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News broke yesterday that Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are developing a new adaptation of The Thing that will be inspired by the full-length John Campbell novel Frozen Hell.
Producer Alan Donnes stated:
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? Many thanks to a lot of people but none more so than the heirs to the story for their faith and trust in me. I said I’d get it done and here we are. I am forever indebted to you!
Not only am I a massive fan of John Carpenter’s 1982 film but also consider it one of the best horror movies ever made, I am torn on this news. The cast, the atmosphere, the practical effects, the score are all damn near perfect. So what would get me excited for a new adaption after despising the 2011 effort by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and Universal Pictures?
Well, the Frozen Hell story seems interesting enough as it is a newly discovered and expanded version of the classic sci-fi story Who Goes There? (The Thing) by John W. Campbell, Jr. Frozen Hell expands The Thing story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to an already incredible tale. That piques my interest a bit, but what would sell me on this idea? It comes down to pretty much one thing. Who is behind the camera?
So the question I ask today is: who do you want to see direct The Thing reboot?
A solid director with a clear plan and the ability to keep the overall tone of Carpenter’s version while bringing their own vision to the project would suck me into wanting to see this immediately. Several directors came to mind for me. Some of my favorite go-to people like Jeremy Saulnier and Guillmere Del Toro were my first thought. Then I settled in on a new up and coming director that I would like to see take the reigns of this project. David Buckner who directed the 2017 surprise horror hit The Ritual. That film had similar elements to The Thing with the claustrophobic nature and an incredible creature design. I would be excited to see what he could do.
So what about you, screenagers. Who would you like to see direct this new adaptation of the classic The Thing? Let me know down in the comments!