The Thing Movie Being Remade by Sci Fi Channel!

According to Variety, 'The Thing' and 'The Andromeda Strain' will both be receiving 4 hour remakes in the coming year or so.  The Sci Fi Channel has engineered two major talent deals, signing Ridley Scott to exec. produce and supervise a four-hour remake of the 1971 thriller 'The Andromeda Strain' and Frank Darabont to take charge of a four-hour remake of 'The Thing.'  The Sci Fi Channel has several other projects on the go which include the likes of Steven Spielberg ("Nine Lives"), Martin Scorsese ("The Twelve"), Gale Anne Hurd ("Red Mars"), Nicolas Cage ("Dresden Files") and Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin ("The Triangle").

Sci Fi executive VP of program development Mark Stern has said that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is writing the adaptation of "Andromeda," based on Michael Crichton's novel, and David Johnson is working on the script of "The Thing," based on the short story "Who Goes There" by John W. Campbell Jr.

Darabont said Johnson should complete his adaptation by Christmas and shooting could get under way next year for an airdate on Sci Fi of either December 2005 or early spring 2006.

This is absolutely HUGE news for those of us who are 'The Thing' fans.  I've loved John Carpenters version for such a long time and always thought a remake would be a great idea.  Lets just wait and see (and hope) if the movie is done right!

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