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The Thing

  Tags: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, aliens, based on short story, creatures, Eric Heisserer, gore, Joel Edgerton, John Carpenter, Jonathan Lloyd Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, PREQUELS, Strike Entertainment, the thing, thing

Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists.

The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller "The Thing," paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

Creatures | Prequels

October 14, 2011
January 31, 2012 (DVD)
Now On DVD
Strike Entertainment
R "strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language."
Official Site

Matthijs Van Heijningen
Eric Heisserer
Ronald D. Moore
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Joel Edgerton
Dennis Storhøi
Trond Espen Seim
Jørgen Langhelle
Stig Henrik Hoff
Jan Gunnar Røise
Kristofer Hivju
Jo Adrian Haavind
Jonathan Lloyd Walker
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

  • Filmed in Toronto and British Columbia, Canada.
  • The film has received a delayed theatrical release to reshoot certain scenes and "enhance existing sequences or to make crystal clear a few story beats or to add punctuation marks to the film's feeling of dread."
  • Originally slated with an April 29th 2011 theatrical release.
  • Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, Black Christmas) stars.
  • Aussie actor Joel Edgerton (Smokin' Aces, Acolytes) plays a merc. helicopter pilot.
  • Strike Entertainment and the original 1982 film-version-producer David Foster will executive produce.
  • It's said that this film will borrow heavily from the original short story 'Who Goes There?' by John W. Campbell Jr., which was the basis of the 1982 John Carpenter film and the 1951 Howard Hawks original, The Thing From Another World
  • Co-scripted by Eric Heisserer and director Matthijs Van Heijningen.
  • Battlestar Galactica writer/exec-producer Ronald D. Moore scripted an earlier draft.
  • Set before the events that took place in John Carpenter's 1982 film.
  • Originally announced as a remake, but was later revealed to be a sequel that would air as a two-part four-hour mini-series on the SyFy Channel. It's now considered to be a prequel and "re-imagining" of the series.

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