The idea came from the guys who remade Dawn Of The Dead...
Whilst every other Hollywood announcement seems to include the words “Remake” or “Reboot” these days, Universal’s plans to dust off much-loved horror classic The Thing has been an especially controversial one, particularly given the apparent cynicism behind the project.¬
Reeling from a string of commercial flops including The Wolfman and Green Zone, the studio approached production company Strike Entertainment with a list of potential projects to remake into a safe, commercial hit. The Thing was the title that apparently ticked all the boxes.
Strike’s Marc Abraham told the LA Times that, “Universal basically came to us and said, 'Everyone is remaking everything, what do we have that might be good?’”
Okay, so it’s an approach that hardly filled us with enthusiasm, but it’s old news that movie studios are always on the lookout for a safe bet. And Strike do at least have a decent track record when it comes to breathing new life into an old franchise.
Abraham and his production partner Eric Newman were the men behind Zack Snyder’s 2004 update of Dawn Of The Dead, a surprisingly non-crap remake that successfully amped up the gore-levels without losing any of the original’s claustrophobic charm.
And the pair are definitely setting the bar high when it comes to their expectations for The Thing. “One of our all-time favorite films is Ridley Scott's Alien, " said Abraham. “It's elegant, really scary and has characters that you care about. In a way, it's our model for this project, which gives us an opportunity to try to do something cool.”
Sounds like they can talk the talk, but is their version a remake, a reboot or what?