When is a stupid Hollywood remake not necessarily a stupid Hollywood remake? No, the answer is not, "When it's ajar." The answer is, "When you've got one of the greatest contemporary genre talents attached to the remake."
Such might be the case with John Carpenter's "The Thing," which we've long known would be getting the reboot treatment. An update from Production Weekly reveals that the movie — set to be a prequel to Carpenter's horror classic — will shoot in Toronto from March until June.
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is the film's director, and he's not the talent that has my hopes up in the clouds. That distinction belongs to Ronald Moore, the creator of the "Battlestar Galactica" relaunch and the subsequent, soon-to-begin "Caprica" TV series, who is also the man responsible for the screenplay for "The Thing." Before Moore's script was ultimately reworked by Eric Heisserer, the scribe behind the upcoming remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the story allegedly dealt with events that occurred prior to Carpenter's film.
Now, I'm not typically one to advocate for reboots or prequels — as an avid "Alien" fan, for instance, I'm pretty unenthusiastic about Ridley Scott's upcoming return — but I think I can make some concessions here. "Battlestar" is one of the greatest television works of the previous decade and that's largely due to Moore's incredibly creative and focused vision. By the very nature of "Battlestar," Moore is a proven talent when it comes to remaking beloved properties. On top of that, "The Thing" is already a remake in and of itself, so maybe some special exception where "remakes of remakes are okay" should be allowed here.
All that enthusiasm might be curbed, however, if Heisserer's work on the script completely overhauled everything that Moore set out to accomplish. That happens a decent amount in Hollywood. Right now, there's really no telling whether or not that's the case with "The Thing."
What I do know is this — if "The Thing" has a cast of characters who are even half as expertly written as William Adama, Laura Roslin and Saul Tigh, I'm happily along for the ride.
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