Ron Moore offers details about his prequel version of The Thing

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Ronald D. Moore told SCI FI Wire that he's completed his script for The Thing, which he said will be a companion piece to John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi horror movie of the same name.

Carpenter's film was in part a remake of the 1951 film The Thing From Another World, which was in turn based on John W. Campbell Jr.'s short story "Who Goes There?"

In Moore's film, a prequel, audiences will meet the body-snatching alien life form in the period before it attacked R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) and his team during an Antarctic expedition, events depicted in Carpenter's movie.

Moore (Battlestar Galactica) talked exclusively with SCI FI Wire about The Thing last night in New York at the SCI FI Channel's upfront presentation for advertisers and the media. Following are edited excerpts from our exclusive interview.

Where are things at with The Thing?

Moore: I was working on The Thing. I finished. I did my last draft a few weeks ago and turned it in. They [Universal Pictures] seem happy. They have a director [Matthijs Van Heijningen] assigned, and we'll wait to see when and if they green-light it.

What was your goal with this new version?

Moore: Well, the idea was to make a companion piece to Carpenter's. I started on the project with the feeling that Carpenter's version is just an amazing piece of work. It's a great film, and we really wanted to honor that version.

And so you've gone the prequel route?

Moore: We wanted a piece that would link up to [the Carpenter film] and not supplant it. So we didn't try to sort of completely reinvent what it was. We wanted a movie that would sort of live alongside it.