Sadly, one of my favorite old horror movies The Thing looks like it’s on it’s way into production as early as January of 2010. The writer of the remake, Eric Heisserer, recently spoke with BloodyDisgusting about his current rewrite of Ronald D. Moore’s version of the screenplay, which isn’t even based off of Charles Lederer‘s 1951 version (in my opinion, the best version). It seems that people only remember the 1982 Kurt Russell version(above) of the film and are completely forget about the 50′s take. But oh well.
Here is what Heisserer has to say about rewriting the rewrite for the remake of the remake…
Some early rumors suggested that the prequel would follow the brother of R.J. MacReady, who was played by Kurt Russell in the first film.
“That was certainly a character in Ronald Moore’s draft,” he tells B-D. “I can’t comment on whether or not were going to keep that going forward.”
He goes on more about the details…
“It’s a really fascinating way to construct a story because were doing it by autopsy, by examining very, very closely everything we know about the Norwegian camp and about the events that happened there from photos and video footage that’s recovered… from a visit to the base, the director, producer and I have gone through it countless times marking, you know, there’s a fire axe in the door, we have to account for that…were having to reverse engineer it, so those details all matter to us ‘cause it all has to make sense.”
Hopefully it will do more than just make sense. It is an amazing film that shouldn’t be touched, so I if they’re going to do it they should do it right. What scares me the most is that this sounds like it’s going to be dumbed down for a teenage ADD audience…
We’re finding so much from Carpenter’s movie that you think you’ve seen, but in actually it allows us to come up with certain twists on what we have that will allow people to be on the edge of their seat, and not know who’s going to make it and who’s not.”
I’m afraid… and not in a good way.
What do you think of The Thing being remade? Do you think it stands a chance?