I’m not a fan of remaking a movie, unless the next person up can do a better job than the one previously. John Carpenter did an excellent job back in 1982 with his remake of the 1951 “The Thing from Another World,” and it’s held up really well over the years.  However, H’wood being H’wood, everything is going to be remade, and that includes The Thing.

Matthijs Van Jeijningen is directing the new movie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in the update.

Winstead will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage.

Those who have been following our Scott Pilgrim coverage already know that Winstead plays Romona Flowers in the upcoming Pilgrim flick.

via THR

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  1. February 8, 2010 at 10:18 am — Reply

    Both things movies are some of the best sci-fi movies ever made. The overlapping dialgue of the original and manyof the special effectswhere new to Hollywood at the time and it had a great message; The effects fo the Carpenter version, along with a suspensful soundtrack, made that version one of my all time top 5 movies.

    From what I understand, the new one is suppoed to be a prequel to the Carpenter version, showing what happened top the Norweigan research team before the start of the 70’s movie. Read somewhere that they where studying the original movie and the remains of the Norweigan base to build a story that would fit.

    Also, The Thing Xbox game (original) was great as well.

  2. February 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    There is no reason to remake John Carpenters version. What, they are going to replace phenomenal alien creature effects with cgi? If anything, John Carpenters’ ends with a setup for a sequel. How about a sequel. Sorry, but Hollywood just doesn’t make sense sometimes.

    I guess a prequel would be ok (definitely better that a remake). I don’t understand Hollywoods obsession with prequels (A story which we know the end to; before we watch the movie).

    Get John Carpenter and Kurt Russell (and whoever else was left alive at the end) to pick up where they left off. (Didn’t work so well with Escape from LA – but if they get a good script:)). They wouldn’t NEED to keep the original actors, but John Carpenter should be involved in some way.

  3. xrayguy
    February 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    I am a big fan of the origonal Howard Hawks version for so many reasons, but I give credit to the Carpenter remake because, to a great extent, it follows the storyline of the ORIGONAL short story both are based on “Who Goes There?”. In it, the alien is in the blood, you dont know who is affected and I think I remember them doing the hot wire test seen in Carpenters. Also, someone barracades themselve in a shack to “protect” himself. Multi-headed slavering goo monsters werent part of the storyline, but who needed them.

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