New adaptation of The Thing in development at Universal Pictures & Blumhouse
John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi horror The Thing is considered one of his greatest works, and now, after discovering an original version of his source novel, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have started to develop a new adaptation of the material, according to Bloody disgusting.
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The original film, which was technically the second adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.'s Who Goes There after 1951, The Thing From Another World, followed a group of American researchers in Antarctica who discovered a parasitic alien organism that assimilates and imitates other forms of life. As he crosses the group, disguising himself as several members, paranoia sets in and the humans are still trying to find a way to kill him before he finds a way to reach civilization.
In 2018, John Betancourt revealed that he had found a full version of the source material and went to Kickstarter to finance the release of the novel, entitled Frozen Hell, and this week he revealed that not only was the project fully funded, but also that the studio had acquired the rights and started development almost immediately in an adaptation.
"The film will be from Universal and Blumhouse," said Betancourt. "Everyone is super excited about this and is accelerating."
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Producer Alan Donnes originally announced the news through a Facebook Post, in which he revealed that he will be the executive producer of the new adaptation, which he calls "a remake" and that he will remain faithful not only to the original novel and the complete new novel, but will also remain faithful to both 1951 and 1982 films.
The Carpenter film was considered a disappointment when released, receiving mixed reviews from critics and audiences at the time and only grossing $ 19.6 million out of its $ 15 million in the US, but in the years following its release, it became a cult classic, meeting a large audience after launching at home. Critics also revisited the film in the years that followed, and most changed their attitude, praising its atmosphere of paranoia, shocking visual effects and strong performances from its cast, led by Kurt Russell.
The film spawned a franchise of its own, including haunted house attractions, novelizations and comic book sequels, a 2002 video game and a 2011 prequel from Universal Pictures, which received mixed to negative reviews and earned just $ 31.5 million in $ 38 million expenses.