The Thing prequel news
News hasn't really been coming out about The Thing prequel, we knew already it was in the Norwegian camp and that they were de-constructing the original film where the characters visited the devastated Norwegian camp and building a story from every element of those scenes. However after that, something new did come out, in the form of the casting calls which gave away rather a lot of information.
Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the film from the final script by Eric Heisserer, and it will tell the story of the team who first discovered the buried and frozen spaceship and removed the alien Thing from it's frozen cocoon, and started all the trouble.
The blurb for The Thing prequel goes something like this:
In a remote Antarctica outpost, an alien spaceship is discovered far beneath the ice. When a group of ambitious scientists decide to thaw out one of the creatures inside, they're in for the terrifying fight of their lives…
So now we know where we're starting from, somewhere we knew a while ago really, however over at Spoiler TV through /Film, they got together the casting calls, casting calls which tell a hell of a lot of the story and the characters behind it, and also reveal some things you might not want to know.
Again, as I've kept saying, it's going to be an uphill struggle here because we know how the film ends, that is if we've seen the John Carpenter version of The Thing, for that film begins with the surviving members of the Norwegian crew arriving, rather unexpectedly and hurriedly, at the American base. So we know the ending, so how is it going to get there?
Well the character breakdowns have Kate Lloyd as the character that could be the hero, or heroine. She's an English speaking palaeontologist amongst all the Norwegian speakers with her friend Adam Goodman as her interpretor and the man who recommended her to join the Norwegians and investigate their discovery.
Doctor Sander Halvorson is the microbiologist at the Antarctica site who is investigating the strange find and is desperate to open it up and get some tissue samples, whereas Kate Lloyd wants to hold off and get it in a controlled lab to do the investigations. He's a scientist blinded by the desire to discover this find that could bring fame and fortune. Obviously he's the one that starts all the trouble.
Meanwhile there's Sam Carter, a man who sounds just like McReady, the role Kurt Russell played, from the original film. I mean he really sounds like him, except Carter is a mercenary and runs a private charter service which is shipping supplies to the base.
The rest of the cast round up the different personalities, bringing something different to the story and providing the necessary bodies to build up throughout the film. Any more and I'd be spoiling some surprises.
I like the sound of the set-up, it certainly all sounds plausible, and it does seem that although they've created a Russell clone for the film, that he may not end up being the lead character, at least I don't think he will.
Still, despite all this, I can't get over the fact that we know how it all ends, and I know that's daft because there's so much before that to give us surprises and twists and turns, and I'm sure they'll even keep them coming right to the closing scene, don't you think?