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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins The Thing
Along with Joel Edgerton

08 February 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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The prequel to John Carpenter's stone-cold classic, The Thing continues to crawl undaunted - and, some might say, unbidden - towards our screens, and now it has two likely victims in the shape of Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton.

According to the Heat Vision Blog, Winstead, best known for Death Proof and set to be a geeky object of desire for more than just Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World later this year, has signed on to play a PhD candidate who travels with a Norwegian scientific team to Antarctica where an alien ship is found frozen in the ice.

Horrible deaths start to happen when the malevolent life form aboard the ship escapes, and Winstead’s scientist must join forces with tough guy helicopter pilot Edgerton to halt the chaos.

Edgerton hasn't got the breaks that some thought might have come his way after his brief turns in Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, where he played Owen Lars. But this could - could - see him bracketed with other Aussie leading men, like Sam Worthington, if it comes off. At the moment, we're just curious to see how similar the role is to Kurt Russell's MacReady, from the first film. We're guessing 'very' is the answer.

Matthijs Van Heijningen is the man orchestrating the chaos, working from a script by Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore and more recent writer Eric Heisserer.

Universal has booked space in Toronto for the film to start shooting next month. Can it compete with John Carpenter’s seminal 1982 take or Howard Hawks’ The Thing From Another World? We’ll find out next year…


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Excellent
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of my favourite actresses. Death Proof, Final Destination 3, Die Hard 4 etc were great and I'm looking forward to seeing her in this. People complaining should just ignore the remake. Ranting or moaning isn't going to stop the movie being made. I'm annoyed Scream 4 is being made, but I can';t stop it happening. More

Posted by planet_hollywood85 at 19:47 on 09 February 2010 | Report This Post

Great, its a bleeding teen slasher now. Doesn't anyone remember AVPR!? I enjoy Mary Elizabeth Winstead as much as the next man but she will ruin this film. More

Posted by erebus2218 at 12:42 on 09 February 2010 | Report This Post

Things ain't what they used to be.......
This sounds awful! How about carrying on with Carpenters movie? I would love to see a continuation of his movies end. Is Kurt the Thing or the black guy (sorry but cannot remember his name). Kurt is still a major movie star and would probably relish a return to one of his major characters. More

Posted by dididave at 22:17 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

Things ain't what they used to be.......
This sounds awful! How about carrying on with Carpenters movie? I would love to see a continuation of his movies end. Is Kurt the Thing or the black guy (sorry but cannot remember his name). Kurt is still a major movie star and would probably relish a return to one of his major characters. More

Posted by dididave at 22:17 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins The Thing
This sounds awful! How about carrying on with Carpenters movie? I would love to see a continuation of his movies end. Is Kurt the Thing or the black guy (sorry but cannot remember his name). Kurt is still a major movie star and would probably relish a return to one of his major characters. More

Posted by dididave at 22:14 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

Not to happy bout this
looks like its gonna turn into a teen slasher/alien/monster movie. Not a great way to go with JC's classic. More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 21:39 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

You got to be f**king kidding
Why is it called a prequel when it is clearly a remake? They arent setting it in 82. Its a remake. Will there be a Macready in it? I am betting there will be. They need the name and the title for trademark renewal. Use it or lose it. that is what prompted this remake I bet. More

Posted by Kelzu at 19:31 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

Continuity?
Where exactly does she fit in? She's not in the film reel they find... She's not one of the bodies. So that makes her the dog. As for Edgerton, I take it he has the undignified accidental grenade death at the start of the original, seeing as he's the pilot. This. Sounds. Toss. More

Posted by benlack at 16:48 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

I'm more concerned about the director..
Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. who as far as IMDB is concerned has only directed a 13 min short film, but has done quite a lot of other crew jobs. I don't want to be a hater, but nothing so far about this sounds good. You guys gonna listen to Garry? You gonna let him give the orders? I mean, he could BE one of those things! More

Posted by richithekiller at 14:21 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: That Thing, That Thing, That THI-III-ING.
Er well no not really. Winstead is quite legit but suffers from bein a bit of a looker. Same as Amber Heard. Also from what I recall from script reviews etc wasn't there always a female character in Moore's script?? More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 13:58 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

That Thing, That Thing, That THI-III-ING.
The casting of totty Mary Elizabeth Winstead just shows how John Carpenter's classic couldn't be made today without interfering studio suits fucking it up. Winstead is probably there to satisfy some female marketing "demographic." Yeah, whatever. I'll be stunned if this even a quarter as good as Carpenter's classic. They'd better use Ennio Morricone's electronic heartbeat score too, without it the movie will suffer. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:50 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

Please dont destroy the memories..............
I am such a fan of the original and i always hoped John Carpenter would make a sequel or indeed prequel but it will never be the same without jc on board. His music his lighting all his team ie Dean Cundy make his movies so i know its going to be ok at best.....but i will check it out anyway More

Posted by mclovin74 at 11:21 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

Some Thing's up
Why do I get the feeling that the studio took umbridge at Moore's script not having enough Americans in so got Heisserer to add some pretty young things in to please a certain demographic? The next announcement will surely be, surprise, it's in 3D! More

Posted by granny at 10:06 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

Why not go the whole hog and maker her a yummy single mummy, which seems to be a requirement in any sci-fi remake these days. More

Posted by UTB at 08:49 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

,
this already has PG13 written all over it,The thing RIP. More

Posted by seanofthedead at 07:08 on 08 February 2010 | Report This Post

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