Oh, Hollywood, why must you continue to rape my childhood memories? Anyhoo. The latest from Lalaland is a rumor by Bloody-Disgusting that someone name Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. has been hired to direct a remake/prequel to the 1982 original starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter, which was itself a remake of the 1951 original “The Thing From Another World”. So yes, they’re remaking a movie that was already a remake of another movie. Basically, it’s Hollywood feeding on its own tail once again. Seriously, if this town got any more creatively bankrupt — wait, never mind, that’s obviously an impossibility at this point. Moving on.
Besides giving us the name Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (who is slated to direct Zack Snyder’s Vegas-filled zombie flick “Army of the Dead”) as a possible director for the prequel/remake, BD also says they know what the movie is about, and it goes something like this:
In the screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, the prequel takes place from the Norwegian camps point of view. An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realize that an alien life-form with the ability to take over bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over.
Sounds more like a remake than a prequel to me, but what do I know. BD also says that this Heijningen Jr. fella also wants the male lead to be R.J. Macready’s brother, instead of Macready himself, because, you know, that would be different, if totally pointless and moronic. The script is by Ron Moore, who the media tells me is the greatest sci-fi writer who ever lived. In, like, EVER. Of all time. I mean, this guy is so brilliant, he makes God blush. Seriously.
Below: “The Thing” from another world. Sure, it’ll kill ya, but at least it’s got pretty colors.