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Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Thing prequel names writer/director...

Dread Central reports that Universal has hired Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore to script and Matthijs Van Heijningen, Jr. to direct their prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic, The Thing...

From the Variety article (via Dread Central):

"[The] new project borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell, Jr., short story 'Who Goes There', the basis of the Carpenter film and Howard Hawks' 1951 original The Thing From Another World.

It is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp. Strike Entertainment's Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. David Foster will be exec producer.

Van Heijningen has shot blurbs for brands including Toyota, Pepsi, Heineken, Bud Light and Visa. He is also developing Army of the Dead at Warner Bros. with producer Zack Snyder, who also crossed from commercials to features by directing the Strike-produced Dawn of the Dead remake.

(Thanks to Dread Central)

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