The Thing prequel loses April slot and now has NO release date

The preamble to John Carpenter's arctic-terror classic was set to invade theaters on April 29, 2011—and now it isn't. What bumped it from the release schedule ... and why?

If you've been anxiously awaiting a return to the horrifically chilly world that Carpenter created for his 1982 Kurt Russell-Keith David classic, you'll have to wait a little longer. Universal has bumped The Thing from the release calendar and slotted the Fast and the Furious brand extension Fast Five, which was set for June 10, 2011, in its place.

The official line is that The Thing—directed by rookie filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and starring Joel Edgerson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead—isn't ready. And that Fast Five's predecessor, Fast and Furious, did extremely well when it opened in April 2009, so Universal wanted to replicate those conditions.

How much do you wanna bet that Universal will dump The Thing next Halloween? Or, even worse, January 2012?

(Via Slashfilm and The Los Angeles Times)

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