"The Thing" is an iconic film, and like many genre fans it's a pretty important one for me (the John Carpenter take, anyhow). I was dismayed to hear of a remake being greenlit, but I had a little more faith when I head Ronald D. Moore (creator of the excellent "Battlestar Galactica" reimagined series) was writing it as a prequel instead of a remake.
Then it comes out that his script is being re-written by Eric Heisserer, who wrote the final script of the upcoming "Nightmare On Elm Street" reboot. This interview with Heisserer makes me a lot more comfortable with all that, and gives me hope that the "Thing" prequel will be awesome in its own right and also respect the Carpenter film. Here's a quote:
“We’re finding so much from Carpenter’s movie that you think you’ve seen, but it actually allows us to come up with certain twists on what we have that will allow people to be on the edge of their seat, and not know who’s going to make it and who’s not.”
First "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and now "The Thing"? I feel like Heisserer is getting to third base on the first date! Let's hope he knows what he's doing.