property, as possible, or at least, lowering their profit revenue much as possible, while raising your own. In other words, the more they make unnecessary changes in something, the more money that those who make those changes stand to actually draw in, via direct...and after-markets, via royalties.<BR><BR>These are all calculated moves by studios and production companies...who are only licensing, or buying, old titles for their name, as it is already branded in the marketplace; they are largely not interested in the content of the property which they are remaking (re-imaging) overall, no...its all about trashing the old, for greater profit. Now you all know what happened to SWAT, Charlie's Angels, Mission Impossible, Speed Racer, Shaft, Planet Of The Apes, and the Alien films, etc. They just don't give a damn about those properties, as it is all about greed. Next up to be destroyed, The Green Hornet, Kung-Fu, The A-Team, and The Karate Kid.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    -"whe" n it clears

    by ThePilgrim

    (damn keyboard) also if they planned to travel further than anyone had into the arctic. Wouldn't they have the food provisions to do so. Maybe something messed that up when they smacked into that ice pack.. I'm sure they would find a technological solution to free them from the icepack in that spaceship. Nevermind the mindblowing fact that they found undisputable conformation of extraterrestrial life. I would think the plan from there would be to excavate and bring the craft back to the ship somehow or to salvage and document what they can from and bring that stuff back home and study it. Much more thoughtful prequel idea you came up with here, beter than the "Wonder what happened with them Swedes" bullshit.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST

    "Cheatin' bitch."

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    "They're Norwegian."

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    "You gotta be fuckin' kidding!"

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Thing remake...

    by ThereWolf

    "It's a crock of shit."

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I once wanted to see this made.

    by fireclown

    THe story of the doomed Norwegians had always interested me, but only if they did it as a stand alone piece. Now, if The Thing (maybe the best horror movie ever) must be expanded, I throw in with the sequel crowd. Make it hard R, drag Bobby Botine out of mothballs and pick up the story about ten minutes after McReady decides to see what happens. Bum-dump. Buum-dump.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...I'm not supposed to watch video at work, do fake-ass green aliens come out and attack George W. Bush on the front lawn of his house in that white-only suburb he moved into in that last link?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Passionate Talkback, Some Great Ideas

    by cowboyone

    This is a GREAT sign for a GREAT property. I'm excited it's Moore writing ... and really hope he doesn't fuck it up with McReady's brother (?) Lamest follow-up plot conceit ever (?!)

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    If you're in the UK... well London-ish

    by filmcoyote

    The Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square in London is doing a double bill of Carpenter's The Things and Landis' An American Werewolf in London on Feb 23. Woo-hoo!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    That of course

    by filmcoyote

    should be one Thing not The Things!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Maybe that supposed "crisis" will actually start...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    ...and cause everyone involved in this to jump out of the closest window, pulling out the executive(s) that greenlit the idea on the way, too? One can but hope.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    PREQUEL is a cool idea: the Norwegians finding the saucer...

    by Bob Cryptonight

    ...going inside, then finding the frozen "thing"...defosting it. It's sort of like the original version, in a way. It could be a good flick if they don't screw it up with CGI.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    "We're on FIRE Macready!"

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Hey Sweden!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Dark Horse Comics

    by pearlanddean

    Did three miniseries sequels which Carpenter enjoyed so much he stated he'd use them if he filmed a sequel. Guess that's been forgotten. They pitched MacReady as the survivor.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Sure. Why not?

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    I got a chuckle out of the commercials, and this movie doesn't matter much.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    Actual Swede dialog.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    This could be AMAZING...Ron Moore's The Thing!!!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Could be as good as the original - I mean remake. I mean, Carpenter's remake. Actually, techically, will this be a sequel to the 1951 verision and a prequel to the remake...oh, I give up...

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    In the sequel/prequel

    by Flyingcircus

    We learn that RJ Macready built C-3P0 when he was a little boy and that he grew up in the same town as the Norweigans. Also, Childs and Macready are brothers, fathered by Wilfred Brimley, but he never told them. Additionally, the entire movie will be bluescreen sets- no practicals.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKIN

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Media Messiah, sadly, you a mostly correct--but sadder still:

    by Bob Cryptonight

    The studios would completely agree with you (and, in fact, have through various stories about remakes over the years). All studios view the movies they've made (or, if not made by, then currently owned by) as an investment. As property. And that property, they feel, needs to be reinvested in periodically so that they can continue to get a return on it. In Hollywood, "art" is a commodity. Thus the term "franchise" used for everything these days. That term first became popular with STAR TREK when someone at Paramount referred to the series as a "franchise." They meant it matter-of-factly as a money maker. The sad thing is how everyone uses it now and misses the irony. The bottom line, especially with genre stuff, is making money. It's the same with the superhero comic book industry. Hell, they "remake" stuff all the time. As George Lucas proved (accidentally) merchandising is where the money is, and movies are just a stepping stone to that and deals with fast food chains, soundtracks, etc. And, like I said in the subject line, the sad thing is that what you see as "wrong", they see as their business. We should all be glad for the good films we get, because it is all an accident involving who gets hired behind the camera.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    Get on it.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    "I know you gentlemen have been through a lot..."

    by MrSentinel

    But when you manage to find the time... I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!!!!"

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Stuntcock... you beat me to it. Ya bastard, ya.

    by MrSentinel


  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks a prequel is a good idea...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    ...should be forced to sit through a marathon of The Phantom Menace, Hannibal Rising, Exorcist: The Beginning, and The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas.<p>With no bathroom breaks!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Keith David in THE THANG!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Ain't nothin' but a thang.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Epic Fail

    by ScottinDC

    A prequel with Macready's brother? Macready doesn't once make mention of a 'lost brother' or a brother with any kind of alien run in..this sounds like the gayest idea in a long time.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by krod

    maybe we will get a cross promo with pepsi jazz in every scene

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Grace Park as the new thing.

    by Diagnostic

    Why not just call this movie "Who goes there?"

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Prequels suck

    by Sithdan

    We already know what the outcome of this movie will be based on the events of Carpenter's film. What's the point of this movie? I'd rather see a sequel. And BTW, the new Battlestar Galactica sucks! It fell into the trap of Daniel Craig's James Bond by eschewing all the camp that made the original fun and instead went for a grittier, darker tone. And why do we need a shaky cam in BSG? And where the hell are the robots? Cylons are supposed to be walking trash cans not Replicants.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Diagnostic - WHO GOES THERE? as the title

    by LoneGun

    That's a cool idea.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Josh Holloway as Kurt Russell v. 2.0

    by lynxpro

    My money is on Josh Holloway for that role. He seriously should be considered for the Snake Plisskin role for any *Escape from New York* reboot and not Gerard Butler.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    This guy's stuff is great!

    by NivekJ

    What will he do next?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    It's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE, MacReady...!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    If only they could bring back Wilford Brimley

    by Xandar1977

    and have him build another spaceship out of tin cans.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Moore had decided MacReady will now be a girl

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Things to remember if you go prequel

    by ThePilgrim

    The spaceship was under so much ice, MacReady and Co. guess it had been there for at least 100,000 years. It's gynormus, half a mile long all around. Way too big to move without an army of machines to do so. It was as far as I can tell intact and pretty much untampered with. It must of took nearly a year or more for those Swedes to dig it out. The Swedes also found and dug up an ice grave near the ship. It might have been one of those things. The. MacReady calls em Swedes in the begining- they are Norwegians, but who gives a shit!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    "Back off! Way off!"

    by MrSentinel

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Do a sequel, not a prequel.

    by MrSentinel

    No reason why they can't use both Keith David and Kurt Russell to reprise the roles. Plenty of story to work with and plenty of directions to go. They could have been picked up not long after the camp got blown to smithereens. Plenty of reasons for that. Someone from McMurdo base could have gotten them. Pick up the story some twenty years later, bring Mac and Childs back because of something that was found in the ice near the former U.S. Outpost 31. This was an easy one to go on, but Carpenter hates doing sequels. Give it to a big name writer/director and get it done. We all want to know what happened to Mac or Childs.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    My original idea

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Don't do it at all. The 50s version was a riff on how we treat the environment, the 80s version was a riff on paranoira - this one would probably be about terrorism, which sounds shit because IT'S A FUCKING ALIEN. Not a terrorist.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    So MacReady's brother is the hero, but the story is told from the Norwegain point of view? I do not follow this. <br> <br> However, I trust Ron Moore to deliver the goods more than the vast majority of Hollywood guys. Bring this on.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Thank God it's a prequel and not a remake/sequel

    by Mr Nicholas

    And with Moore involved, I'm actually quite optimistic about it. He's a bold and unpredictable writer.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    a NAME is not a sign of quality

    by skimn

    William Goldman and Lawrence Kasdan? The King of screenwriting and the guy who wrote Raiders, directed Body Heat and more??<p>Yah, they joined forces and made Dreamcatcher...<p>A prequel would be a retelling of the '51 original, except everyone winds up dead. Mac's brother tied in?? Makes abso-fucking-lutely no sense. Universal just let it go, and leave the property alone.<p>LOVE the book cover illustration BTW...

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Kurt Russell and Keith David can't come back

    by Gorgomel

    They both died after the end of the movie. And Keith David was the Thing by the way...

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    They should do The Thing vs. Aliens vs. Predator

    by rev_skarekroe


  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Wouldn"t The Thing assimilate both Predator and Alien

    by skimn

    And battle itself....."Stop hitting yourself..stop hitting yourself.."

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    hmmmm dutch guy

    by Basehead

    could be cool

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    R.J. Macready's brother

    by Norm3

    What the hell. Thats lame. I guess he's Norwegian.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    "Ya hear we?"

    by la_sith

    I actually like this idea, and you should all be grateful that it's not a remake. Will it be as good as the original? No. But there's potential, and I'm glad Uni and Moore respect the original enough to not try and remake it.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Hey Pilgrim

    by Det. John Kimble

    Nice thoughts - I threw in the idea of hunger so the men would have a level of paranoia about one another prior to encountering The Thing. Like MacReady & crew, they'd be "hard men" prepared for long days and nights in the Antarctic. Clearly something would have to make the ship's provisions unaccessible (as pack ice is slow, they'd be able to offload) so maybe a berg punctures the hull and they take on water, spoiling much of the supplies. So they strike out for this supposed supply dump marked on their charts... at this point, cannibalism isn't in their minds, so men dying along the way are buried and left. Only when they find that the supply dump is wasted/empty/not there to they start to consider the unthinkable. I like the direction you take for them going into the ship though, so maybe the hunger/paranoia angle isn't necessary so much as the "They woke something up" is. And I don't think you need the plant-man James Arness wandering around offing them - but I wanted there to be a nod to both of the prior films. Maybe they do find something to free their ship from the ice and maybe the scientists on the expedition want to bring the creature (or at least a sample) back with them... Those are both cool ideas.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I like

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    the idea of a prequel but R.J. Macready's brother? Is that really necessary to link the movies?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Could be good if....

    by uberman

    1. They have LIMITED use of CGI. An all CGI THING would just suck. 2. They have some grizzled looking actors playing the Norwegians. No pretty boys. 3. No Girls. Nada. Zip. 4. They make it a real period piece. 5. NO MODERN POP/ROCK/RAP SCORE!!!! 6. No Fake snow sets. Film it up in Alaska or someplace. Fake snow looks like...fake snow! 7. Make it look and feel cold, rugged, desolate, bleak. Should be a solid horror/survival tale. Oh, and hire the best FX house you can. People go to see THE THING for THE THING, not for some celebrity. Think more 'PREDATOR' and less 'THE MUMMY.'

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Oh, that was just too funny. You're absolutely right. Speaking of hitting oneself, I'm hitting myself for having never seen it. I just know the story. I saw the Norweigans chasing the "dog" and then fell asleep or something. It's been so long, I don't recall.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Problem with a prequel

    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    is we know how it ends. Everybody dies and the creature get frozen..the end.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar the sense that most of the prequel follows the Norwegians and brings us right up to the point where THE THING (1982) ended - and then we continue a bit with whoever survives the prequel PLUS Kurt Russell and Keith David. <br> <br> They could have the Norwegians in the prequel branch off two directions - one group ends up dying at the opening of THE THING (1982) and another group somehow is otherwise occupied (pursuing a runaway head or something) and tracks the smoke to the ruins of MacReady's camp, at which point the two stories overlap. <br> <br> Get Russell and David in here STAT!

  • Get the hell outta there. That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real! GET AWAY YOU IDIOTS!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    You just described all thats right with JC's version.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Se til helvete og kom dere vekk. Det er ikke en bikkje,

    by ominus

    det er en slags ting! Det imiterer en bikkje, det er ikke virkelig! KOM DERE VEKK IDIOTER!! Get the hell outta there. That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real! GET AWAY YOU IDIOTS!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Although I will admit

    by skimn

    a scene showing the transformation of the "stretchy two-faced man" would be worth seeing. I always felt that Bottin's original, though brilliant in design and concept, looked plasticky to me.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    That reminds me of the subtitles for the title sequence of The Holy Grail.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Is "I am Legend" a remake of "Omega Man"?

    by Darth Macchio

    No? What's that? Did you say, "No it isn't a remake or not supposed to be?"<p>Ahh...that's right! And neither is "The Thing" a remake of "The thing from another world"! Jesus people! A little consistency please!<p>"The Last Man on Earth - with Vincent Price"<p>"Omega Man - with our boy chuck"<p>"I am Legend - with Wil Smith"<p>Are those all remakes of each other starting with Vinnie? NO! Fuck no! No, they are not god damn remakes! As if! Hhaha! And neither is John Carpenter's The Thing a remake of "The thing from another world"! Carpenter's is a more accurate version of Campbell's original story.<p>Why am I buggin you ask? Why do I always bug on this particular issue with this movie? Simple... it's only cause "The Thing" is based on one of my favorite sci-fi stories ever (and the greatest title of any 'scary' story ever), has my favorite movie soundtrack (the late great Ennio Morricone) and my 1980s favorite directors and star (Carpenter and Russel) as well as being my favorite horror movie of all time.<p>And I've seen "The thing from another world" a few times and unless I'm going to let nostalgia be the only judge, it really wasn't that great. Guy in a monster suit, fine...50's effects fine...gotta have a 'damsel in distress' fine...but the alien/threat is a fucking vegetable? I shitted copiously on that thousands of years ago.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by palpatinefuckedmydog

    there's another creature frozen elsewhere nobody found yet..for the sequel.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    The Things

    by skimn

    In Antartica no one can hear you scream.<p>or<p>This time it's war...a cold war.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    At least it's not a remake

    by andrew coleman

    But this will probably suck because they will make it pg-13 which means the terror of the Thing will be washed away.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I cut him loose!

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    This sounds like such a bad idea. The beauty of the first film is that we didn't really see the discovery of the creature and we didn't see what happened to Mac and Childs after the end of the film. What does Kurt say at the end of the film? "I guess we just wait." or something like that. What a beautiful way to end that film - I always took it to mean that there's no way of knowing if the Thing was destroyed and if it wasn't, it's the end of the world once it gets back to civilization. Having a followup to that film really undercuts how tense and open that ending is. And what would be the point of a prequel? Who gives a shit about the other camp? That was just a vehicle for getting the monster into our heroes' camp. It's like making a film about baby Kal-El's travel through space. Who cares?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The Thing + Halloween II

    by skimn

    A supply copter flies in weeks after the incident, and upon inspection find the frozen remains of the two remaining members of the team. They are flown to a nearby ragtag hospital in a nearby village. While performing an autopsy, the doctor is attacked by the thing. Strong winds cause a blackout of the village, and the hospital continues to run on reserve generator power. Fuel reserves are destroyed by the intruder and the hospital has a limited amount of time before the generator fails. The staff and patients of the hospital have to team up to discover who's who, and also try to get help from the outside. Once again, isolated environment, a "clock ticking" premise, and hospitals provide a wide variety of instruments and "weapons".

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Matthijs Van Heijningen

    by johnny rocket7

    Geshundtheit! Who???????

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    The Thing remake to be helmed by

    by skimn

    vnuiletsu j fv uip fio;d <p>My face hit the keyboard

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by dr.bulber

    But who is the fifth Macready?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    The saddest part of all this is...

    by Det. John Kimble

    That we've almost certainly already put in more time on thinking up workable solutions than the studio has.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    The Thing 2 : The Thing vs The Swamp Thing

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    It's not a remake

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    but it's still a pointless exercise.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I LOVE Det John Kimble's idea ...

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    ... for the Batman prequel. PLEASE let that English guy be reading this right now! What time is it in England?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    This makes no fucking sense

    by dirtsandwich

    This is suppose to be a prequel. Mac's brother? How the fuck does that even play into it? A prequel is about the Norweigan camp, not Americans. Mac didn't even know anything about them. How could Mac's brother tie into this? </P> <P> I don't have a problem with knowing how things played out prior, but it should be all subtitles then. Because we couldn't understand a fucking word they were saying. This is one of my all time favorite movies, and they are going to give it to a director who does commercials. FUCK FUCK FUCK! </P> <P> First of all they don't have a clue how make a good SciFi/horror movie anymore. So it'll be loud sound effects and things jumping out at you, yippe! </P> <P> Let Guillermo Del Toro write and direct a sequel. So it can be done right. Now that would be worth whacking for. </P>

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by oceanic86

    people shit-talking BSG are morons whose opinions are worthless to anyone with a brain and decent taste in science-fiction television. <br>that said, this will most likely suck. those commercials are spectacularly bland-looking. i was expecting something like neill blomkamp's work, something with a very distinctive visual style. completely uninspiring.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Sequel: Kurt and Keith are freezing in the snow, then...

    by chrismata

    Keith says, "Put the torch down Mac. I'm not the thing. You are." Kurt says, "No I'm not. You are." Then Keith says, "No, you are." Kurt: "You are." Keith: "You are." Kurt: "You are." That goes on for 90 minutes, even during the credits.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    lynxpro - Josh Holloway as Snake

    by spud mcspud

    The most perfect Snake moment in LOST is in Season 3 where Sawyer shoots the Other on the beach and says:<P> "That's for takin' the kid off the boat."<P> Absolutely pitch-perfect Snake. No-one but Josh Holloway could pull off a Snake redux and make it great... in the same way that no-one else could play Han Solo in any kind of Star Wars incarnation (TV, movie, talking dildo, whatever) than Nathan Fillion.<P> Josh for Snake. MAKE THAT SHIT HAPPEN!!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Bob Cryptonight: You Are Very Insightful

    by Media Messiah

    I never thought of it from that perspective before, that movies and TV shows are simply being used as advertisements to sell merchandise, and to simply make money via product tie-ins with these properties...but that is truly damning. I just wish they, the studios and producers, would realize that you can capture...both the original audience, and new potential audiences, for some of these taking a 2 pronged attack. 1) Stay true to the materials, in order to hold onto, and attract, loyal fans who are looking for nostalgic moments, those which they can share with their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews, etc., who will inevitably become the next generation audience. Keeping established continuity in concepts, stories, and characters, is essential to that effort. And 2) Create a jumping in point for those new potential fans (for these films and TV shows adaptations/sequels), by adding fresh nuances of today's pop culture.<BR><BR>The point is, you can have both audiences, instead of one, by showing the appropriate respect to the old...while embracing the new. The toy sells and other merchandising...and product licensing can only experience a boost via cross-marketing to each demo. The studios and producers, in their rush to cash in, forget about that fact every time.<BR><BR>Sadly, they have chosen to abandon, and trash the old, trading original Coke, for New Coke??? Sometimes, it just doesn't make any since to tamper with perfection...and sometimes it is better to build upon what is, instead of simply tearing it down and building something in its place--same name, different taste. Very sad, indeed.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Who's bankrolling this?

    by spud mcspud

    Sounds like a Sci-Fi straight-to-TV shitty budget remake, maybe a notch or two above TIN MAN and that clusterfuckle they called FLASH GORDON.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    No a sequel should be that

    by dirtsandwich

    Mac and Childs retreat to Mac's shack. It never got blown up. They get enough supplies and live there till a Norweigan rescue shows. But Blair was rescued far away by a foreign ice breaker. Either they see him walking or they find him frozen. No ID. </P> <P> Mac and Childs try and communicate to their rescuers about what happened. They are accused of what happened at both camps. They are flown to the main Norg camp. After being their a while they see on a TV the news of the ice breaker finding Blair. Mac and Childs believe Blair is the Thing. That's all I got. </P> <P> The TV version shows the next day a dog running away from the camp while smoldering in the background. The dog stops and looks back at the camp. So really the sequel should be simple. A dog is the thing again and it starts somewhere else. Maybe Mac and Childs get rescued and make it back to the states. Then they see Blair on TV selling oatmeal. </P>

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    PREDATOR remake? WTF is THIS shit?!?!?

    by spud mcspud

    CHUD are touting a story saying that Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios are mulling over a PREDATOR remake at Fox. PLEASE, Harry - tell me you haven't run this story because you know it's a despicable rumour designed to drive hardcore PREDATOR fanatics like myself to the edge of insanity! PLEEEEEASE!!!<P> WHO THE FUCK THINKS THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO REMAKE ONE OF THE GREATEST SF/ACTION MOVIES EVER RCEATED ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH?!? REPLACE ARNIE, REPLACE ONE OF STAN WINSTON'S GREATEST EVER MONSTER CONCEPTS?!?<p> FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOU!!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by Joelseph01

    Not sure if this point has been made, but if the Norwegians of this prequel speak English instead of Norwegian, then the events of The Thing wouldn't logistically take place.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    It's Clobberin' Time!!!

    by thelordofhell

    Oh wait, wrong Thing. I figured since they're ditchin' X-men for Wolverine they'll ditch FF or a Thing movie.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    What do we do now?

    by Wrecks

    Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happens...

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Watch the remake now!

    by Wrecks

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    "Then they see Blair on TV selling oatmeal. "

    by Mullah Omar

    That is some funny shit right there, dirtsandwich!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Come Full Circle!

    by TinkerTIW

    Bring back James Arness. Or have Peter Graves play The Thing's brother! "We finally got one... we found a flying saucer!"

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Thing Trifecta: Man vs Swamp vs Thing Thing

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The Thing from the movie, not Ben Grimm.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Bad feeling Katie Sackoff is going to play Macready

    by SWEEP

    Ron Moore likes to flip the script. just a bad feeling.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Not Just Oatmeal

    by Rebeck2

    Don't forget diabetes supplies for senior citizens. It's all a part of The Thing's insidious plan.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, And Let's Just Toast...

    by Rebeck2

    The writer for a moment - the late Bill Lancaster. He wrote a great script. Actually he wrote two: The Bad News Bears being the other one. Burt Lancaster's son - crippled, confined to a wheelchair, died before his father, and never got the credit he deserved. I wish we had gotten more great movies out of him.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Do I look like I speak Norwegian, Bwana?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    The reason prequels are made...

    by karmo

    is because the original stars are either too old or aren't interested in doing a sequel. So a prequel is just a way to make another "Thing" movie without having to explain how MacReady or Childs have aged nearly 25 years. If there was a good way to get either of these actors into a true sequel, and if they were willing to do it, I'm sure the studio would like to have an established character be a part of the sequel. This is the only reason I can imagine trying to shoehorn MacReady's brother into a prequel, just for name recognition and a connection to an established character from the original. I think a prequel is a terrible idea. I agree with someone who posted earlier...we already know what happened to the Norwegians, they died. And come on, Macready's fucking brother?!!? Did his whole family move to the arctic circle? I just don't think they need to do anything else with this. If they insist, they should just get Kurt Russell and David Keith back and make a pure sequel. Childs and MacReady are hypothermic and unconscious when rescue comes. They are loaded into a helicopter and whisked away. The rescuers find the tapes left by the doctor, so they know there is a possibility that the survivors may be infected, so they are quarantined until they can be tested, and guess what? Neither Childs nor MacReady are infected. I think that for all the paranoia and distrust between them at the end of the original, this would be an ironic little twist. 25 years go by, the government loses contact with an arctic station studying global warming or some such, the alien infection is suspected, and MacReady and Childs are coerced into accompanying a rescue squad ala "Aliens". Then just take it from there. It's not the greatest idea for a sequel. Like I said, this should just be left alone, but this seems to be the only way to do a straight sequel and maintain the audience's connection to some of the main characters.

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    The Thing 2 : Do the right Thing, directed by Brett Ratner

    by Gorgomel

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Rhona Mitra as MacReady half-sister

    by Gorgomel

    her real father is the main Norwegian scientist

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks made the sequel years ago

    by Gorgomel

    Don't you all remember THAT THING YOU DO ?

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Gorgomel, they definitely CAN come back...

    by MrSentinel

    It's called suspension of disbelief. Plot device: They get picked up by McMurdo (the other station Windows was calling earlier in the film) who maybe heard their call but couldn't respond, the story picks up 20 years later or maybe even earlier, depending on how young you can make these guys look. Easy to do and it gives you a lot to work with? Oh, you want to know what's been going on in the twenty years since? There's your opportunity to fill in some gaps and still have a great story. I just think a prequel is very anitclimactic. Maybe if we found out why the ship crashed to begin with, that might be a story worth telling.

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    If Ron Moore has written a prequel/sequel/whatever to "The Thing," I'm interested. It sounds like this film will avoid remake territory and run a different story. Which is fantastic.<p> Because, you know, the lifeform and what it does to people is wayyyyy crazier and scarier than even "Alien." It's horrific in a way I've almost never seen before in a film. Getting eaten by a twin-jawed alien is one thing; becoming slowly mutated into creepy crawly flesh-eating spidery alien human thing is another. That's fucking terrifying.<p> I hope Moore and director-whose-name-I-can't-pronounce give us something cold, compelling, and deathly creepy. I don't care if McCready's brother is in this or not.<p> Can't wait.

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    This would usually suck, but Ron Moore?

    by reflecto

    I'll see it.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Continuity error fixed

    by Charles Calthrop

    Adopting a Scandinavian accent, MacReady crank calls his little brother, a pizza delivery driver. It's not until little brother arrives at the Norwegian outpost with twelve large pies that he realizes he's been had. But by that time it's too late...

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    how about RJ Macready vs Rudy Russo?

    by The Amazing G

    now THAT would be a movie!

  • Feb. 4, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    They sort of DID do Thing on a boat - with Bottin!

    by half vader

    I haven't seen it since it came out, but I think it was that Steven Sommers one. Deep Rising? Pretty stupid but still miles better than anything he's done since, including those shitty Mummy flicks. <p> I think I remember that Rob Bottin did the effects, and here's where I break your hearts - from memory he designed the CG monster - and it looked pretty shitty. Sorry but it's true. If I've got this all wrong someone correct me. I should watch it again as I recall it was cheesy but good fun...