It looks like The Thing prequel is finally happening.
The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog announced Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton as the first two cast members of the follow-up to John Carpenter's landmark 1982 creature-feature.
Winstead (who's appeared in genre pics Black Xmas, Final Destination 3 and Death Proof) will play 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 (Edgerton) to stop the rampage.
Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing from a script by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing.
Carpenter's version of The Thing was in fact a remake of Howard Hawks 1951's film The Thing From Another World, which was inspired by the 1938 short story, "Who Goes There?"
Shooting begins March 15th in Toronto.
Source: THR Heat Vision Blog