‘The Thing’ Reboot In The Works From Blumhouse And John Carpenter

It used to be that people had a real problem with so many horror remakes. And for good reason, it seemed like we were getting a new one all of the damn time. But those complaints have quieted since Blumhouse started redoing classics of the genre, with Halloween and The Invisible Man both top-notch flicks that killed at the box office. They’re not done, as John Carpenter’s The Thing is next on their list, with the master filmmaker on board to assist.

During his Fantasia Fest panel recently, Carpenter was asked (via Variety) about teaming up with Jason Blum and Blumhouse on another project, as he did with the recent Halloween film that turned out to be a gigantic hit…

“I have? I don’t know about that,” Carpenter responded. “But we’ve talked about – I think he’s going to be working on The Thing, rebooting The Thing. I’m involved with that, maybe. Down the road.”

Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing is considered a horror classic, but it too is a remake of the 1951 film about a team of scientists at an Arctic base who come under attack from a parasitic plant-based alien creature. A 2011 prequel starring Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and without Carpenter’s involvement, failed to launch a franchise as Universal hoped, so they’re going back to the well, this time giving the reins to Blumhouse who have a proven track record.

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