New “Thing” Helmer Confirmed

Variety has confirmed reports that commercials director Matthijs van Heijningen will direct a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror-thriller “The Thing”.

“Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ron Moore will pen the script which borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story that Carpenter and Howard Hawks’ original 1951 film “The Thing From Another World” were based on.

This version is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp. Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing.