Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have teamed up to develop a new The Thing movie remake! Based on the recently uncovered novel Frozen Hell, this remake will offer more backstory to the story which spawned The Thing and The Thing From Another World!
What is Frozen Hell?
Frozen Hell is the expanded version of John W. Campbell Jr.'s novella Who Goes There? from back in 1938 which acted as the foundation for The Thing. Recently Science fiction author John Betancourt created a Kickstarter to fund the release of the full-length novel which is said to expand the Thing story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to the iconic sci-fi tale. The campaign took off fairly rapidly and Executive producer Alan Donnes took to Facebook last Friday to announce the following:
It's OFFICIAL! I received my signed contract and first check! I am Executive Producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell's groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades. Now, for the first time ever, Campbell's full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO's THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter's classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?
The Thing is one of sci-fi cinema's most iconic thrillers, stranding a team of scientists in the Arctic after discovering an ancient Alien organism buried in the ice. The 2011 reboot attempted to reinvigorate the franchise but offered little in terms of expanded backstory - exploring the crashed Alien vessel briefly during the film's climax, but ultimately leaving many questions still unanswered.
Thanks to this expanded source material, it sounds like this new The Thing remake could breathe some new life in the dormant franchise and possibly even spawn a series of new Thing movies based in it's own cinematic universe!
Are you thrilled to see where Universal and Blumhouse take The Thing next? Let us know in the comments!
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Leto I understand it (2011) is a prequel, but it mostly played out like the 82 version. The only real differences were showing the facility where the thing was taken from the ice and the ending with the dog that linked directly to the 82 movie (that part was actually pretty good).
It might not be a bad movie. I might get more interested after more is mentioned and maybe see a trailer.
I agree The Thing (2011) felt more like a superficial remake of Carpenter attempting to modernise it with (ironically dated) CGI. It was a serviceable addition and prequel but it lacked the masterful pace and suspense of the former. Perhaps because we already knew the foregone conclusion of the Norwegian team? It did ask and explore some interesting questions of the thing organism.
Carpenter's was a Masterclass of execution and attention to detail. If you haven't seen Collective Learning' breakdowns on the film here is a starter
OT- The Thing in 1982 was the first real scary movie I saw in a theater. I tagged along with my older brothers. I never saw a move like that before and it scared the shit out of me back then. Later, my oldest brother teased me saying that I didn't actually see The Thing but actually saw The Hand since I covered my eyes so much! Still, there was no escaping hearing the chaos and imagination making things just as bad.
Just watched the 1982 version again. It now seems like a who dunnit movie of sorts.
With all the debate, it still seems we don't know who was infected or when. I noticed Clark was licked on the mouth by the dog at the beginning and Blair touched a brush to his mouth after touching the burnt specimen during the initial study.
There are some very good videos out there on the subject, but it is amazing that a theatrical clunker turned out to be so influential and relevant to this day.
I noticed Clark was licked on the mouth by the dog
And he was not infected. This is a kind of bait, so that the viewer would think: "Yeah, he’s definitely the Thing now!" But no, and this is strange. It turns out that to touch The Thing and even be licked by it doesn't mean to become infected.
I am satisfied with the 82 ending. I like that it seems ambiguous, but clues are left all over the place if payed attention to. It requires more than one watch (at least for me).
It is hard to imagine a remake being better than Carpenter's version, but I would check it out. It will need to offer enough different things to make it worth while though. I have not read the story so I don't know what was left out or expanded on or even embellished.
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