New Adaptation of The Thing to Be Released by Blumhouse Productions
It has been announced that a new adaptation of "The Thing" will be coming out from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. The news was announced by Producer Alan Donnes via Facebook.
The statement read: "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!"
According to the Kickstarter campaign, the story is as follows:
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 The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered.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. We are pleased and honored to offer Frozen Hell to you now, as Campbell intended it. You will be among the first people to ever read this completed version of the story.
The most popular version of "The Thing" was released in 1982 by John Carpenter and starred Kurt Russell.