The Thing prequel gets complete rewrite
Ronald D. Moore is on a high from Battlestar Galactica in our eyes but perhaps not the studios, well not the studio who wants The Thing prequel, as it has been confirmed that Universal Pictures have ordered a complete rewrite of the script by different writers.
That's how it goes in Hollywood and this happens a lot, but the idea of a Moore written prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing just had excitement plastered all over it. Well that may well be gone.
The news today is confirmed by one of the writers who has the challenge to rewrite the script.
The story broke on Bloody Disgusting that the script was heading for a rewrite by Eric Heisserer, the man who just wrote the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake script. Now I'm not saying one is a better writer than the other, but pitching Battlestar Galactica against the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street provides a clear winner in my eyes, mind you we haven't even seen the Elm Street film yet and that is rather unfair, so let's go with it for now and see.
After this was reported Eric Heisserer spoke out on his own blog about the story and revealed it was in fact true.
“Matthijs and I are hard at work with the very smart team at Strike on the prequel. We are all so much in love with Carpenter’s film, so protective of it, we’re doing all we can to avoid stepping on its toes. I jumped at this job because I hold the Carpenter adaptation to very high standards, and I knew it would be a challenge to create a comparable companion piece...
...This is a “from scratch” rewrite assignment for the most part, as was my work on A Nightmare on Elm Street. I can’t say any more on that.”
Reading his words he does seem very positive about the whole idea and that he's going to be very respectful to the original film and the Ronald D. Moore script, but I still can't help wondering what that version was going to deliver, after all Moore has made one of the greatest reworks of all time with Battlestar Galactica, what could he have done with the prequel to The Thing?
I am concerned now that we really do end up with a straight rework of the first film, but with a Norwegian team, of course all speaking English with Norwegian accents, and with an ending that we know. I just hope that the studio and Heisserer are going to deliver something a little different, in fact a lot different.