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The Thing not a prequel after all?

TheThing_Poster.jpgI 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.

It seems that the plot outline for The Thing has been revealed and it's not sounding like a prequel any more, not by the blurb that Bloody Disgusting has received.

“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.



Surely the prequel would begin with the first team digging up the saucer, which we see video footage of, then dragging the 'thing' back in a big block of ice? The same empty block of ice that McCready and Copper find.

The above sounds suspiciously like a dull straight remake.

Good, they can mess it up and I'll do the prequel. I've always wanted to see what happened at that first outpost.

It really surprises me that they're considering doing a remake rather than the prequel, that's crying out for a film.

Mark, I reckon you could do that.

If they respected the first film they have a fantastic set of question to answer. What was happening that one guy cut his wrists? Who was that changing outside that got burned up?

Not to mention that the Norwegian guys are the only ones to see The Thing in it's natural (possibly) form.

And it would have a great ending, nearly everyone dead with one helicopter left chasing after a dog and THE music starting up... Dum dum. Dum dum. Dum dum dee dee dee, dum dum.


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