"The Thing" Reboot in the Works, Carpenter Involved
Keep in mind, this was confirmed as a sort of tangent to something else. This past Saturday, John Carpenter was on a panel for the Fantasia International Film Festival. While he was discussing finishing the score to Halloween Kills (Which will be directed by David Gordon Green), he confirmed that he might be working on another project with Blumhouse, the studio producing the new Halloween films. At the panel, when Carpenter was asked if he had talked with Blumhouse head Jason Blum about directing any projects himself, Carpenter revealed in conjunction a project he will be working on with them...based on his classic 1982 film The Thing:
“I have? I don’t know about that. 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 original 1982 film (Which in turn was a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World), followed an Antarctic research team facing off and attempting to contain a parasitic alien life form that can imitate other people. The reboot is reportedly still in early stages, and no other details have been hammered out. In fact, given how broad his quote was, it could be a remake, another prequel like the 2011 Universal film (Which had no creative involvement from Carpenter and was poorly received), or a more logical sequel set years after the events of Carpenter’s film. Like the titular creature, the reboot could really take any form. Stay tuned!