Matthijs Van Heijningen to Helm ‘The Thing’ Remake

New film to be based on John Carpenter’s seminal 1982 version.

Variety reports that Universal has tapped Matthijs Van Heijningen for The Thing remake. The film is to be based on the seminal movie created by John Carpenter in 1982.

This new version will take place in a Norwegian camp and it will examine how the mysterious "shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp."

Ron Moore will be writing the screenplay.

The reboot will be based on the John W. Campbell Jr. short story Who Goes There. This was also the basis of the John Carpenter film and the 1951 Howard Hawks movie .

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. Wpnx0351

    WTF??!!! I would go w/ prequel!!! Why would they re-boot The Thing?? I hated the re-booted Halloween!!! No scare in that movie at all. Hope that doesn't happen here!!!

    6 years agoby @wpnx0351Flag

  2. WonderWomyn

    Why are they referring this new version to a remake if the story is going to be about when the aliens were first discovered before it ended up at the camp from the original movie? Shouldn't they be calling it a prequel instead?

    6 years agoby @wonderwomyn74Flag

  3. Chad Vital

    Yeah I was thinking that too Messiah, I was like "I don't f*cking speak Norwegian" lol jm I hope the movie isn't all subtitles. Or "swedes" as Kurt Russell called 'em lol :)

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  4. Chad Vital

    lol Zzz asking where Cell is and then here he comes "another dman remake!"

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  5. hihodiddily

    If it's a prequel and focuses on the Norwegians...does that mean the whole movie will be in subtitles? lol...

    6 years agoby @messiahbolicalFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    CHRIST!! ANOTHER DMAN REMAKE!! I hope John Carpenter is not selling out again!??!

    6 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. CDT1013

    This is just going to suck!

    6 years agoby @jmt1000000Flag

  8. ZanyZap

    Where's Cell....

    6 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  9. KirkEpsilon

    Doesn't matter. Sounds like it'll suck either way. Remake? Prequel? Who cares? It won't be better that John Carpenters version

    6 years agoby @kirkepsilonFlag

  10. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Told you guy from the start its a remake.

    It basically to put it a remake of a remake in the perspective of a prequel.
    Well that in one word 'Sucks' because we know everyone dies in the end.

    They are basically rebooting / remaking the film but using the story that opened The Thing, which was what happened before the team got there. Which really isn't that all interesting.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  11. Diaigma

    Hard pressed to make this comparable to the 82 version.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  12. Draktyr

    This new version will take place in a Norwegian camp and it will examine how the mysterious "shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp."

    Sounds more prequel than sequel. The Norwegian camp was only briefly shown in the original.

    6 years agoby @draktyrFlag

  13. AnnoyingFilmCritic

    A PREQUEL would be interesting with today's level of effects.

    Carpenter's '82 remake is a masterpiece that still resonates chills today. Mind blowing.

    6 years agoby @annoyingfilmcriticFlag

  14. Shelley

    If this 'prequel' or story 'reboot' does well, they will probably remake the 1982 movie.

    6 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  15. KirkEpsilon

    Prequel. Still say they should make the sequel. Most prequels these days blow chunks. Just like Underworld 3 there won't be much to intrigue me about this project. You already know what's going to happen.

    6 years agoby @kirkepsilonFlag

  16. ButteredToast

    i hope there be guns!!!

    killerman my biotch!!! LOOL!!!

    6 years agoby @butteredtoastFlag

  17. Buriblazing


    6 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  18. killerman200

    This sounds more like a prequel than a remake.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  19. Dani83

    Isn't it easier just to copy a movie's plot and hope people don't notice the resemblance? At least they would get rid of the "remake" label that everybody hates...

    6 years agoby @dani83Flag

  20. Saquin Turok 'X'

    A remake of a remake? I knew this was going to happen sooner or later.

    6 years agoby @teesterxFlag

  21. sirmetro

    to f*cking hell with these f*cked up remakes,most of em are worse than the og sh*t.

    6 years agoby @sirmetroFlag

  22. Chad Vital

    This isn't a remake, maybe a REBOOT with a different story point of view from the norwegian camp people, which is kinda like a prequel but not lol.

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  23. luca_frontino

    Gosh! I still have to watch Carpenter's one...

    6 years agoby @luca-frontinoFlag

  24. the Narrator

    I was hoping not, but who knows. It might have a chance of being good. I won't judge ahead of hand to much on this one.

    6 years agoby @narratorFlag

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