Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Universal's Next Big "Thing"- April 29, 2011

According to Universal Pictures, the new Toronto-lensed remake of "The Thing", wrapping after a 4-month shoot @ Pinewood Studios Toronto, will be released April 29, 2011.

The science-fiction horror thriller, described by the studio as a 'prelude' to director John Carpenter's feature "The Thing" (1982), follows the discovery of an extraterrestrial organism and ship buried deep in Antarctica.

The main character, a paleontologist played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, fights for survival, along with her scientific crew, when the 'shape-shifter' alien is discovered to have the ability to replicate other creatures (including humans).

Carpenter's "The Thing" adapted the 1938 "Astounding Magazine" 'novella' "Who Goes There", by author John W. Campbell Jr.

The short story was also the basis of the 1951 film "The Thing From Another World" from producer Howard Hawks.

Premise of Campbell's original story focused on a group of scientific researchers, isolated in Antarctica, that discover an alien spaceship buried in the ice. The men unwittingly recover the alien pilot that can assume the shape, memories and personality of any living creature.

Strike Entertainment's Eric Newman and Marc Abraham produced "The Thing" prequel, with David Foster executive producing, from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Click the images to enlarge Sneak Peek "The Thing"...