How Battlestar's Ron Moore will 're-imagine' The Thing

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Universal has hired Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald Moore to write a prequel to John Carpenter's classic 1982 sci-fi horror movie The Thing, Variety reported, confirming an earlier scoop by

Moore will write the script, and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen will direct the re-imagining. The new project reportedly borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story "Who Goes There?," the basis of the Carpenter film and the 1951 Howard Hawks original movie The Thing From Another World.

The prequel is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp.