News: Check Out The Cool New Poster For THE THING 'Remake'

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Wow, the studios are really spoiling us this week with the release of yet another sweet new poster for us to ogle. It's only Tuesday and already we've had THE MUPP ETS, SHERLOCK HOLMES 2, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and now this, the much anticipated return of THE THING. Why would we be excited about a remake of John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic? We'll have a chat after we've had a ganders at the one-sheet...
Perfect. It's minimilistic, it evokes the 1982 artwork, cool tagline, and it's subtly horrific – the Thingy-fied left hand took a few moments to even notice.

Now, what with our unified dislike of remakes and reboots here at Starburst HQ (you can see evidence of this in the recent EVIL DEAD news), why would we be enthusiastic about this one? Well firstly, let’s remind ourselves that Carpenter’s flick was also a remake of THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD from 1951. Secondly, producers Srike Entertainment (the DAWN OF THE DEAD chaps) have taken quite a unique approach in that this movie acts as a companion piece to the ’82 version, telling the tale of the Norwegian research team’s encounter with the alien before we were introduced to Kurt and co (if you recall it’s their infected dog that infiltrates our hero’s camp and triggers the mayhem). It’s a refreshing take on the remake trend, and pretty nifty to boot.

The movie stars DEATH PROOF and SCOTT PILGRIM star Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Eric Christian Olsen (best known as that 'tiny nipples' dude from COMMUNITY); Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars in the STAR WARS prequels); and LOST’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (no, I can’t pronounce it either). Matthijs van Heijningen Jr makes his filmmaking debut, directing from a screenplay by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA showrunner Ronald D. Moore.

We’ll get to see whether or not they can pull it off this coming Halloween.

Opinions? We know you got 'em! Share them with your Starburst brethren below!


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-1 #4 Kevin Lyons 2011-07-21 12:09
This is not a remake but actually a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing! It is set in the Norwegian camp that was infected before the Americans, the whole block of of Ice set in the trailer has been recreated from the previous film.Perhaps they decided they didn't want to be confined by the continuity of the earlier movie but this certaily is not a remake. Check out the Internet Move database http://www.imdb.com/title/​tt0905372/
"The producers convinced Universal Studios to allow them to create a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing instead of a remake, as they felt Carpenter's film was already perfect, so making a remake would be like "painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa". However, the prequel still has the title of the original film, because they couldn't think of a subtitle (for example, "The Thing: Begins") that sounded good"
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0 #3 Claudia Whitehouse 2011-07-13 20:21
this is a really cool poster!
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+2 #2 sophiea iqbal 2011-07-13 13:33
Strangly this gets me excited though we have another remake on our hands. If done well and is a stand alone in its own right, I would love to see this. At least we haven't had a million reboots of this.

Love the poster too. Subtle but effective. :)
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+1 #1 Nicholas Peat 2011-07-12 18:07
That's a genuinely unsettling and intriguing poster - I think this could actually be a surprise hit.
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