Blumhouse, Universal Plan New “The Thing”

Blumhouse Universal Plan New The Thing

Blumhouse and Universal Studios are teaming for “Frozen Hell,” a new version of the original story that yielded both Howard Hawks’ 1951 feature “The Thing from Another World” and John Carpenter’s iconic 1982 film “The Thing”.

Both films, and the 2011 prequel to the Carpenter movie, all tie back to “Who Goes There?” – a 1938 novella penned by John W. Campbell Jr. for Astounding Science Fiction magazine.

In 2018, John Betancourt announced the discovery of “Frozen Hell,” an expanded and never-before-seen novel-length version of the story. It seems Campbell’s novella was actually an abridged version of an original novel he wrote which had to be shortened for publication – losing a bunch of backstory and context in the process.

As a result, the original manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades. Betancourt took to Kickstarter to fund the release of the novel – a story that deals with a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity.

This week, Betancourt and producer Alan Donnes offered an update on the fully-funded project. Betancourt says on Kickstarter: “The movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it’s being fast-tracked.”

Donnes said in a now apparently hidden Facebook post: “It’s official. I received my signed contract and first check. I am executive producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell’s groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades. Now, for the first time ever, Campbell’s full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO’s ‘The Thing from Another World,’ John Carpenter’s classic ‘The Thing’ and both books, ‘Frozen Hell’ and ‘Who Goes There?'”.

Source: Bloody Disgusting