Joel Edgerton discusses new Thing

“It has a lot of curious links and snaps of the old movie”

 

With production on Matthijs van Heijningen’s new Thing movie officially in full swing, star of the show Joel Edgerton has been discussing what we can expect from the flick.

While out promoting the release of The Square, directed by his brother Nash, Edgerton had a chat with Shock Til You Drop about the film, which is going under the simple working title The Thing.

First up, he confirmed that it’s definitely “a prequel”, with the Norwegian base at the film’s centre “modelled on the base you see in the [John] Carpenter film”.

“Being a prequel you’ll see a lot of tie-ins as to how the base comes to be the way it is in the Carpenter film,” he says. “Being so destroyed, and that evidence you see in the Carpenter film, we’ll get a glimpse into that.”

Edgerton goes on to say that the prequel can stand entirely on its own for the three people out there who haven’t seen Carpenter’s masterful version, but there are sly winks for those who have seen and love it.

“This film will stand up as a story,” he confirms. “For anyone who has not seen the original, it will just be a self-contained film, but it also has a lot of curious links and snaps of the old movie for the people who are fans or are familiar with the Carpenter movie.”

In terms of his director’s ambition, the actor reveals that van Heijningen’s not “trying to reinvent the [Carpenter] film, he’s certainly not trying to eclipse the film”. Neither, apparently, is he trying to remake it.

“What Universal and Matthijs are trying to do is make a partner piece to The Thing,” says Edgerton, “while also reinventing the aspect of - modern filmmaking has come a long way - so I guess they’re paying respect to the original while bringing a new time and different [approach] without throwing away what they did in the past.”

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    • ChrisWootton

      Apr 6th 2010, 12:46

      I already feel disappointed

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    • bowz88

      Apr 6th 2010, 13:01

      lets hope they get the special effects right, a cgi thing would not be right

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    • DanielMcA

      Apr 12th 2010, 23:21

      "In terms of his director’s ambition, the actor reveals that van Heijningen’s not “trying to reinvent the [Carpenter] film, he’s certainly not trying to eclipse the film”. Neither, apparently, is he trying to remake it." I like this guy - he has zero ambition, he really couldn't give a f**k.

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    • davidleach2000

      Apr 8th 2011, 15:43

      By why do this in the first place? We already know what the outcome is going to be. The Thing is discovered, escapes, kills everyone and escapes. It's pointless, it brings nothing new to the table. And there's no Rob Bottin. Why see this?

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