If you’re feeling a slight chill on this summer night, it may be because THE THING is slowly creeping onto the movie scene, taking the shape of a teaser poster from Universal Pictures as debuted on the movie’s official Facebook page. The prequel tells the tale of the ill-fated Norwegian science team which first discovers the shape-shifting alien in the frozen expanses of Antarctica, leading up to the action of John Carpenter’s taut, paranoid horror film from 1982 starring Kurt Russell.
This origin story of THE THING stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (GRINDHOUSE), Joel Edgerton (REVENGE OF THE SITH), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LOST), Eric Olsen (COMMUNITY), Ulrich Thomsen and Trond Espen Seim. Matthijs van Heijningen directs the script by Ronald D. Moore (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and Eric Heisserer for producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (DAWN OF THE DEAD).
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she 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 crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.
The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).
THE THING opens in theaters October 14, 2011.