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THE THING prequel loses its release date to FAST FIVE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 14th, 2010

Coming out of New York Comic-Con, there were a few films that really caught my attention, one of them being the upcoming reboot/prequel of the legendary John Carpenter film, THE THING.

A remake itself, THE THING has become something of a classic in the world of both horror and sci-fi films, often considered one of the best of each respective genre. That said, after seeing a teaser for this hotly anticipated reboot, I must say, I’m quite excited to see it.

However, I won’t be able to see it on April 29, 2011. None of us will. Instead, we’re getting FAST FIVE.

The LA Times is reporting that Universal has shelved the Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.-directed THING prequel, in favor of the fifth film in the FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise. The kicker here is that the film didn’t receive a new release date, leaving many to wonder when we’ll be seeing it, and why the hell it’s been shelved.

Personally, while part of me wants to think that the film is being pushed to the summer due to its good buzz out of NYCC, if that was the case, we would have been given a release date. Also, summer 2011 is going to be the busiest summer season in recent memory, so it seems unlikely. That means this film just isn’t ready for its April release, which means it’s a lot further off than previously thought.  That said, I’m still really interested in seeing the film, hopefully it will be sooner, rather than later.

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