Official The Thing Prequel Synopsis and Release Date

Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis and released date for their upcoming prequel to John Carpenter’s 1980s classic horror/sci-fi actioner “The Thing”. Talk about a genre-bender. The film lands in the frozen tundras of cinema April 29, 2011.

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.

Jonathan Lloyd Walker and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje co-star.

Here’s a recent set image from the movie…



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  • the goon

    crash & burn baby….no hope for this at all…

  • Taylorjt28

    I hope this movie expains alot of what happened before the John Carpenter THING movie. That seen from his movie when the crew flies over to the Norwegians camp to see what could have went wrong was classic…..finding the spaceship with the block of ice that the alien was in and of course the classic frozen mutilated bodies of the Norwegian crew members. I wanna see how they met their fate…..classic stuff.

  • Taylorjt28

    I hope this movie expains alot of what happened before the John Carpenter THING movie. That seen from his movie when the crew flies over to the Norwegians camp to see what could have went wrong was classic…..finding the spaceship with the block of ice that the alien was in and of course the classic frozen mutilated bodies of the Norwegian crew members. I wanna see how they met their fate…..classic stuff.

  • lauraLL10

    Well now, after seeing the move, it is clear to say it is God awful. Has none of the atmosphere of the original. One of the greatest aspects of Carpenter’s was the tension and the build up before you even start seeing the people as aliens. In the 2011 prequel there’s none of the tension that makes it such a great horror classic. Very disappointing. Plus it mas a complete CGI-fest which is so annoying when the models in the 1982 film were absaloutly amazing! Moral of the story… leave classic films alone!