With The Wolfman arriving in theaters next week (and supposedly tracking well), Universal Pictures is off and running with their next creature feature, The Thing, a prequel/redo of John Carpenter’s classic 80′s film (also a remake of the 50′s The Thing From Another World). Being helmed by Matthijs Van Heijningen, Uni has announced the first cast of who will be taking on tricky creatures from another planet. Read on for the scoop.
Genre veteran Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, Grindhouse, The Ring Two) and Joel Edgerton (Acolytes, Spider) will star in “The Thing,” Universal’s latest take on the shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of people in a remote facility, reports the Heat Vision Blog.
“The best-known version might be the 1982 John Carpenter-Kurt Russell cult movie, which was a contemporary remake of 1951′s “The Thing From Another World,” directed by Howard Hawks. All take inspiration from a 1938 short story, “Who Goes There?” published in pulp mag Astounding.
Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing the latest movie, which was written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing.
Winstead will play a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot (Edgerton) to stop the rampage.
A March 15 start date in Toronto is planned.”