The Thing - another reboot based on 'lost chapters' of John Campbell's novel, Frozen Hell

The Thing - another reboot based on 'lost chapters' of John Campbell's novel, Frozen Hell

Producer Alan Donnes has taken to Facebook to break the news that he has signed on for another reboot of The Thing. In his post on the social media site he wrote:

It’s OFFICIAL! I received my signed contract and first check! I am Executive Producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell’s groundbreaking novel, Frozen Hell, that had been lost for decades. Now, for the first time ever, Campbell’s full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO’s THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter’s classic THE THING and both books, Frozen Hell and Who Goes There? Many thanks to a lot people but none more so than the heirs to the story for their faith and trust in me. I said I’d get it done and here we are. I am forever indebted to you!"

The discovery of the original novel-length version of Campbell's novella, Who Goes There?, was announced by John Betancourt back in 2018 and a crowdfunding campaign was launched to bring the lost book to market. The Kickstarter page that Betancourt launched says:

In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity. The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter’s iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951). The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell’s original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication. The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered.”

Donnes has since removed his Facebook post but not before it was widely shared and copied across social media. The film is in development by Universal and Blumhouse - it's in the early stages right now so there's no news on anything close to a release date.

You can read the original novella of Who Goes There? on Kindle.


The Thing (2011)
Dir: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. | Cast: Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen | Writers: Eric Heisserer, John W. Campbell Jr. (short story "Who Goes There?")

The Thing from Another World (1951)
Dir: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Cast: Douglas Spencer, Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite | Writers: Charles Lederer (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)

The Thing (1982)
Dir: John Carpenter | Cast: David Clennon, Kurt Russell, T.K. Carter, Wilford Brimley | Writers: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)

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