Friday, November 26, 2010
Universal has set a date for "The Thing" prequel, planning to release the horror pic on Oct. 14.
The film was originally set for an April 29 release, but the studio decided to remove it from that slot and replace it with the next installment in the "Fast and the Furious" series, "Fast Five."
The schedule change will allow for reshoots to enhance existing sequences. And given the film's horror elements, a release closer to Halloween could be a better fit.
Based on director John Carpenter's 1982 horror pic that starred Kurt Russell and was itself a remake of 1951's "The Thing From Another World," the latest version is again set in Antarctica and follows a group of U.S. scientists on an expedition who discover an alien spaceship with a frozen "thing" found nearby. When the team decides to drill into it in order to study it, the organism is set loose and begins attacking the team.