The Thing: new take on source novel on the way

The Thing poster, directed by John Carpenter
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A new The Thing movie is in the works, based on the recently-discovered original version of the source text.

John Carpenter’s superb 1982 feature The Thing was in itself a remake of 1951’s The Thing From Another World, that in itself was based on John W Campbell Jr’s short novel Who Goes There? The 2011 movie was in turn a prequel to that.

Now? Blumhouse Productions is going back to that source novella for a new feature film take on the original.

It’s going by the name of Frozen Hell, and it’s going to use as its basis the full version of Campbell Jr’s original story, that was only recently discovered. Universal Pictures will be releasing the movie.

John Betancourt, who had taken to Kickstarter to get the full version of Campbell Jr’s text published, revealed the news in an update to project backers.
As he reported there, Alan Donnes – who is working on the film project – has posted to his personal Facebook feed:

“It’s OFFICIAL! I received my signed contract and first check! I am Executive Producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell’s groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades”.

The post added:

“Now, for the first time ever, Campbell’s full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO’s THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter’s classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?”

No word yet on when we can expect the movie, but we’ll keep you posted.

The Kickstarter post is here (with a hat tip to Bloody Disgusting).

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