Blumhouse and Universal are tackling a new version of The Business, which won’t be connected to the last three feature films.
Instead of remaking the original film or John Carpenter’s remake in the 1980s they’ll instead look to a recently uncovered and unpublished manuscript version of John W. Campbell Jr.’s published novella Who Goes There? titled Frozen Hell which would allow a slightly different take on the material given there will be a lot more to work with.
“The movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it’s being fast-tracked.”
“In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity. The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter’s iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951). The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell’s original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication. The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered.”
However, details have yet to be revealed and who will be writing and directing the new film.
John Carpenter’s cult-classic horror flick The Thing took its cues from that original novella Who Goes There? rather than original film adaptation The Thing From Another World from 1951.
Universal Pictures had previously attempted a soft-reboot prequel back in 2011 focusing on the mysterious Norwegian camp from Carpenter’s original film which notoriously painted muddy CGI over the practical effects.
This behind the scenes drama was more interesting than the film itself which turned out to be a paint-by-numbers rehash of that Carpenter film.
Hopefully, Universal realized their mistake and puts the extra effort to bring back the tangible in-camera practical effects.
Blumhouse recently took over the Halloween franchise and is giving The Invisible Man an R-rated reboot.