It is not known whether it will be a sequel or a new version of the 1982 horror classic, but we do know that it will feature the go-ahead of the master of the genre.
Blumhouse Productions and filmmaker John Carpenter are developing a reboot of The Thing, Carpenter's 1982 alien horror classic. The project, Variety reports, is still in the early stages of development and few details are known about this new film by one of the most active producers of the fantasy genre of the moment.
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Carpenter unveiled this project last Saturday on a panel for the Fantasia International Film Festival. In his speech, Carpenter was talking about the soundtrack to Halloween Kills, the sequel to the 2018 reboot, also produced by Blumhouse and directed by David Gordon Green, when asked about future projects in his charge. "If I have new jobs? I don't know anything about that...", the carpenter said. "But we've talked about..., I think we're working on a 'reboot' of The Thing, in which maybe I'm involved."
Carpenter slowed down and didn't comment on this project to restart The Thing, about whether or not it will be a sequel, a new version, or whether it will have to do with the prequel to the legendary 1982 film that premiered in 2011, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen and with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton as the protagonists.
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The story of The Thing follows a scientific research team in Antarctica that struggles with a parasitic alien life form capable of mutating into any form of life on our planet. Carpenter's film is based on the novel Who Goes There?, by John W. Campbell Jr., and was the second adaptation of that text after the first film, The Thing of another world, for RKO Radio Pictures.
Carpenter's version starring Kurt Russell and Keith David is considered a cult film and a milestone in the genre, but in its premiere, it received gruesome reviews and was a box office disaster. The thing had a second life on the domestic film circuit when horror movie fans beat it into one of Carpenter's best films.