John Carpenter Teases ‘The Thing’ Return

by | Aug 24, 2020

At the weekend, the international film festival Fantasia’s held a virtual award ceremony, where the gave out their very first virtual Cheval Noir Award to legendary master of horror John Carpenter. The film director and producer chatted for an hour, taking fans questions and talking about his movies and music. Tony Timpone, the co-director of international programming, hosted the show and at one point, turned the conversation over to Carpenter working 
Jason Blum and if he would be doing more of his own films with Blumhouse (after the huge success of the Halloween reboot in 2019)? Carpenter said

“I have. I don’t know about that… but we talked about… I think he’s gonna be working on The Thing… rebooting The Thing. I may be involved with that. Maybe. Down the road.”

When asked if it would be a re-make or a reboot

“I’m not telling you.. I’m not going to tell you!”

We reported back in January, that Blumhouse had picked up the rights to an extend version of John W. Campbell, Jr’s novella Who Goes There? which was discovered just recently. This Novella was the source of both the 1951 film adaption The Thing from Another World and Carpenters 1982 effort, The Thing. The extended story would dramatically change the scope of the story, whilst producer Alan Donnes promises that…

The new film will include the very best of RKO’s THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter’s classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?

So it sounds like Carpenter is at least considering taking the big chair for the new film, maybe they will even find a  way of tying it into his existing films, such as Halloween (2019) did. After all, a successful formula should be repeated.  

You can check out the full video below, but skip to the 27 minute mark for this brief conversation. 

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