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It lives! Blumhouse to reboot The Thing, John Carpenter 'involved'

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Aug 24, 2020, 6:45 PM EDT

It lives! Variety is reporting that Blumhouse Productions is in the “early stages” of developing a reboot of John Carpenter’s The Thing, with Carpenter himself on board to help shepherd the project. 

We've been hearing rumors about a possible remake for a while now, but the media outlet has now confirmed a statement that Carpenter made during a Q&A at the Fantasia International Film Festival on Saturday. While discussing working on the score to Halloween Kills, the filmmaker and film score composer was asked about other projects he was working on with Blumhouse. Carpenter said studio chief Jason Blum would be “rebooting The Thing,” before adding: “I’m involved with that, maybe. Down the road.” 

Carpenter declined to provide any additional details, including whether it’s a remake, sequel, or prequel.

Critically and commercially disregarded when it was originally released in 1982, Carpenter's horror film is now widely considered a classic of the genre and among the director’s best works. ("The movie was hated. Even by science-fiction fans," Carpenter once lamented about The Thing's initial reception. "They thought that I had betrayed some kind of trust, and the piling on was insane.")

The Thing, which stars Kurt Russell, Keith David, and the late Wilford Brimley, follows a team of researchers in Antarctica being stalked by a parasitic alien that can imitate the forms of other people and dogs...sort of. It was based on the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr. The story was previously adapted for the big screen in 1951 under the title The Thing From Another World (the film in John Carpenter’s Halloween the kids are watching as Laurie is babysitting). A prequel also called The Thing starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and directed by Matthijs van Heijningen was released in 2011 to middling critical and commercial success (Carpenter was not involved with the development of the van Heijningen film). 

After scoring a hit with 2018’s Halloween and gearing up to release the sequel next year — both of which involved Carpenter — Blumhouse is clearly keen to work with the filmmaker more. This, of course, is in addition to the studio bringing back Universal Pictures’ stable of classic monsters back to life.