John Carpenter wants to make a sequel to The Thing
John Carpenter hasn’t made a new film in 12 years. His last film project to hit theaters was the little horror film The station. It grossed about half of its $10 million budget and came and went very quickly. Since then, Carpenter has worked on music, both for films and albums, developing several projects that never quite came together.
At 74, there’s some concern that Carpenter has unofficially retired from filmmaking, and The station maybe the last film we’ll ever get from him. But he has at least a few ideas about doing new projects. In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter about the new 4K edition of his Escape from LA — Carpenter was asked if there were any other films from his filmography that he wished had a sequel. And as it turns out, there is.
“I would like to do a sequel the thingor a sequel, something like that,” Carpenter said THR. “But I do not know. You see, there are a lot of things in this world that I don’t know.”
Carpenter the thing was released in 1982 and told the story of a shape-shifting alien who systematically assimilates the members of a team of scientists at a remote outpost in Antarctica. The film wasn’t a hit when it was first released, but over time it has become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-loved horror films of the 1980s – if not the entire history of cinema. As its reputation grew, it began receiving a variety of add-on products and follow-ups. There were comics and board games and a 2002 video game that acted as a sequel to Carpenter’s film (with Carpenter’s approval). In 2011, Universal released a prequel film, also called the thingwhich showed the alien reaching the Antarctic outpost.
an actual one thing A movie sequel never happened though, and I have to imagine every single horror fan on the planet would be excited at this news if Carpenter chose to direct it himself. Given Carpenter’s well-documented reluctance to embark on a new project for the past twelve years, I remain skeptical that this will ever happen. But it would be mighty cool if it were.
The 4K version of Escape from LA will be available tomorrow.
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