I’m going to try to stop bitching about The Thing, the reborquel that’s coming out next year. Yes, I know it’s not a remake; it’s meant to take place prior to the events of John Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece (and it is a goddamn masterpiece). If anything, it’s a remake of the 1951 film The Thing From Another World, though that’s not quite right either. Regardless, I’ve given the film a ration of shit, mainly because I don’t like my Carpenter canon fucked with. But it’s happening, and so that’s that. Honestly? It would annoy me less if they’d just change the title a bit. If it’s not a remake, why call it The Thing?
Things like that annoy the hell out of me.
It’s being directed by first-timer Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. and stars Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I like Winstead, but one of the things I always liked about Carpenter’s film was the lack of a romantic subplot. But that’s a rare find these days — there’s gotta be some romance! Ugh. The question will be whether or not Heijningen will be able to hit the same levels of tension and freakishness that Carpenter did. Because the film will inevitably be compared to Carpenter’s film (another pitfall stemming from using the same name — did I mention that annoys me?), and Carpenter’s film was a pretty damn intense experience. The paranoia, the fear, and the suffocating panic of the characters was palpable throughout the film.
Regardless, we’ve got the first new images from the film, and it looks… well, based solely on the images, they’ve got the look down pretty well. No one is too clean-looking. It looks cold as a motherfucker. And they’ve got flamethrowers. So, you know, there’s that.
(source: Film School Rejects)