The World Of ‘The Thing’ Expanding With New Adaptation ‘Frozen Hell’

January 27, 2020

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John Carpenter’s The Thing was the second adaptation of John W. Campbell’s novella Who Goes There?, with 1951’s The Thing from Another World being the first adaptation. The world is expanding, Bloody Disgusting reports.

In 2018, John Betancourt discovered a new, never-before-seen novel-length version of the story, titled Frozen Hell and took to Kickstarter to release it. Now, there has been a new development. This week, Betancourt gave an exciting update that he is teaming up with Blumhouse and Universal Studios for a feature film adaptation.


Betancourt states, “In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity. The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter’s iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951). The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell’s original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication. The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered.”


Producer Alan Donnes confirmed the news on Facebook.


It’s OFFICIAL! I received my signed contract and first check! I am Executive Producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell’s groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades. Now, for the first time ever, Campbell’s full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO’s THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter’s classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?”


We’ll update you when we know more.

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