NEW THING - REMAKE OR SEQUEL?
Like most of you, Fango was disheartened to read about another unnecessary remake, this time a third take on THE THING, based on John W. Campbell Jr.?s story 'Who Goes There?' and previously filmed by producer Howard Hawks in 1951 and director John Carpenter in 1982. The Sci Fi Channel announced a four-hour THING miniseries recently, with no less than Frank (THE GREEN MILE) Darabont on board as an executive producer. But even with Darabont?a close friend of Carpenter?s?overseeing the cable version, what was the point? Both previous versions are acknowledged classics of sci-fi horror. Well, Fango has learned that this THING is not a remake after all. Sources close to the redux tell Fango that the new THING will be a sequel to the Carpenter film! It should be noted that, after the success of SCREAM in 1996, ?82 THING producer David Foster (returning for the miniseries) mulled over the idea of doing a new take on the story with a 'hip, young cast.' However, this approach is unlikely to be picked up for the 21st-century cable edition. Stay tuned.
Courtesy of Fangoria