Universal delays the release of The Thing

News Ryan Lambie 14 Nov 2010 - 20:26

Originally due to appear next April, Universal has delayed the release of The Thing in favour of a Fast And Furious sequel...

Chilling news. Universal has given director Matthijs van Heijningen the cold shoulder, and put his forthcoming movie The Thing on ice (sorry).

According to Shock Till You Drop, van Heijningen’s prequel to John Carpenter’s classic Antarctic sci-fi horror, originally set for release on 29 April next year, has been put on hold.

A representative from Universal has since revealed to the LA Times that The Thing isn’t yet finished, and has been replaced on its release schedule by Fast Five, the latest sequel in the Fast And Furious franchise of modified cars and muscle-bound men. Fast Five had been due for release slightly later in the year, but it's been brought forward to plug the gap in Universal's schedule.

This currently leaves The Thing without a release date. It's a scenario that sounds worryingly similar to The Wolfman, a film that was delayed multiple times for re-shoots and re-edits, before finally appearing to middling reviews earlier this year.

Are there similar production difficulties behind The Thing, or does director van Heijningen merely need more time to perfect his frosty sci-fi horror?

When a new release date for The Thing appears, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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