Remake of The Thing to be based upon new material from original author

Here we go … again. Another remake upon a remake. It’s horror, so another familiar face, Blumhouse, is involved.

Sacrilege! That was my first reaction to the news of trying to soft reboot and retell …

The Thing (1982) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece, which is based on The Thing from Another World (1951), the black and white adaptation that has its own 50s eerieness … both are adaptations from a novella by John W. Campbell Jr.

Most recently they tried with a prequel to The Thing 2011 and that version flopped (I haven’t seen it yet). I’m not a fan of prequels in general. We know what’s happening, so it takes a lot of wind from the sails of the story. Alas, this is what they do in Hollywood, they would rather try to cash in on known properties versus taking chances on adapting or telling new stories.

Then I learned there was literally more to the original story. A recently unearthed novel-length version of the classic novella Who Goes There? by John Campea, Jr. called Frozen Hell. Hmm.

Back in 2018, John Betancourt announced the discovery of a novel-length version of the classic novella, and he took to Kickstarter to fund the release of the novel, titled Frozen Hell.

Universal and Blumhouse Developing New Version of ‘The Thing’ That Will Adapt Long Lost Original Novel! – Bloody Disgusting

Betancourt is working on a sequel. I was intrigued by who found the original draft by Campbell? Wikipedia had the answer:

In 2018, it was found that Who Goes There? was actually a shortened version of a larger novel previously written by Campbell. The expanded manuscript (including an entirely different opening), titled Frozen Hell, was found in a box of manuscripts sent by Campbell to Harvard University. The discovery was made by author and biographer Alec Nevala-Lee, during his research on a biography of Campbell and other authors

Wikipedia: Who Goes There?

The question is if Campbell himself who became an editor never saw fit to release the expanded version, is it worthwhile? Just because a longer version exists, doesn’t mean the story ever needed to be longer. Maybe the editing to the classic novella was best as is.

The Thing (1982) by John Carpenter

This is what new movies based on older properties seem to chase. Usually unwisely, because the vast majority of remakes despite some making money, are pale imitations to earlier, better movies.

This all leaves me with more questions than answers, but there is some curiosity.

The Thing From Another World (1951) boasts an “electrifying” monster

Will the new screenplay follow Frozen Hell? The early reports are that this is the plan. It could deviate further, which is my suspicion, thus using Campbell’s original manuscript as a marketing tactic instead of a legitimate need to revisit and use the story.

2 thoughts on “Remake of The Thing to be based upon new material from original author

  1. Yeah, I also wish Hollywood would kill the trend of unnecessary sequels and reboots. If all else fails and I become a independent filmmaker, I will attempt to influence more original stories.

    Also, I talked about this briefly on my January Quiz, and the results are now attached to it as well now! Only one of my passengers, Chris, commented his answers, but it ain’t that much of a biggie.

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