Is Matthijs Van Heijningen Directing ‘The Thing’ Prequel?

This follow-up to John Carpenter’s film will revolve around R.J. Macready’s brother.

In an interesting bit of news from our friends over at Bloody Disgusting, it seems that director Matthijs van Heijningen is going to be helming the often talked about prequel to John Carpenter's remake of The Thing. Though this news is still being considered rumor due to the lack of an official confirmation, it is fact that the film is moving ahead at Strike and Universal Pictures.

Heijningen, who is also attached to direct Army of the Dead for Zack Snyder's Strike Entertainment, is pushing to make the lead character in his prequel the brother of R.J. Macready, a character originally played by Kurt Russell. Bloody Disgusting offer this synopsis: In the screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, the prequel takes place from the Norwegian camp's point of view. An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. 
The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. 
During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage, along with members of the team that investigate. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over bodies is on the loose and they don't know who may already have been taken over.

The film is expected to be released sometime in 2010. We will have more news as it breaks in the very near future.

The Thing was released October 14th, 2011 and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Braunstein, Trond Espen Seim, Kim Bubbs. The film is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr..

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  1. killerman200

    Ottley stop trying to sweet talk me. I'm not like that. I'm not your baby don't call me baby, bitch. You take a dirt nap.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  2. RavenX5 God of Light

    SHUT THE F*CK UP,ALREADY DAMNIT!!!!!all i see in news is fight that,
    f*ck this and gay that,can we get the f*ck along already?!?!?!?Jesus.You're acting like Martha F*cking Stewart on Hyper Steroids DB

    6 years agoby @hackx9Flag

  3. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    No one cares about the film or about you.

    I see someone getting a little ticked off because he is not the center of MovieWeb.
    Awww, poor baby have a cookie and take a nap

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  4. killerman200


    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  5. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    treatment written by Garry A. Piazza
    based on characters created by John W. Campbell, Jr.

    - - -

    It's spring 1982 and U.S. Outpost #31 lay in ruin. Overhead, a
    reconnaissance jet makes an assessment of the damage and moves on to
    the next outpost. Upon discovering the same carnage over the Norwegian post, a startling discovery of another kind is made by our
    unsuspecting air crew. They discover, half-exposed in the ice below,
    the carcass of the UFO that once made its journey to Earth to deliver a creature ominously fierce enough to be called The Thing.

    The air crew immediately dispatches the news that will prompt a rescue effort for the destroyed compounds and a salvage effort for the crippled UFO. The entire effort is the sole responsibility of one man -- CIA agent, Roman Dorn. Malevolently obnoxious and evil, Dorn's bunk operation will prove to be more than just a rescue and salvage effort.

    Upon arriving at the scorched remains of U.S. Outpost #31, Dorn's
    agents discover the frozen stiff body of R.J. MacReady. MacReady's
    body is peeled from the ice with a bottle of J&B stuck to his frozen
    hands and is sent to the cryogenics facility at the Mcmurdo military
    base near the coastline. There, his body is thawed and revived and
    remains comatose while machines monitor his vital signs.

    As MacReady lies in deep sleep, Dorn has built a massive dome over the half-buried UFO and is running the operation under the guise of an atmospheric research facility (ARF). It's primary objective is to
    sample air quality of volcanic emissions for the purpose of reporting ozone depletion information and feed reports back to the United States. That's what Washington hears anyway.

    There is the beginning of the treatement for people interested, just copy and paste the url i gave into the address bar

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  6. killerman200

    J. A. shut the f*ck up. Trying to ignore me who are you trying to kid, assface. There is no treatment, you f*ckhead.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  7. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Also for people interested, here is the treament to 'The Thing 2.' It was written by a critic and afilm reviewer.
    It's not an exact script, just a treatment, a story guide

    Here is 'The Thing 2'

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  8. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    So any one else got any other opinions on this so called prequel?

    Myself in general sounds to much like the original and Chad made a good point, we already gonna know how it ends

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  9. killerman200

    Do you walk the streets wearing a shirt reading Dumbass? Quitter. What a loser? A little advice, bitch, quit writing, you suck. Nough said now!

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  10. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    But the way is little enjoyble entertaining argument is over.

    Nough Said now STFU

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  11. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Using coherent language to subside from my point.

    You called me a liar, i proved you wrong by showing you the evidence.

    Killerman, do you walk the streets wearing a 'Dunce' Hat?

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  12. killerman200

    Sarcasim, wow, your a writer right, bullsh*t. Your no writer. Fatality, bitch!

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  13. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Wow sarcasim is a bitch.
    You must have been literally and physically dumb to not realising that i was being sarcastic on saying there is no such film as 'The Thing'

    I suggest you define what a 'Treatment' & 'Scriptment' is in film terminology, before you make any sought of dumb ass lame comeback, lol.
    Here is an example

    Treatment to The Day The Earth Stood Still 2 (64 pages)

    Treatment to E.T.II: Noctural Fears by Stephen Spielberg

    Erm why would i claim to writing 'The Godfather' google search 'Mario Puzo'
    Also to note your dumbass on something there are 5 Godfather novels, so erm yeah Godfather 4 has already been written in ascending order.

    The Godfather
    The Sicilian
    The Godfather's Return
    The Godfather's Revenge
    Godfather: The Lost Years

    There have been rumours of a 4th film going into production to be done by Sofia Coppola.

    OH YES, Snap, crackle and pop straight out from my keyboard, does this site confirm a show called 'Lost For Words' ooooo wait it's at the official site of the theatre we hosted it in

    And before i ask you how dumb do you feel now.......

    Here is 'The Thing 2'

    Now erm how dumb do you feel now, Killerman?

    I think i just had the flawless victory here, dont't you?

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  14. killerman200

    F*ck you, Chad! Is that better. Nough said.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  15. Chad Vital

    No offense killerman, but your rant lost me in about 4 different areas lol. I was like 'huh?' and had to read it again.

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  16. killerman200

    KIRK I TOLD YOU TO SHUT THE F*CK UP! no one's ever bought or produced your sh*t man. Straight up liar is what you are. Guardian my ass, your making me laugh with all these bullsh*t accommodations. Yes, son like is a Sin. Your the one who needs rehab for your mental condition. Writing stories and sh*t. Now you don't believe there's such thing of the Thing. I bet you claim to writing the Godfather and plan on writing part 4. Notice the difference between a true writer and lame ass lying bitch,which is you. Yes, your a dumbass. Lol. Hey, come on man. I'm sure your life isn't boring with those Twinkies. Flawless Victory, bitch!!!!

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  17. Chad Vital

    Lmao. Fight fight fight! Or in the words of Mortal Kombat... "Finish Him!"

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  18. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    I produce my own work donut and i write for others and if they like what i've written they buy it or produce.
    Obviously no one will produce my work when i've done 3 stages shows at well known theatres in London, and a few short films, which i'm currently working on my current project entitled 'Guardian Angel' and a short novel called 'Sinner'
    There is actually erm nothing inaccurate with my vocabulary at least i have a wider range of words and every comeback i make doesn't involve twisted pervertedness, you got psychological issues, plz do your self a favour and get it checked out in rehab.

    Erm i never knew there was a film called E.T 2 or The Day The Earth Stood Still 2.
    Maybe there never was a film called 'The Thing' and no one ever decided one day to think i'm gonna write a sequel for The Thing, because its kind of an open ending.
    They are unproduced Hollywood Scriptural doc*ments that got looked at but never received the greenlight not real films.
    Notice the difference.

    "I don't cause these arguments. Your dumbass opinions start this."
    Read that quote and your the one calling me a dumbass?

    "Hate to break it to you. Your probably 38, living in your mother's basement, fat, eating Twinkies all day, typing your life away."

    We also thank you for the amazing exciting quote that actually describes and details your boring ass life.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  19. KirkEpsilon

    Then I won't have to worry about it then thank god

    6 years agoby @kirkepsilonFlag

  20. killerman200


    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  21. killerman200

    if i'm not worth, why continue? Your a pathetic fool. Obviously your still suffering some brain trauma from death of your close relative. Oh, now your bringing up real scripts, doesn't work f*ggot. I don't cause these arguments. Your dumbass opinions start this. I only need one real friend and that's my soon to be wife. Your only real friend is this red fluffy thing that you sleep with that giggles when it's tickled. And no idiot not your dog's penis. Even though if that's what you do who am i to judge. Man, i wish you were an illusion. It's okay about your vocabulary disability. YOu know a lot have people have dropped out of the 4th grade, but i'm not one of those people so find someone who is. Trust me you'll feel better about putting those sorry excuses for a comeback against someone else. Your a writer,lol,lol,lol. Why? No one is going to actually turn your sh*t into a movie. Get outta here. Hate to break it to you. Your probably 38, living in your mother's basement, fat, eating Twinkies all day, typing your life away. Am i right? 18, yeah right, if you mean you molest 18 year old boys, then i'll believe you. Your is 18 your IQ, Nough said, bitch.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  22. KirkEpsilon

    Ok now an opinion from someone who's not a complete retard...

    6 years agoby @kirkepsilonFlag

  23. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Killerman you not worth it, technically your just a waste of space abondoned and disturbed by a traumatic sexually abused childhood that obviously runs in your family.

    Yeah next your be telling me that there has never been a treatment for a sequel to E.T 2 or a script for 'The Day The Earth Stood Still 2'
    Plz learn what the 'Copyright & Patents Act' consists of or the IPL

    Learn to just accept people's opinions instead always trying to cause arguments with people and then who knows you might actually get some REAL FRIENDS in REAL LIFE, and not waste your time trying to get friends on networking sites just to create this illusionary world that you actually have FRIENDS.

    Now if you ain't got anything better to say, then plz do yourself and myself and everyone else the privilege here and don't say anything, i'm putting that in a nice way but if you want it blunt
    'i haven't even got the bloody vocabulary to describe your dumbness and i'm a writer for crying pete sake.'

    Just acknowledge your intelligence just got insulted by a 18yr old, now don't insult your I.Q even more with one of your lame comebacks

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  24. killerman200

    Ottley if there's a psychiatric clinic nearby i suggest you head down there. There was never any type of The Thing 2 script written. Stop trying to make sh*t up just to have some friends, bitch. Conveniently, you say it might not be there anymore, because it never was. "No Nightmare Remake." The only statement you've made in your entire life that makes sense. Wow, keep going son. You'll make it.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  25. killerman200

    Make a sequel like the video game? Kirk what the f*ck is wrong with your dumbass. Do you just type for the f*ck of it? Oh my goodness, dumbass. The Thing video game has the worst story and everything else.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  26. killerman200

    Good point about prequels Chad Vital. Are they really necessary?

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  27. killerman200

    I got two sheets of kiss my ass for the both you two coonballs.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  28. killerman200

    I socialize with my foot up your ass little bitch.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  29. killerman200

    Hey Ottley tell the truth the club was a gay club right, lol.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  30. killerman200

    Hey Duck you suck.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

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