The Thing Prequel Loses Its Release Date; Fast Five Moves Up Its Release
11.14.10 by BJSprecher
Universal Pictures has pulled director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s prequel movie to John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi/horror classic The Thing from its April 2011 release date, leaving it without a release date at this time. A spokesperson for Universal told the LA Times that The Thing is "not yet ready," though no specific details about the progress of the production were provided. In its place, Universal will release Fast Five, the fifth chapter in the Fast & Furious street car racing franchise, which was originally slated to debut in June 2011.
Here is the official synopsis of The Thing prequel:
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.
The Thing prequel was written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. The cast includes Jonathan Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Eric Christian Olsen, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju, and Jo Adrian Haavind.