Universal Studios has released a new poster for the upcoming prequel, The Thing.
It’s really weird how Universal is handling this project. First it was scheduled for release and then it was pulled with no release date. The poster is saying October, so let’s assume that is the current plan.
What I don’t get is the title for the film. It’s a prequel for the original The Thing, yet it has the exact same name? I guess they couldn’t come up with a clever tagline to add onto it.
At least this isn’t a straight up remake or reboot because I highly doubt anyone could recreate the John Carpenter classic. The original film is one of the best horror films of all time, thanks to the direction of Carpenter and the star Kurt Russell. It was creepy and tense and it even had some awesome creature effects that still hold up to today’s standards. I doubt this prequel will be able to recapture any of that. I’m assuming they went the prequel route so that they can make their own story but at the same time follow the original. It will probably play out exactly like the original once they find the crashed spacecraft.
What I am excited for is the ending. The director mentioned that it was pretty dark and unchangeable. If you’ve seen the original film then I’m hoping you can guess how this one ends, since it all leads right up to the original film. I love hopeless endings!
The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Eric Christian Olsen. The film is scheduled to hit sometime this October. Check out the poster below, thanks to Collider:
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.
When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.
The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).