A New Version Of The Thing Is In Development At Universal And Blumhouse

When someone asks me, ‘what’s your favourite movie of all time’ (which people often do when I tell them I write about film), one of the films that I think about is John Carpenter’s The Thing.

I love The Thing and think it’s a masterpiece of horror cinema, and just cinema in general.

John Carpenter’s film was unlike anything I had ever seen before and still holds up to this day, mainly thanks to its use of practical effects as opposed to the CGI dross we tend to get today.

They made a remake a few years back, in 2011 to be exact, and it was terrible and nowhere near as good as the 1982 version.

However, Carpenter’s film was itself a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World.

Both these movies are adaptations of the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr.

It’s now been revealed that Blumhouse and Universal Studios are working on a new version of The Thing, but this movie is going to be adapted from another source material.

Back in 2018, John Betancourt announced the discovery of a novel-length version of the classic novella.

He then started a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the release of the novel, which is called Frozen Hell.

The Thing is getting another remake, but a slightly different one than before

Kurt Russell in The Thing

Kurt Russell in The Thing – Credit: Universal Studios

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Betancourt explained, “In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity.

“The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter’s iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951).

“The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell’s original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication.

“The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered.”

This novel is now going to be made into a new movie with Blumhouse and Universal Studios producing.

“The movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it’s being fast-tracked,” Betancourt explained.

Frozen Hell is a great name for a new The Thing movie


John Carpenter’s The Thing in a horror classic – Credit: Universal Studios

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This was him expanding upon an announcement that was made by producer Alan Donnes over on Facebook this past Friday.

Donnes wrote: “It’s OFFICIAL! I received my signed contract and first check! I am Executive Producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell’s groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades.

“Now, for the first time ever, Campbell’s full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO’s THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter’s classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?

This sounds very interesting indeed and I cannot wait to see how this is all going to play out.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to a new version of The Thing?

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