A re-make of the movie The Thing (previously done in 1951 and 1982) is coming out October 14th.

An indicator of fearful times?

The 1951 version played on Cold War paranoia. The movie is based on a 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" which has been rated one of the best science fiction stories ever written.

Here is the website for the 2011 movie version.

"Who Goes There? has been adapted three times as a motion picture. The Thing from Another World (1951), with James Arness as the Thing, Kenneth Tobey as the USAF officer, and Robert O. Cornthwaite as the lead scientist, was a rather loose adaptation. Its 1982 remake The Thing by director John Carpenter, from a Bill Lancaster screenplay, stuck more closely to Campbell's original story. Prior to John Carpenter's involvement, William F. Nolan, author of Logan's Run, wrote a Who Goes There? screen treatment for Universal Studios in 1978, not published until 2009 in the Rocket Ride Books edition of Who Goes There? Nolan's alternate take on Campbell's story downplays monster elements in favor of an "imposter" theme, in a vein similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. A third adaptation, also called The Thing, is due for release in 2011 and serves as a prequel to the events of Carpenter's film."

Here is the original story by John W Campbell.


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