Carpenter spoke on Aug. 22 during a panel at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where he received the Cheval Noir award. Variety reported that Carpenter was asked if he’d discussed a new project with Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum.
“I have? I don’t know about that,” Carpenter replied. “But we’ve talked about — I think he’s going to be working on The Thing, rebooting The Thing. I’m involved with that, maybe. Down the road.” He would not specify if this iteration would be a remake, a sequel or even a prequel.
The Thing told the story of researchers who encounter a malevolent, shape-shifting alien that impersonates and attacks researchers in a frigid polar environment.
Carpenter‘s version of The Thing, co-starring Kurt Russell, Keith David and T.K. Carter, was framed as a horror film. It was a box-office flop that garnered poor reviews but has come to be revered. It was a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World, a sci-fi take on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There? Another remake, in 2011, was a prequel to Carpenter‘s version.