Ain't no "Thing" - the frozen alien prequel has no release date

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Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing has gone from an April 29, 2011 release date to no release date at all. Universal claims the film's not ready. Sorry, alien head-spider fans.

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In other news, Universal is also tabling such hotly experimental projects as the Michael Bay-produced "Ouija" (a movie about a, uh, Ouija board) and the Taylor Lautner Stretch Armstrong film. The studio hopes to get the Ouija flick out by Thanksgiving 2012, and we won't see Stretch Armstrong until 2013. Still no word on whether we'll ever see a Crossfire film go into production.

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[L.A. Times]

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JudasAsparagus
JudasAsparagus

Any word as to why the prequel won't be ready? If the decision was made in editing (meaning the original footage was too shoddy to be reworked in a theatre-worthy movie) it may go straight to DVD.

My hope is that the decision was market-driven, delayed indefinitely by studio execs who are concerned by the saturation of the big screen with alien freak shows.