For fans of John Carpenter, we have some exciting news. This Saturday, while the Master of Horror was receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award during the Fantasia Film Festival (full interview below), he confirmed several projects. One of those projects is Blumhouse and Universal’s reboot of The Thing.
As previously reported, the new film as well as Carpenter’s 1982 movie, is inspired by acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien. The new film will also draw from Frozen Hell, a recently unearthed novella that serves as an abridged version of Campbell’s original story.
In all, there are already three film versions of the same story, The Thing from Another World (1951), Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing, and 2011’s The Thing from director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Blumhouse and Universal’s reboot will be number four. It will be interesting to see how they deliver something new.
It’s not a huge surprise that Carpenter is involved, he did direct the 1982 movie and he’s been working with the studio on the new Halloween movies. Let’s hope The Thing reboot will retain some of Carpenter’s magic, as well as a soundtrack and score by the icon. We expect he will also be serving as an executive producer.