For many horror fans, it doesn’t get much better than John Carpenter’s iconic 80s flick The Thing. And now, those fans will have a new version of the film to paw over.
The film will get a modern remake after lost pages of the novel Who Goes There? from John W. Campbell were found. Universal Pictures has given the new adaptation the green light.
After its huge impact in the eighties, fans had spent much of the years following its release clamouring for a sequel to Carpenter’s masterpiece. That feeling was heightened with the original film’s ambiguous ending.
A prequel was released in 2011 which saw Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton take roles as members of the original researchers in Antarctica who first discovered the alien seen in the 1982 release.
In 2018, a larger manuscript of Who Goes There? called Frozen Hell was unearthed with an additional 45 pages that had previously gone unseen.
Reported by Bloody Disgusting, Universal and Blumhouse have teamed up for the new adaptation, working with the newly discovered pages of the novel.
Producer Alan Donne announced on Facebook that he would be taking hold of the reins of the film but it has since been deleted.
ScreenRant provides the message: “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?”