Director attached to The Thing prequel?

John Carpenter’s classic looks set to become a franchise

Relatively unknown director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr is in talks to direct The Thing prequel for Universal Pictures, inside sources have claimed.

The director, currently attached to Zack Synder’s Army Of The Dead, is looking to make a movie set before the John Carpenter classic, according to Bloody-Disgusting.

The Thing prequel will apparently follow the ordeals of the Norwegian research camp, seen briefly in the first flick.

Keeping it in the (Macready) family

It looks like Heijningen is also pushing for the lead character to have a direct link to the 1982 movie. The director is keen to make the protagonist the brother of R.J Macready, the character played by Kurt Russell.

Sounds like an awful idea to us. Hopefully it’s either nothing more than a rumour or will be thrown out during development. We’ll keep you posted.


    • gerry026

      Jan 17th 2009, 11:37

      "Sounds like an awful idea to us." Agree.

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    • thedarkknight

      Jan 19th 2009, 8:53

      Bad idea.

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    • NickyC

      Jan 19th 2009, 9:50

      Agreed. Worst idea ever. Macready isn't Norwegian and you'd think he would have been concerned if his brother had gone missing. It totally wouldn't tie in with the original. But without this awful idea, the movie itself could be pretty special, no?

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    • Deeko

      Mar 10th 2009, 22:47

      Hard to say. I like the prequel idea, but the MacReady brother thing sounds really stupid. All in all, prob best to leave a Classic alone, tbf!

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