Hopefully most of you are aware (if you're not here you go) that Carpenter's sci-fi flick The Thing, and it's predecessor- Christian Nyby's 1951 film The Thing From Another World- were based on a short story.
'Who Goes There?' was written by John W. Campbell Jr. & first published in 1938. Back in 2018, John Betancourt announced the discovery of a novel-length version of the story. He then took to kickstarter to fund the release of it, under the new title 'Frozen Hell'.
As his kickstarter page explains-
"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 The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered. Frozen Hell expands the Thing story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to an already incredible tale. We are pleased and honored to offer Frozen Hell to you now, as Campbell intended it."
Now Betancourt revealed the news via an update on the kickstarter page announcing the movie "will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it's being fast-tracked." Producer Alan Donnes unveiled the plans on his Facebook Page .
"I am Executive Producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell's groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades. Now, for the first time ever, Campbell's full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO's THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter's classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There?"
Don't know about you guys but I'm excited about this. An expanded version of The Thing...what more could we ask for?
Picture credit- Universal Pictures