I know I know. Out of all the remakes we’ve seen or that have been announced of late, another version of The Thing sounds like one of the most pointless. Christian Nyby’s 1951 adaptation The Thing from Another World was a solid gold carat classic – and then in 1982 John Carpenter went and made a version that was even better. Why do another one?
Well, it sounds like there’s some reasoning behind this. Both earlier films were based on a novella Who Goes There?, which was written by John W. Campbell Jr. and serialised in a magazine entitled Astounding Science Fiction way back in 1938. However, this novella was a heavily shortened version of a novel called Frozen Hell which was considered to be too long for the magazine. And the original novel has recently been discovered, a novel which “expands the story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to an already incredible tale.”
Said producer Alan Donnes recently 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 The Thing and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?”
Some investigating by other websites has apparently revealed this to be true. I have to admit, I am intrigued by this one, even though I’m sick and tired of all these remakes.