Heijningen Directs “Thing” Prequel

Dutch helmer Matthijs van Heijningen (“The Black Meteor,” “The Ball”) is tipped to be helming Strike and Universal Pictures prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror/sci-fi classic “The Thing” says Bloody Disgusting.

Heijningen is pushing to make the lead character in his prequel the brother of the original film’s lead character R.J. Macready (Kurt Russell). In the original an American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog.

The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over.

“Battlestar Galactica” showrunner Ronald D. Moore penned the prequel which is said to take place from the Norwegian camp’s point of view. Heijningen is also attached to direct “Army of the Dead”.