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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Universal Unleashes The Next Big "Thing"

Sneak Peek the new poster supporting Universal's upcoming Toronto-lensed feature remake "The Thing".

The production lensed for 4 months @ Pinewood Studios Toronto.

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 John Carpenter's "The Thing"...