John Carpenter Confirms 'The Thing' Is Getting a Reboot

The project is being helmed by Blumhouse and Universal

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Aug 24, 2020

Following reports early this year, John Carpenter has confirmed we're indeed getting a new reboot of The Thing.

The director made the reveal over the weekend during a panel for Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. As previously reported, the project is being helmed by Blumhouse and Universal.

So far, though, the film is in its very early stages, Variety reports.

In the Q&A, Carpenter was asked if he had talked with Blumhouse chief Jason Blum about directing any projects himself.

"I have? I don't know about that," Carpenter said. "But we've talked about — I think he's going to be working on The Thing, rebooting The Thing. I'm involved with that, maybe. Down the road."

Carpenter didn't say much more than that, however, about the reboot and declined to reveal whether the project would be a prequel, sequel or full-on remake.

You can watch the entire Fantasia talk below.

Carpenter's original The Thing film arrived in 1982 and was based on John W. Campbell Jr.'s 1938 novella Who Goes There? A reboot, though, would have much more source material to draw from. 

As we outlined back in January, famed sci-fi writer/publisher John Betancourt announced the discovery of the novel-length version of Who Goes There? in 2018, and at the time, he launched a Kickstarter to fund the release of the novel-sized version, which arrived under the title Frozen Hell.

At the time, Betancourt explained the following:

In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity. The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter's iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951). The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell's original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication. The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered."

Frozen Hell expands the Thing story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to an already incredible tale.

Then in January of this year, Betancourt explained, "The movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it's being fast-tracked."

Besides Carpenter's version, the original story has received two other film versions: 1951's The Thing from Another World and the poorly received 2011 Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. project, The Thing.

For now, keep staying tuned for more details on The Thing reboot as they become available.

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