Huh. I was pretty excited when I first heard Ron Moore was writing the script for 'The Thing' Movie prequel. He recently talked about it in an interview in which he said he turned in his latest draft of the script. From the sound of it everyone seemed to be happy with what he had come up with. You can read about that here. I liked where Moore said he was going with it, but if the script is being rewritten by a new writer then I guess Universal Pictures didn't really like it. Maybe they were among the group of people that didn't like the 'Battlestar Galactica' ending.
Eric Heisserer is the new guy rewriting the script for the prequel. Eric has written one TV show and the new 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Script. He doesn't have a lot of experience and we have yet to see what the new Elm Street remake ends up like. Heisserer says via his blog that:
"Matthijs and I are hard at work with the very smart team at Strike on the prequel. We are all so much in love with Carpenter's film, so protective of it, we're doing all we can to avoid stepping on its toes. I jumped at this job because I hold the Carpenter adaptation to very high standards, and I knew it would be a challenge to create a comparable companion piece. Sort of a "Nobody better screw this up, especially me" mentality. Lucky for me, the people at Strike and the director have the same standards.
This is a "from scratch" rewrite assignment for the most part, as was my work on A Nightmare on Elm Street. I can't say any more on that. I have the highest respect for both Ron Moore and Wesley Strick."
Since they are starting from scratch this prequel is up in the air and could end up being anything. I am a fan of Ron Moore so I am a little bitter that Universal is moving on with another writer. I will say this, the way the studio wants the film to be made is is almost always not the best way. But they bring in a fresh young new writer to tackle the project, this way the studio has a bit more control over how the script is written and it is easier for them to add little things in it that they think will sell the movie better. I'm not writing of the movie, I am still excited for this prequel idea, I just hope this is a step in the right direction. We will find out soon enough.