Trust is an Issue in Latest The Thing Preview Clip
09.30.11 by Ryan
The problem with creating a prequel to a well-known and beloved movie, is that said prequel will always be compared to the movie that came before it. And when it comes to Universal's upcoming The Thing, the movie may also be adhering too closely to John Carpenter's 1982 classic The Thing — for instance, both movies have the exact same name.
The story for The Thing (prequel) is taken directly from an early sequence in Carpenter's version, when Kurt Russell and a few others investigate a nearby Norwegian camp that have discovered the alien creature frozen in the ice. The prequel tries to fill in the blanks of what happened at the Norwegian camp, which also includes English speaking characters played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje amongst the Norwegian scientists.
Another infamous sequence from Carpenter's version involved Russell taking the camp hostage with a flamethrower after the others question whether he is a creature or not. A similar, trust-questioning scene is depicted in the latest preview clip from The Thing (prequel), with Winstead trying to make sense of who can be trusted amongst the American and Norwegian crew members.
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street), The Thing co-stars Jonathan Walker, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju, and Jo Adrian Haavind.