There might only be $38 million to play with, but a large proportion of that has been allocated to making the Thing look as creepy as possible. However, anyone fearing a shonky CGI-based creature will be relieved to know that the effects will be closer to Carpenter’s schlock and gore than your typical modern horror movie.
“When I came on board, I said I’m not going to write this if it’s going to be a CGI-fest,” Eric Heisserer told i09.com. “This has to be practical, this has to be an old school creature, as real as possible. Whatever CGI stuff it's going to have, has to be as good as or better than that. We can't get away with computer generated FX in this type of film.”
Good news then, and even more encouraging is the decision to hand responsibility for the look of the Thing to Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics. If the names don’t ring any bells, they’re the chaps behind such creature-feature luminaries as the Alien, Predator and the giant worms from Tremors.
Quite the track record then, which is just as well given how iconic the FX in the Carpenter film were. If anyone is up to recreating that classic creature-feature feel, these two are.