Universal Making Another Movie About a Thing

January 29, 2009


I hope you're ready for more non-descript terror, people, because The Thing is returning to the screen in an all-new, more computer-generated form:

Universal will add a new chapter to "The Thing," lining up another take on the paranoid horror classic most recently brought to the screen by John Carpenter in 1982.

Studio has set "Battlestar Galactica" exec producer Ron Moore to write the script and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen to direct the re-imagining.

New project borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story "Who Goes There," the basis of the Carpenter film and 1951 Howard Hawks original "The Thing From Another World."

It is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp.

The Thing will be Van Heijningen's film directing debut, though he has shot commercials for Pepsi, Heinekin, Bud Light, and others. So even if he can't make a film that lives up to its predecessors, at least he'll nail the scene where the alien shapeshifts into a variety of refreshing beverages.

(Thanks for alerting, Dr. Venkman.)

Universal bringing back 'The Thing' [Variety]

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