The Los Angeles Times originally reported that Universal Studios had pulled the film from its 2011 release calendar, stating the film was incomplete. Den of the Geek has reported that it will be released October 14, 2011.
It has almost been 30 years since John Carpenter’s seminal horror film, The Thing was released in the summer of 1982. For reasons still discussed (from the dark conclusion to the release of the friendlier alien film E.T. around the same time) this was John Carpenter’s first box office failure. So it is mildly amusing that one of the films that pushed Carpenter out of studio productions is now being used as a launch point for financial gain.
The Thing is one of the best horror films and a personal favorite, so I don’t think I will be seeing this prequel. There is almost no way that a prequel will somehow outdo its parent. What it will almost surely do is color the way people view The Thing and I am not willing to risk my relationship with John Carpenter’s masterpiece for a 30 year revisit (just look at the Star Wars films).