First we had a novel “Who Goes There”, published in 1938. Then we had a brilliant (and one of my personal favorites) – John Carpenter’s “The Thing” made in 1982, one of the best horror movies ever, with special effects that stand out even by today’s standards.
In 2011, Hollywood decided it was time for a remake…or a prequel, doesn’t matter. They made another “Thing” which technically is a prequel to the 1982 film, but really looks like a remake to me (you can read the review on it here). Anyway, We had novel – original (1951) – remake (1982) – prequel. Is it time to think about a sequel? Even if not, we can still dream a little…
First idea. Sequel, story takes place shortly after MacReady and Childs get rescued. They are taken to some military base, where one of them (Childs, maybe) turns in the thing, and starts replicating everyone. MacReady has to pair up with the remaining soldiers (or some cute female doc) to kill the thing and save the rest of the people at the base. Others do not trust MacReady, as he behaves strange (which is up to the viewer to decide why), and they suspect him being another replica of the thing.
Second idea. Same as the first idea – story takes place shortly after MacReady and Childs get rescued. They are taken to some military base, where one of them (Childs, maybe) turns in the thing, and starts replicating everyone. In the middle of all this chaos, MacReady, who once again, has to battle the thing pairs up with Kate Lloyd, who got saved too, and ended up at the same base. So, in this idea, the leads from both “Things” are paired up to battle the ultimate, shape-changing enemy.
Third idea. Story takes place in our time, decades later, where scientists are conducting experiments in a secret research lab. The research is being funded by a private source (maybe a millionaire or something), and the rest Hollywood can figure out themselves. The point of this idea – get the Thing out of the isolated area (remote antarctic lab) and put it into the “urban jungles” so to speak, and see how people would have to fight it then.
Fourth idea. Not really an idea, but a few more thoughts on The Thing itself – it would have been interesting, in my opinion, to see/show how the thing mates, or behaves differently, in other words – to somehow expand this creature, to make it multi-dimentional (not just replicate and kill). And also, it would have been cool to see how a mutated/replicated thing behaves (the half human – half thing creature), what it does, how it sees real humans, how it looks at the surrounding environment, etc. The real “shapeless” thing concept should be kept, but the replicated mutant thing should be exploited more.
If you have any other ideas on how the third possible “Thing” movie should be made, feel free to put it all in the comments.
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