Marc Abraham

SET VISIT: ‘The Thing’ Interview with Marc Abraham Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate Lloyd and Joel Edgerton as Sam Carter in The Thing In 1982 the master of horror and suspense, John Carpenter, brought us the now classic alien horror film The Thing starring Kurt Russell. While the movie has become a cult hit over the years it wasn't always that way. The film initially had a difficult time at the box office in part due to the fact that it was released two weeks after Steven Spielberg's juggernaut film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, who's friendly depiction of alien creatures held a stark contrast to the scary extra-terrestrials in Carpenter's movie. Not to mention that The Thing also opened on the same day as another classic sci-fi film, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner! None-the-less, the movie went onto gather a cult following, thanks to its eventual release on home video. The film has since been called "the scariest movie ever" by the Boston Globe and selected by Empire magazine as one of the five hundred greatest movies of all time. So in an age of reboots, re-imaginings, sequels and prequels, it only makes sense that Universal Pictures would decide to dive back into the cold with the frightening and out-of-this-world excitement of The Thing, a prequel to John Carpenter's original film.

The new movie, which is directed by Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and is scheduled for release next spring, takes place at the base camp of the Norwegian science-team that was briefly shown in the first film and is the place of origin for the alien trouble. The new movie follows paleontologist Katie Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as she travels to Antarctica to join the ill-fated Norwegian science-team, which has just discovered an alien spaceship buried in the ice. Inside the spacecraft is an extra-terrestrial organism that seems to have died decades ago but is actually just asleep and is now about to wake up. When the creature, which can take on the form of anything it touches, escapes from its frozen prison, Katie must join forces with the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), in order to stop the monster from killing them off one by one. In fact, the film promises to end right where the John Carpenter film began, giving fans an inside look at the events that led up to the first movie. Last June we had the opportunity to travel to the film's set in Toronto, Canada where we spoke to actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, producer Marc Abraham and even got a chance to tour the gigantic set and watch some of the filming.

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