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The new year has brought one piece of incredible movie news after another for sci-fi fans, but none has sparked as much debate as Disney’s plans for its recently acquired Lucasfilm assets and the Star Wars movie franchise. January was dominated by questions and rumors about who would be chosen to direct the sequel to Return of the Jedi, currently titled simply Star Wars: Episode VII, with the month closing out with fiery debates over whether the man who reignited the Star Trek franchise for Paramount, J.J. Abrams, was the right choice to reignite Star Wars for Disney. Only eight days into February and the internet is practically melting down over the news that Disney is also developing solo movies featuring a young Han Solo and the mysterious bounty hunter Boba Fett.
With Star Wars on our minds, we decided that this would be a fitting time to find out how you would rank the original trilogy of movies — Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — against other sci-fi movies of the same era. Put down those sabacc cards, pour yourself a glass of blue milk and choose the best sci-fi movies of the 1970s and '80s.
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Posted 02.08.13 by BrentJS
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. watch the clip >> Posted 09.30.11 by Ryan
It often seems like movie theaters are filled with an endless barrage of prequels, sequels or remakes, and, on the surface, the upcoming The Thing may seem like just a way to capitalize on the loyal following of John Carpenter's 1982 classic The Thing, mainly because the two movies share the exact same name.
Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior) plays American helicopter pilot Sam Carter in The Thing prequel, and revealed in an interview with Collider that he only decided to make the movie was because it was not a remake but rather a "pretty genius" idea for a prequel.
edgerton plays like Kurt Russell; compliments director >> Posted 09.27.11 by Ryan
I’m pretty skeptical about Hollywood and its fascination with the sequel and the franchise. It’s a zone we seem to be in, at the moment. It’s definitely a slightly nerve-wracking thing to get involved with. I don’t think I would have done it, if it was a remake because I personally believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But, the whole reason these guys had for doing a prequel was pretty genius, when you look at the Carpenter movie. It’s like it was served up on a plate by Carpenter, back in '82, with this whole mystery of what happened at the Norwegian camp. What (prequel director) Matthijs [van Heijningen Jr.] and Universal did was open up a lovely chapter that you wish had been told.
For fans of John Carpenter's The Thing, one of the top questions about director Matthijs van Heijningen's upcoming The Thing prequel is, How similar will the creature look? Well, the new red band trailer has the creature making an impressive amount of appearances in a short amount of time. watch the trailer >> Posted 09.20.11 by Ryan
The shapeshifting alien in John Carpenter's The Thing is easily one of the most terrifying monsters in cinematic history — we get goosebumps just thinking about the scene where the infected Norris' (Charles Hallahan) head tears itself apart from the body, sprouts spider-like legs, and skitters away — and it was created by creature designer Rob Bottin well before the advent of CGI technology. In fact, the "thing" in The Thing has become such an iconic creature that producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman made the decision to use as many practical effects as possible when depicting the creature in the upcoming The Thing prequel.
We only get to see a few glimpses of the creature in the trailer and TV spot that recently began airing, but some close-up shots of the creepy critter appeared in a recent article in Make-Up Artist Magazine (via director Matthijs van Heijningen's Facebook page). The article also contained a brief interview with Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., creators of the make-up effects that brought the new "thing" to life, as well as with Linda Dowds, make-up department head of the production. what did Gillis and Woodruff, Jr. say about creating the "thing" in The Thing? >> Posted 09.18.11 by BrentJS
The onset of fall marks the official end of the action/adventure-heavy Summer Movie Season and the arrival of more and more horror movies in theaters in the weeks leading up to Halloween. One that we are especially looking forward to is director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s The Thing, a prequel to John Carpenter's terrifying 1982 movie of the same name. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, the prequel reveals the discovery of the alien spacecraft and the frozen E.B.E. (Extraterrestrial Biological Entity) that caused so much trouble for Kurt Russell and co. in the original. With the recent airing of the first TV spot for Heijningen's prequel, we wanted to see how it stacks up against the spot for Carpenter's original. Which one's better? compare the two tv spots >> Posted 09.16.11 by BrentJS
Universal Pictures has released the first preview clip for their upcoming horror movie, The Thing. If you're aware of John Carpenter's 1982 movie of the same name, that might seem confusing, but the upcoming The Thing is a prequel to Carpenter's The Thing. Glad we could clear that up for you.
The prequel follows the Norwegian scientific team that was briefly revealed in Carpenter's version. The group discovers an alien spacecraft and an extraterrestrial frozen in ice that eventually thaws and turns out to be very unfriendly. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) plays an American paleontologist named Kate Lloyd that joins the Norwegian team after the discovery is made. In an interview with MTV, Winstead admitted that there "was definitely a lot of pressure" in making a prequel to Carpenter's well-respected and beloved movie, but that director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. was able to bring "a whole other level of paranoia" to the movie. read Winstead's comments and watch the clip >> Posted 09.08.11 by Ryan
Just days after revealing the first poster for The Thing, Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for the imaginatively-titled prequel to director John Carpenter's 1982 movie of the same name.
Ultimately based on John W. Campbell Jr.'s 1938 novella Who Goes There?, the story involves a scientific team discovering an alien spacecraft and an extraterrestrial frozen in ice. When the ice unexpectedly thaws, the team is in for a surprise when the alien revives and slowly begins assuming the body and personality of several team members. The story was originally adapted into the 1951 classic The Thing from Another World and remade by Carpenter 30 years later. watch the trailer >> Posted 07.14.11 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. more about the prequel >> Posted 07.12.11 by Ryan
Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s upcoming The Thing Prequel will follow the Norwegian camp briefly depicted in John Carpenter's 1982 classic The Thing. Besides featuring plenty of Norwegian actors and English subtitles, the prequel will also have a few American characters, primarily Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen in Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith), who's actually an Australian.
Winstead plays a paleontologist named Kate Lloyd, who joins the Norwegian science team after they discover the alien life form that eventually plagues Kurt Russell and his team. Despite appearing in horror movies like Black Christmas and Final Destination 3, Winstead told Collider that her age almost lost her the part.
Edgerton not your typical hero >> Posted 10.08.10 by Ryan
I auditioned for it but I think a few people involved at certain levels thought I was too young for the part. I had to come in a couple of times. I read with Joel to kind of see how we would look next to each other and to see if we looked like we were on par as far as our level of maturity and what not. Also Matthijs and the producers fought really hard to have me and made it clear that the character was young and just starting her career. I’m not trying to play someone who is a veteran scientist or anything like that. I’m playing someone very close to my own age.