In 1982 John Carpenter made a version of The Thing starring Kurt Russell. The film was a contemporary remake of 1951's The Thing From Another World. That version was directed by Howard Hawks. All the films are derived from a 1938 short story, "Who Goes There?" that was published by Astounding Magazine.
Matthijs Van Heijningen is going to direct this movie from a screenplay by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer.
Winstead will be playing a Ph.D. candidate who comes aboard a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. A trapped organism gets freed and engages in a series of attacks. Winstead is forced to team with a mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to contain the rampage.
The movie will start shooting March 15 in Toronto.
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..