First Poster for The Thing Prequel
07.12.11 by Ryan
Universal Pictures clearly made a smart business decision when it shuffled director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s The Thing prequel out of its initial April 2011 release date and handed it to Fast Five, which easily won its opening weekend and has earned $601 million worldwide to date.
With The Thing prequel now opening on October 14, Universal has released a new poster for the movie, which should look familiar to fans of John Carpenter's The Thing — itself, a remake of 1951's The Thing from Another World, which was based on the John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There? — with the snowy setting and the partial transformation of the person depicted.
Set three days before Carpenter's The Thing, the prequel takes place in the Norwegian encampment that found the alien creature frozen in ice. Some of the aftermath of the encounter with the body-morphing alien was shown in Carpenter's version when Kurt Russell and a few others visit the Norwegian camp. The poster's tagline: "It's not human... Yet" infers that fans might get a peek at the alien's original form before it assumed human form.
Written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street), The Thing prequel stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a paleontologist working in Antarctica with the Norwegian scientific team and Joel Edgerton as the team's pilot. Eric Christian Olsen, Jonathan Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju, and Jo Adrian Haavind co-star.