Blumhouse and Universal Teaming for A Reboot of 'The Thing', With Potential for More in The Same Universe!
Are you sitting down? Good, because it turns out that Universal and Blumhouse are teaming up for a reboot of The Thing!...
...But it's not exactly a reboot of John Carpenter's The Thing. Turns out, the film will be a new adaptation influenced by Carpenter's film, the novella that it was originally based on by John W. Campbell Jr., Who Goes There?, and the novel length version of that story that was discovered by John Betancourt in 2018, Frozen Hell!
Recently, Producer Alan Donnes announced on Facebook: “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?'”
Excuse me while I freak out for a moment, as Carpenter's The Thing is a top five horror film for me.
If that wasn't exciting enough, Betancourt expanded on the announcement with, "movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it's being fast-tracked.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what's going on with 'Who Goes There?', 'Frozen Hell', and 'The Thing' in Hollywood. I can't talk about the rest yet, but it's very exciting -- and if all goes as planned, 'The Thing' will be alive and well for quite a while."
So not only is a new version of The Thing heading our way, but it sounds like there are plans for a franchise. Fans of The Thing have been calling for a sequel for a long time. This news just basically gave us that and then some.
What do you think? Are you excited for a new Thing and potential franchise?
*Our friends at Bloody Disgusting first published the news*
By Matt Konopka