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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to star in THE THING reboot

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
February 8th, 2010

This year, you're going to hear a lot of reboot stories and a lot of 3D stories. Here's a new reboot for ya. Universal has just hired Mary Elizabeth Winstead (DEATH PROOF, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD) to star in THE THING reboot. This thing will mark Winstead's first starring role. The film follows Winstead as "a Ph.D. candidate who joins a Norwegian research team in Antarctica after it discovers an alien ship in the ice. When a trapped organism is freed and begins a series of attacks, she is forced to team with a blue-collar mercenary helicopter pilot [Joel Edgerton] to stop the rampage."

This will be the third film about The Thing. The original movie was 1951's THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, which was directed by Howard Hawks, and then the famous remake, THE THING (1982), was helmed by John Carpenter. According to THR, both films took their inspiration from the 1938 short story, "Who Goes There?"

THE THING reboot was written by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer and has Matthijs Van Heijningen as its director. Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Strike Entertainment) are producing with a March 15th slated shooting date in Toronto.

How does everyone feel about this? Not going to lie, this is one reboot I'm pretty excited about. As angry as I was when Carpenter's HALLOWEEN got a reboot, I'm not as huge on THE THING, so a modern take on this terrifying film is interesting.

Source: THR

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