Is The Thing in trouble? Producer comes clean about delay

One of the producers for The Thing, the upcoming prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter classic, has spoken out about the reason for the film's abrupt disapperance from its April 2011 release date.

Producer Marc Abraham told Hitfix that The Thing was bumped from its April 29 release date to give the filmmakers enough time to do some additional shooting on the film. As Hitfix put it, the work involved may "enhance existing sequences ... make crystal clear a few story beats ... (or) add punctuation marks to the film's feeling of dread."

The producer stressed that he was not concerned with the release date change, but more interested in getting the film right and not disappointing fans of the Carpenter original. Word around the Web says it's now possible that The Thing could move to a late 2011 date, perhaps around Halloween, which would allow it to tap into the usual seasonal thirst for horror and monster movies.

Abraham also affirmed his confidence in first-time director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and his cast, which includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and a whole bunch of Norwegian dudes. Winstead and some of the other cast members are expected to take part in the additional shooting, and there will be more effects work shot with the Thing itself.

Reshoots or additional shooting are a routine part of Hollywood productions these days—even Peter Jackson did extra photography on each segment of The Lord of the Rings. They can be a sign that a production is in trouble or just that it needs a little more work to get it right or fill in a blank.

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