In news that will have some movie lovers saying "You gotta be f***** kidding", a remake of beloved horror classic The Thing is in the works from Blumhouse and Universal. John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing was itself a loose remake of The Thing for Another World which was an adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr' short story Who Goes There? Rather than being a straight-up remake, the new Thing will add more of John W. Campbell Jr's ideas thanks to the recent discovery that Who Goes There? was an abridged version of a longer story. Back in 2018, the full version of Campbell's work was found, and a Kickstarter campaign launched to get the full book, Frozen Hell, released for the first time. Writing on his Facebook page, producer Alan Donnes confirmed that the new take would take inspiration from Carpenter's seminal film, the original movie, and Frozen Hell.
“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. 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?”
Back in 2011, an ill-advised prequel to The Thing emerged in cinemas. Confusingly titled The Thing, the 2011 version neatly tied its story to just before Carpenter's movie, but that's where the compliments end. A lifeless, joyless, generic creature feature is all we got served up, so the benchmark for doing better than that isn't an unachievable one. Carpenter's horrifying version has stood the test of time and is still considered one of the best horror films of all time. If there has to be another version of The Thing, Jason Blum is a safe pair of hands who respects the genre and knows how to keep studios happy while letting filmmakers do their thing. In the right hands, a new take on The Thing with fresh material from Campbell is an enticing prospect.