Universal is ling up a new take on the sci-fi horror classic The Thing, last brought to the screen by John Carpenter in 1982. This, according to a report on Variety.
Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore is attached to write the script and commercial director Matthijs Van Heijningen will direct the new project, which borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story Who Goes There. The Campbell story was the basis of the Carpenter film, as well as the 1951 Howard Hawks original The Thing From Another World.
It’s set in a Norwegian Antarctic camp and chronicles how a shape-shifting alien was first discovered by the inhabitants of that camp, and were soon overcome by it. Strike Entertainment’s Eric Newman and Marc Abraham will produce the film, along with executive producer David Foster.
Van Heijningen previously shot commercials for Toyota, Pepsi, Heineken, Bud Light and Visa. He is also developing a film called Army of the Dead at Warner Bros. with Watchmen director Zack Snyder producing.
Below is the trailer for the 1982 John Carpenter version of The Thing.
And here is the trailer for the 1951 original The Thing From Another World.