Would You Watch A The Thing Prequel Even If Most of It Was In A Foreign Language?

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New tidbits about The Thing prequel, starting filming, have surfaced, and they're making us a bit nervous. Can this reimagining live up to Carpenter's work? Will it hold up to the snowy alien greatness, even in a foreign language?


LA Times</em> has a very interesting article about Universal's next big film endeavor, The Thing prequel. And while most people shudder at the mere mention of remakes, reboots or prequels, we all know that John Carpenter's film was in fact a "remake" of sorts. Still, that doesn't help ease our nerves.

The Times piece says the Thing prequel has been greenlit, and starts filming next week. Universal is counting on it to helip end the studio's losing streak, with loss-making films like The Wolfman and Land Of The Lost. And there are a few new details about the film. As we previously mentioned, everything takes place before the original alien attack on the American snow base:

-"We go back to that original Norwegian camp and try to figure out what happened. It's like a crime scene, with an ax in the door, and the audience gets to be the detective, trying to piece together what horrible things have occurred." Explains producer Marc Abraham.


The article then revealed that most of the film, which takes place on that Norwegian base, will be in Norwegian with subtitles, which frightens us to no end.

In their quest for authenticity — and with an eye toward helping the film play overseas — the cast is populated with actors from Australia, England, Canada and Norway. In fact, a majority of the Norwegian scientists in the film are played by Norwegian actors, who will play their scenes in Norwegian, with English subtitles.

Also, this new endeavor will have a shoe-string budget. Which doesn't actually bother us that much, seeing as District 9 was made for around the same amount of money, and it was still great.

Finally, we learn that it was Zack Snyder who pointed the studio towards commercial director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. Whose work sounds flashy and intriguing, but does it have any soul? No matter how much gore and violence was in Carpenter's film, it was the tension, and the overall soul of the characters in the film, that kept you going.


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That prospect is... completely not frightful, in fact.

I mean, English is not exactly my first language and I spend my evening on io9 reading weird science articles in a foreign language. I listen to foreign songs. I watch way too much foreign television. For the Flying Monster's sake, I even go to English Wikipedia!

I say, it's due time for Americans to face the horrid truth: English isn't the only language on Earth and some movies are even good while not spoken in it.

(Side note: I think that the author of this actually good article meant that "The Thing" is a monument of genre cinema and, by many ways, a typically American horror flick. A good one. Making a half-Norwegian sequel of it is, although interesting, just a wee bit absurd)