January 31, 2009

Dirty Harry, The Musical?
Plus: The Thing Prequel

— Ace

It's actually Magnum Force.

Magnum Force, the 1973 sequel to the Clint Eastwood thriller Dirty Harry, is getting a musical makeover and may even be Broadway bound, according to The Guardian. English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, an admitted Magnum Force obsessive, will compose the score and intends to produce the show with MTV executive Bill Flanagan....

And finally we'll get that sequel to The Thing. Sorta. It's a prequel focusing on the Swedes Norwegians who were attacked just prior to the discovery of the Thing by the Americans and MacReady.

Which is kinda not a good idea, for the same reason the Star Wars prequels weren't a good idea: We already know pretty much what happened, don't we. The end of The Thing was a bit unexpected, with the implication that both surviving heroes actually die. (Actually, not quite so clear, as many speculate at least one is a Thing, and further wonder if they did die after all.)

On the other hand, we know (sorta) that the entirety of the Norwegian base is destroyed and all hands killed. While it's possible a couple of Norgies got away on a dog-sled, they didn't make it to the nearest base over the following days, so even if they "escaped," they die in the snow. Just like MacReady and Childs. The unexpected ending of the first movie is the utterly-expected (well-nigh required) ending of the sequel.


Plus... who cares if some fucking Scandis die? Where is the drama? Plus, wouldn't all the Scandis being killed be too upbeat and life-affirming an ending for the Thing franchise?

Anyway... this should set some geek hearts a-pumpin':

Studio has set "Battlestar Galactica" exec producer Ron Moore to write the script and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen to direct the re-imagining.


Thanks to Ray Midge for the last.

I'll Say It: I want MacReady back. Just like in Aliens, paid to advise a squad hunting what they think might be another Thing outbreak.

I guess that would be controversial, given that the ending of the first movie pretty much said he died. And that resurrecting him would kind of cheapen that.

Then again, one can escape from Antarctica. Shackleton did it. Why not MacReady?

Okay, okay. They're not going to bring MacReady back. Still, the movie should be a sequel set after the events of the first film, not a prequel.

Ah: Reading more about Shackleton's feat, I see he managed it before winter set on the already frigid continent. The Thing makes it clear that they are already in the winter (albeit "first week of fuckin' winter," I think).


Posted by: Ace at 01:00 PM | Comments (92)
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1 Why must liberals ruin everything good to come out of Hollywood by taking another stab at it?

Posted by: Blue Falcon at January 31, 2009 01:07 PM (SMD8k)

2 Yeah.  Wouldn't want to have any original ideas or anything.


How 'bout fucking Rambo: The Ballet next?

Posted by: nickless at January 31, 2009 01:08 PM (MMC8r)

3 Or Gay Lovers at the Alamo?

Posted by: joe biden at January 31, 2009 01:12 PM (o6ci8)

4

How about Troll 3: The Opera:

"They're eating her! Then they'll eat me! Ohhhhh my Gooooooooooooooodddd!"

Need some lungs for that

Posted by: TexasJew at January 31, 2009 01:13 PM (Ctjeq)

5 Heh.  Nilbog is goblin spelled backwards.

Posted by: Z Ryan at January 31, 2009 01:16 PM (PDeVA)

6 How much you wanna bet that Harry Callahan is revealed as a closeted homo?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 31, 2009 01:16 PM (MKNSy)

7 How much you wanna bet that Harry Callahan is revealed as a closeted homo?

Obligatory.  If Hollywood remade Deliverance, it would now be a love story.

Posted by: nickless at January 31, 2009 01:18 PM (MMC8r)

8 I enjoyed Magnum Force. One of Robert Urich's most riveting performances.


Posted by: JWF at January 31, 2009 01:20 PM (29kbu)

9 Hollywood sucks. They haven't tripped over an original idea in years.

Posted by: DG at January 31, 2009 01:28 PM (MCHyX)

10 Robyn Hitchcock is actually pretty cool. He's from the English group The Soft Boys who had a big headache for the Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. "Underwater Moonlight" is a good LP by The Soft Boys. Played with Hitchcock in the mid 1980's. Soft Boys and early Hitchcock solo stuff is good.

Posted by: jbarntt at January 31, 2009 01:33 PM (qSalV)

11 Blasphemous.   More metrosexualization of Americas heroes.  When they made a queer love story about cowboys, I said nothing because I'm not from Texas...

Posted by: LFMayor at January 31, 2009 01:36 PM (Ge7CK)

12

I'd live blog  A Fist Full of Dollars, except that pizza is on the table.

And it's not a true classic like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Posted by: Tinian at January 31, 2009 01:37 PM (Ohodx)

13 A prequel for The Thing?  It could be an interesting story, since you could assume that not everyone died at the filthy skandi icewop base.  But this is Hollywood we're talking about.  Even if it's possible to come up with a good story, it's not gonna happen.

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at January 31, 2009 01:39 PM (ltwze)

14 Not everyone did punch it.  The two got out in the chopper, everyone else was in that half cooked scandi/dog omlette they fired up.

Posted by: LFMayor at January 31, 2009 01:41 PM (Ge7CK)

15 Hmmmm ... how about instead of a prequel, which is almost guaranteed to suck to the nth power,  they arrange a meeting between Alien, Predator, and The Thing?  Cage match of the millenium!  I'm betting on The Thing -- that mimic ability kicks ass. Unlike most, I loved John Carpenter's remake of that classic.  Scared the bejeesus out of me because something like that is almost plausible.

Posted by: prairiemain at January 31, 2009 01:42 PM (oPAYR)

16 #12 Totally correct, and let's not forget "Once Upon a Time in the West."

Posted by: jbarntt at January 31, 2009 01:43 PM (qSalV)

17 This is an abomination.  It is unholy.  This ... this should be classified as under-the-jailhouse pornography.  Have people lost their friggin' minds?

Posted by: prairiemain at January 31, 2009 01:44 PM (oPAYR)

18 let's not forget "Once Upon a Time in the West."

Claudia Cardinale's boobs. MMMMMMMM.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 31, 2009 01:46 PM (MKNSy)

19 you know what, F it.  Why don't they just CGI Audey Murphy, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Richard Boone, James Arnes (sp), Richard Jaekel (more sp) Chuck Bronson and Lee Marvin in a gay drama about a professional Guitar Hero and snowboard group.   Get it the fuck over with, I'll have all my medicine in one big gulp please.

Posted by: LFMayor at January 31, 2009 01:49 PM (Ge7CK)

20 Why does it take THREE movies to crap up one John Campbell short story? (OK, two, the original was a pretty good movie, what with Howard Hawks directing and all)

Posted by: richard mcenroe at January 31, 2009 01:50 PM (DBS+D)

21 Slow news day, huh?

Posted by: Bruce at January 31, 2009 01:51 PM (oedyI)

22 How much you wanna bet that Harry Callahan is revealed as a closeted homo?

Robyn Hitchcock has about thirty years of (mostly very good) manliness=gayness songs under his belt already. So this one's even more of a duh than usual.

Magnum!

Posted by: Hc34T at January 31, 2009 01:52 PM (Hc34T)

23 LFMayor #19, You forgot Yul Brynner. On that note, they are remaking Westworld too. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475784/ I look forward to improved sexbots. Hopefully not badgay singing sexbots.

Posted by: wooga at January 31, 2009 01:59 PM (IhzyJ)

24 Get thee hence... "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing. About the Shackleton adventure. My God. Any one of those men make the filth running the White House and Congress look like invertebrate, blind flatworms. If they could return to Earth and look at what the Anglophone West has made of itself over the last hundred years, they would probably tell us to "sod off" and ask to return to Elephant Island in the Antarctic... where civilized men earned the word "civilized."

Posted by: George Orwell at January 31, 2009 02:02 PM (AZGON)

25 Unlike most, I loved John Carpenter's remake of that classic.

A lot of those people that hate Carpenter's The Thing are hating on the TV version with the narration. And I don't blame them, that version is fucking awful.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 31, 2009 02:04 PM (MKNSy)

26 In the prequel the Thing is a peace creature until it is twisted into an evil monster by Scandi black magic.

Posted by: eman at January 31, 2009 02:05 PM (ZsOIJ)

27 Robyn Hitchcock is actually pretty cool. He's from the English group The Soft Boys who had a big headache for the Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. "Underwater Moonlight" is a good LP by The Soft Boys.

Played with Hitchcock in the mid 1980's. Soft Boys and early Hitchcock solo stuff is good.

Posted by: jbarntt at January 31, 2009 06:33 PM (qSalV)


I like Robyn's early stuff too; particularly the live album with The Egyptians "Gotta Let This Hen Out".  Usually "quirky" song writers irritate the fuck out of me but something about him makes me really enjoy stuff like "My Wife and My Dead Wife".  Plus the Soft Boys did great Dylan/Byrds covers.  His recent discography is pretty large but I haven't heard a damn bit of it so I wonder how good it is.  I hope that his involvement in this isn't some pathetic way to try to seem "edgy" after the creative well is as dry as Pelosi's cooter.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 31, 2009 02:05 PM (ZW5eD)

28 WestWorld.... Where nothing can go wrong.....Nothing can go wrong...
What if someone substitutes live ammo and decides the audience is the bad guys?

Posted by: NortonPete at January 31, 2009 02:06 PM (fVuwW)

29 The Abominable Dr. Phibes would make a fine musical

Posted by: toby928 at January 31, 2009 02:06 PM (PD1tk)

30

shifting the Thing sequel to N.Mexico would ease up on the hotwater bottles of watching the original-I practically froze to death!

dirtyharry guns down the thing and tremors

Posted by: rd at January 31, 2009 02:08 PM (99DUJ)

31

I know many here are fond of the new Galactica, but Ron Moore took a  conservatively themed story, cheesy as it was at times, and turned it into a nihilist liberal jack-off fantasy. Ripped from today's headlines, no less.

Fucking nihlists, man.

Posted by: Captain Atom at January 31, 2009 02:08 PM (l9UkQ)

32 #29 I am so there. That could actually make me go to the theater.

Posted by: George Orwell at January 31, 2009 02:16 PM (AZGON)

33 Studio has set "Battlestar Galactica" exec producer Ron Moore to write the script and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen to direct the re-imagining.


That's just great.  We'll probably find out that MacReady is a fucking Cylon now.

Posted by: John McClusterfuck Hussein McCain at January 31, 2009 02:17 PM (4XUD3)

34 Sockpuppet, be gone!

Posted by: DPR Hussein VIII at January 31, 2009 02:18 PM (4XUD3)

35 Oh, and for The Thing Prequel, it's a given that Global Warming will be the source of the thing's powers.

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at January 31, 2009 02:18 PM (ltwze)

36 The original Thing rocked.  The remake was dumb and dull.  (Yeah, and I've read the short story.)

Posted by: nickless at January 31, 2009 02:19 PM (MMC8r)

37 There was actually a video game released several years back- about 2003, I think,-called "The Thing", which was a semi-official sequel to the film. I believe that Carpenter was involved and supported the project, so that's about as 'official' as one might be able to make it. The game dealt with a Special Forces team sent to Antarctica to find out why all contact was lost with the American outpost.

Not a bad game, plot was all right but got mired down partway through with evil government/corporation conspiracies and whatnot. Still worth a playthrough, if you can find it for a few bucks (Probably can't even find it, this far down the line).

Posted by: stanthecaddy at January 31, 2009 02:21 PM (UKELC)

38 Is that the Tyne Daley/Alcatraz one?

Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 02:21 PM (fWF4Q)

39 No, it's the rogue cops shooting everybody one.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 31, 2009 02:23 PM (ZW5eD)

40 I could go for an updated version of Westworld.  Even though it's an awful lot like the Terminator franchise with Yul Brenner in the Schwartzenegger role as a relentless killer robot out for blood.  I thought Yul was much creepier than Arnie even if less machine-like.  I remember having bad dreams of his gunslinger character following me around the neighborhood insisting that I "draw"

But a retread of the Thing with a bunch of Euro-Norgies contemplating Kierkegarde and their own mortality while confronting the existential  (extraterestistential??) threat of a shape-shifting monster?  That's awfully lame. Maybe they oughta try this in black-and-white a la Bergman and play up each paranoid outburt as an eloquent soliloquoy that confirms the grim inner state of mankind.

I'm afraid Ace is right.  Killing them all would be too uplifting to affect any deeper dramatic purpose.  And in this case all Norgies must die.  Thank God I'm a Swede....


Posted by: Scott in OC at January 31, 2009 02:23 PM (IWrbC)

41 Studio has set "Battlestar Galactica" exec producer Ron Moore to write the script and commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen to direct the re-imagining. Yeah, Moore has plenty of time on his hands now that he's done shitting all over BSG. Did anyone else's brain explode at the stupidity of the ending of the last episode?!?? (quasi-spoiler warning, as if the writers didn't spoil it already) ..."Let's guard a hatch after a shuttle leaves... for no reason whatsoever except to create some drama ex machina!"

Posted by: ErikTheRed at January 31, 2009 02:25 PM (erlfI)

Posted by: nickless at January 31, 2009 02:26 PM (MMC8r)

43 39 No, it's the rogue cops shooting everybody one.

Oh.  David Soul, Tim Matheson, and a bunch of other pretty boys in their metrosexual prime.  That's a different story.  Now I get it.

Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 02:27 PM (fWF4Q)

44 'Re-imagining' sounds SO sissy, like it's what junior high school girls do when they're doodling the football star's name on their notebooks.

Posted by: nickless at January 31, 2009 02:28 PM (MMC8r)

45 I just don't want to see an icon of my youth mincing across the screen, belting out show tunes like some twink.    But on the other hand, I did see his movies with the monkey, so how much worse could it be, really?

Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 02:32 PM (fWF4Q)

46 The Thing video game was actually pretty good, got a little overdone, what with all the extra Thinglings (?) running around. Very good AI gimmick, sanity of NPCs. It was surprising cool watching an engineer flip out and swallow a clip from an MP5. Note: don't leave the guy who can open the armory door in a room full of mutilated bodies and gore.

If I remember right there was a least one Skandi that survived in the other camp. Also Maccready survives, flying a helicoptor, which you then shoot at explosive barrels while uber giant Thing (in tentacle-form) throws things at you and attacks a armored division. Yes it makes no sense. But it did pull off the loss of normalcy and paranoia vibe from the movie.

Posted by: AFlyingSquirrel at January 31, 2009 02:39 PM (ZuRcl)

47 But on the other hand, I did see his movies with the monkey, so how much worse could it be, really?

Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 07:32 PM (fWF4Q)


I have a need to point out comments that literally made me LOL.

Posted by: Captain Hate at January 31, 2009 02:39 PM (ZW5eD)

48 Once again, Hollywood shows it is bereft of ideas.

Posted by: bse5150 at January 31, 2009 02:45 PM (3D+A0)

49 Oh, so they'll have the Battlestar Galactica crew redo "The Thing," huh? Makes sense: Everyone will turn out to be a Thing, humans will turn out to have brutalized Things in the past, and the evil Thing will turn out to be a metaphor for Dick Cheney. On second thought, what if they skip the remake and make an adult flick, "The Thong," instead?

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 31, 2009 02:45 PM (iafWn)

50 #27 Hi Captain, Agree with you about the quirky song writer thing. Haven't followed music for a good 15+ years. I think Hitchcock did go the "quirky" route, which is why I only complemented his early solo stuff. As I recollect "Black Snake Diamond Rule" was a pretty good LP. Didn't follow him much after that.

Posted by: jbarntt at January 31, 2009 02:46 PM (qSalV)

51

Sergio Leone was genius.

Treasure his works.

Posted by: Tinian at January 31, 2009 02:47 PM (Ohodx)

52 7 But on the other hand, I did see his movies with the monkey, so how much worse could it be, really?

Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 07:32 PM (fWF4Q)

And hell, we haven't even mentioned his at-the-time bedwench, Sondra Locke.  I hope that sex blew his face off, because she was a world class embarrassment to film.


Posted by: Ombudsman at January 31, 2009 02:51 PM (fWF4Q)

53 They way they need to go about this is by following the Alien/Aliens model.

Any movie needs MacReady.  Hollywood 101.  Given Russell's age, it will need to be set 30 years after the original.  I have no problem with him having escaped alive along with the black dude.  Say... turns out they were both human, a party investigation the earlier Norwegians stumbles across them having seen the fires... (I dunno, invent your own screenwriter magic)  Anyway, 30 years later: a new flare up that involves MacReady.  Maybe an urban city setting.  Maybe somethign entirely else.  But it doesn't ahve to be back in the Arctic. 

At present, going with the Norweegian story seems to indicate that the producers are in love with the isolated setting that the antarctic necessarily brings - that this isolated setting is necessary to profit from the inherent tension the shapeshifting power of the creature delivers.

This is a mistake.  Alien depended on the same isolation to produce the "we're being hunted" tension.  Aliens had nothing teo do with that.  It was an action movie.  "The Things" needs to be an action movie set 30 years later.  (And don't say Russell can't still do it.  Please.  Stuntman Mike?  Also, he doesn't even get clsoe to pushing the "too old" envelope the way the last go round of Indy Jones did.)



Posted by: Ray Midge at January 31, 2009 02:51 PM (R5BSx)

54 A modern remake of The Thing would be great.

The creature would be freed from its icy tomb by global warming, of course.  It would attack an oil drilling operation which also happens to have a group of scientists stationed there.  At first, the guy who runs the place - an asshole Texas oilman profit-obsessed business guy who ridicules global warming and evolution - orders everyone to attack the Thing, and a bunch of people get killed.  Eventually, though, the lead scientist - a woman who's smarter and tougher than anyone else - understands that the Thing just wants to get home, so she helps it fix its spacecraft and it leaves peacefully.

Yeah, that would be teh awesome.

Posted by: Brendan at January 31, 2009 02:59 PM (2jQGY)

55 Magnum Force was written by John Milius who's one of the few Hollywood people who understand what real freedom is. He's a huge supporter on the Second Amendment and understands that dialog doesn't mean shit until the shootin's done.

I've met him personally, he's a nice guy.

Posted by: kbdabear at January 31, 2009 03:01 PM (miw86)

56 Great ideas Ray.They should hire you .....Ron Moore is a douche.

Posted by: steevy at January 31, 2009 03:05 PM (0s+u8)

57 Great ideas Ray.They should hire you

Thanks, but I put on my pants one leg at a time just like everyone else.  Except once my pants are on, I make hit movies

Posted by: Ray Midge at January 31, 2009 03:23 PM (R5BSx)

58 Ron Moore effed up the Star Trek franchise and was responsible for draining every ounce of man-macho from the TV series. Moore's moral equivalency bullshit dilutes everything he touches.

Moore hasn't ever had an original thought - he takes someone else's concept, loads it into a PC washing machine and bleaches the hue, color and vibrance from the original fabric.

Carpenters The Thing is near perfection but that won't stop Moore from turning the franchise into a Hollywood PC wankfest.

Posted by: 13times at January 31, 2009 03:25 PM (phG1k)

59 There was going to be a Dirty Harry video game.  I know the writer, and he said that they kept focus-group ing it to death.  The producers eventually wanted to remove the Clint Eastwood aspect of Harry Callahan ... wtf.

Posted by: Cincinnatus at January 31, 2009 03:33 PM (5OVpL)

60

Video games almost always get this stuff right, at least in terms of plot. They aim squarely for men and boys. Movies are targetted for city libs,  teenie boppers, or children.

'Dead Space' is the best rip-off/culmination of this genre I've ever seen. I doubt it could be done better. Zero-G soundless vacuum combat, baby!

Posted by: Captain Atom at January 31, 2009 03:33 PM (l9UkQ)

61

55-

John Milius rules. Conan, Red Dawn, The Wind and the Lion (at least that USMC parts), The Roughriders...

Every one of those makes liberals and metros curl up into a ball and cry. It's amazing that he got to make the movies he did.

Posted by: Captain Atom at January 31, 2009 03:38 PM (l9UkQ)

62 Something else for little Ronnie Moore to fuck over. Squee.

Is Magnum Farce the one with Mustafa? Damn, that Poppy Popwell was heat. If they can find a new Poppy, I wholly support this endeavor.

Posted by: Amanda at January 31, 2009 03:47 PM (SXosX)

63

Reading more about Shackleton's feat, I see he managed it before winter set on the already frigid continent.

Shackleton was a bad dude.  Even after that disaster, he tried going back one more time.  He died en route and they buried him on South Georgia.

Posted by: Steve L. at January 31, 2009 04:00 PM (5L8hi)

64 Don't know if anyone mentioned it, but in the absolutely terrible The Thing PC game (which has you as a solider investigating what happened and has a company wanting to use the thing as a weapon - which makes the Alien connection even stronger) from a few years back, someone picks you up in a helicopter to fight the final boss. It's our man MacReady.

Posted by: Shawn at January 31, 2009 04:39 PM (ijcTK)

65 I'm surprised at you peoples...the term is Noggies, not Norgies.

#14  I thought that the chopper got all blowed up, making the score:

Thing---eleventy
Noggies-- nutin'

But I haven't seen it in a few months, so on this I may be mistaken.

Posted by: Troll Feeder at January 31, 2009 04:44 PM (3rpjH)

66 And in this case all Norgies must die.  Thank God I'm a Swede....

That reminds me of one of my favorite parts of The Thing.  Mac and Dr. Copper set down in the helicopter at the scandahoovian base and proceed to start investigating:

Mac:  "YO, SWEDEN!"

Copper:  "They're not Swedish Mac, they're Norwegian."

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent at January 31, 2009 05:17 PM (d4LHu)

67 Humanoids from the Deep -- The Musical Just for the production numbers. And Vic Morrow's moustache was hot.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at January 31, 2009 05:18 PM (pEXyx)

68 52, 7 -- You haven't seen Paint Your Wagon, have you?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at January 31, 2009 05:21 PM (pEXyx)

69 Norwegians?? I thought they were Swedes??

Posted by: bob in houston at January 31, 2009 05:30 PM (Apn7s)

70

"Hey, Sweden!"

"They're Norwegians, Mac."

A sequel might work, a la Aliens.  The thing is (ha), we didn't see MacReady die at the end.  Ten minutes after the credits, a rescue helicopter might have shown up, if anyone was monitoring for earthquakes or something.  It's not really plausible but it is possible.

I was always curious about what the guys were doing there in the first place.  "Getting drunk and stoned" doesn't seem like activity that needs an empty continent.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 31, 2009 05:40 PM (fnoZ9)

71

I remember happening upon a Thing fansite a while back while looking for an online version of Campbell's original story, and there was a statement to the efffect that Carpenter intended to do a sequel, premised on the idea that MacReady survived and was rescued by a Special Forces team (who also, of course, inadvertantly picked up the alien shape-shifter).

Interesting if true, along the same lines of the planned sequel to Buckaroo Banzai that Carpenter was drawn into which eventually morphed into Big Trouble in Little China.

Posted by: A. Pendragon at January 31, 2009 05:43 PM (U1wig)

72 68 Humanoids from the Deep -- The Musical

Just for the production numbers. And Vic Morrow's moustache was hot.

The Roger Corman Follies and Musical Review: Featuring the many musical talents of William Shatner (The Intruder)


Posted by: kbdabear at January 31, 2009 06:21 PM (miw86)

73 And let's not forget the draw and enthusiasm that "Ed Wood's Glen or Glenda, The Musical" would generate among the show tunes crowd

Posted by: kbdabear at January 31, 2009 06:24 PM (miw86)

74 Of course, with Robyn writing it, it will involved a decaying corpse, an electric prawn, an army of giant squid, and a falling leaf. Bialystock & Bloom! Bialystock & Bloom!

Posted by: Korla Pundit at February 01, 2009 03:47 AM (TaHq4)

75 [oops] Should read "...involve..."

Posted by: Korla Pundit at February 01, 2009 03:53 AM (TaHq4)

76 Peanut butter. Chocolate. Peanut butter and chocolate. Dirty Harry musical. "The Thing" prequel.

Posted by: eman at February 01, 2009 04:01 AM (ZsOIJ)

77

if its a prequel (thing) then mcready aint dead yet. 

 

'that makes you a murderer dont it"

Posted by: random fucker at February 01, 2009 04:48 AM (4wp2c)

78 Forget the Thing, go straight for the source: any chance this new Mountains of Madness movie'll be any good? Apart from Brokeback Innsmouth, which is apparently not bad, Howie's still waiting for his first good adaptation.

Posted by: Knemon at February 01, 2009 08:48 AM (eMEGi)

79 doing that to Clint Eastwood is blasphemy.

Posted by: scaramouche at February 01, 2009 09:39 AM (bNCCK)

80 100 years later, a Predator scout team finds MacCready's frozen body, clones him, and asks him how come all the humans on Earth suddenly have the ability to absorb and duplicate the Predator hunters. When he tells them the story, they send a bunch of Alien eggs down to kill the Human-Things, but the Human-Things just end up making Alien-Human-Things, that then suddenly turn on the Human-Things. And the Predator-Things hunt everybody. Oh, yeah, and the Predalien shows up, too, and teams up with MacReady. I'm not sure why yet, but Predalien and MacCready are cool as shit so they need stuff to do. I call it Predator vs Predator-Things vs Human-Things vs Alien-Things vs Predalien.

Plus there would be Ninjas.

Posted by: Dave S. at February 01, 2009 10:04 AM (t8arg)

81 Great Dave but the MacCready clone has to be a 5'7 110lb ass kicking chick..........

Posted by: steevy at February 01, 2009 10:12 AM (aTDFO)

82 >>>A sequel might work, a la Aliens. The thing is (ha), we didn't see MacReady die at the end. Ten minutes after the credits, a rescue helicopter might have shown up, if anyone was monitoring for earthquakes or something. It's not really plausible but it is possible. True. As someone pointed out, while the Americans were unable to get a radio signal out, we don't know if the Norwegians were so able. >>>I was always curious about what the guys were doing there in the first place. "Getting drunk and stoned" doesn't seem like activity that needs an empty continent. Science. Half the staff is scientists (biologists, geologists) and the other half is transport/cooking/mechanics/radio. They seem to be shuttering up on the science and pretty much all activity because it's winter. Why they don't just come home during this period is beyond me, though. Even if they need someone there running the generators and heaters to keep the place from being destroyed by the cold, they could manage that with a skeleton staff. But they don't exactly say that, either. They could just be in a period of reduced activity.

Posted by: ace at February 01, 2009 11:39 AM (gEsIJ)

83

You Schakleton/Endurance reserach is Pelosi-esque.

I aint no Gerbil Worming revisionist but I am pretty sure there was some winter weather in the Antarctic between January 1914 and August 1916.

Posted by: Foz at February 01, 2009 11:50 AM (leSHq)

84

If it just must be a prequel, they should set it in space. How did that spaceship end up crashing there? Was it manned by Klingons or something, that got picked off one by one by the Thing, then the last one crashed into Earth in a desperate last ditch effort to destroy the Thing? Not saying it would be a good movie, but at least it would be a real prequel as opposed to a glorified remake.

Antarctica comes pretty close to being an indespensable character in the story. So the setting of a sequel should at least be similar. How about a mountain, like in Cliffhanger? If MacReady is alive, he should have lost a limb to frostbite or something to show how close he came to death.

Posted by: Dave M at February 01, 2009 12:46 PM (9qyzf)

85 Remember THE ENFORCER where he uses that LAW rocket to blow up that terrorists leader and SUDDEN INPACT with its catch phrase GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY

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