Put on your parkas and get ready for another horror ride in the Antarctic, because “The Thing” is back courtesy of Universal and Blumhouse.
For those who long to once again see the shape shifting alien menace known as the thing wreak havoc on the big screen, some good news is coming your way. Universal Pictures and Blumhouse are teaming up to bring us a new adaptation of the cult hit The Thing. This comes shortly after the discovery of a full novel length version of the story, and it could mean a more in-depth understanding of the creature aptly named the thing.
While Kurt Russell might not be able to reprise his role as R. J. MacReady, the thing is sure to be terrorizing a fresh batch of actors and actresses.
John Carpenter’s version of The Thing had some of the greatest special and practical effects available at the time, so viewers should be excited to see what Blumhouse and Universal can accomplish with the much more advanced technology now available.
Blumhouse is well known for their recent impact on the horror film genre, producing many of the genre’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed titles.
Their low-budget model began in 2009 with Paranormal Activity. Since then, they’ve been behind a constant stream of smash hits, such as Mike Flanagan’s Hush and Oculus, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, Happy Death Day, The Lords of Salem, The Purge, Sinister, Insidious, and Halloween (2018). They were also responsible for Jordan Peel’s Oscar-winning social thriller Get Out, the studio’s top-rated horror title to date. (Side note: Both Blum and Peele have expressed interest in teaming up for a sequel.)
With this horror powerhouse at the helm, excitement is high for what they can do with the film’s source material.
This will be the 3rd film adaptation of John Wood Campbell Jr’s work Who Goes There?
However, this latest adaptation will be the first film to pull more from the original, unedited work Frozen Hell.
The Thing From Another World was the first film adaptation of this now forever immortalized tale of terror. Blumhouse and Universal hope to follow suit and create something uniquely terrifying of their own, while paying respect to the greats that came before.
No information is available yet as to a release date, but Universal has stated they are fast-tracking this movie.