The Thing not a prequel after all?
I was actually looking forward to the new version of The Thing, not because it was a remake but because it was going to be a prequel, the story of the Norwegian team that we briefly see at the start of John Carpenter's version as they chase the dog in the helicopter in the opening scenes.
The exciting part was that Ronald D. Moore, responsible for the amazing Battlestar Galactica television series, was set to create this prequel and he had said that it was going to be a pure prequel. However that might not be the case any more.
“In the screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, the prequel takes place from the Norwegian camps 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 and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realize 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.”
Well that certainly isn't sounding like a prequel, maybe opening from the Norwegians point of view but aren't they all dead after the helicopter crash and we're straight into the American's story? I'm a little confused.