^ does look much like a direct remake...but ya gotta consider a prequel would most likely have the same setting and the same creature, like JC's version. I think if they get the creature effects right and they are well done then this could be a good one!
The only difference will be them actually discovering the Thing. I just hope that the CGI isn't bad. One of the best things about JC's Thing was the practical FX.
I am looking forward to seeing this movie, but I don't think the FX will be as good as the original.