Antarctica Terror 1982: ‘The Thing’ Prequel Opens Next Year (VIDEO)

Thething-bluelogotext-simplenewtsr Antarctica, winter 1982. The team on an American research base get surprised by a couple of mad Norwegians who is chasing a dog with a helicopter, trying to kill it. All the Norwegians are killed and the Americans are left with nothing, but a dog, a couple of bodies and questions. That's the beginning of John Carpenter's originla epic horror/thriller film.

The Thing will be returning to the bottom of the world in the form of a prequel directed by Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Universal is currently this shooting up in Toronto and has just set a very early April 29th, 2011 release date next year (via ComingSoon). According to, either they're making a bold move by launching this one week before the summer (when Marvel's Thor hits), or they just think it'll play well all summer. 

The Thing is being directed by first-time feature filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street) & Ronald D. Moore (of "Battlestar Galactica" fame). The film is set in Antarctica and takes place as a prequel to The Thing of 1982. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. A trailer coming our way soon…

The Thing 1982 Trailer

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