'The Thing' Panel.
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (center), starring Eric Christian Olsen (far right), Joel Edgerton (far Left), Ulrich Thomsen (2nd from left), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (3rd from left). The remaining two gentlemen are producers.
Can you spot Mr. Eko? (hint: he’s the black one). The Thing is the upcoming prequel to John Carpenters 1980s horror flick, starring the above and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim) who was getting married yesterday. It follows the origin of the Thing, when it was first uncovered by a group of scientists in Norway. The movie recreates identical set pieces to Carpenter’s and takes place directly before hand timelinewise in the 1980s. Technically this is not a remake.
Footage: They treated the audience to a world premiere teaser trailer. Which doesn’t give much outside of your typical horror trailer tropes. Cut to black, people looking scared, running, etc. Though there was some cool footage of a drill digging into the ice which houses the Thing.
Panel Discussion: It was a fun if not a bit dry panel, though many interesting facts were gleaned. When asked why it was given the same title if it was a prequel they said that they hope to avoid the “colon” issue and not name it The Thing: Something. The monster is practical, they avoided CG as much as possible, it will also be seen in its “original” form. Elements of the original film’s score will be used for this one. A B Team crew shot some of the the same British Columbian locations where Carpenter shot his original. The original research camp is reconstructed in this film detail by detail.
The highlights of this panel were definitely Adewale (Mr. Eko) and Eric Christian Olsen (Community, Not Another Teen Movie). Olsen’s super funny and seized the moment to make faces and interject comments. Adewale provided the best quote of all, when asked to talk about his character he said, “I’m the only black guy in this movie. You’re not going to miss me.”
Bottom line, the more you know about the original the more likely you are to appreciate this prequel. Out April 29, 2011.