The Thing

Note:This is not a total sequel to John Carpenter's 1982 movie.It's more like a remake/sequel,like the 1982 movie was of Howard Hawk's 1951 version.This is a remake of/sequel to both of them.

OPEN ON:

EXT. THE SNOW-COVERED CONTINENT OF ANTARCTICA-DAY.

A helicopter is flying toward us.

FADE OUT

NARATTOR:A distress call brought them there.

FADE IN ON

INT. THE HELICOPTER-WE LOOK AT SIX ARMY SOLDIERS.THEY ARE KEVIN WARD,KARA HITCH,JOHN "ELMO" DIAZ,RICK JOCE, MARCUS MARTIN MATTHEWS "TRIPS",AND NATHAN "DONKEY" KONG.

EXT. THE HELICOPTER-DUSK-THE HELICOPTER LANDS INFRONT OF AN OUTPOST CONSISTING OF A MAIN BUILDING AND FOUR SMALLER BUILDINGS.

INT. THE OUTPOST-THE MAIN ROOM-THE SOLDIERS ARE TALKING TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE OUTPOST.THEY ARE:PETCH,CRAVEN, AND CARPENTER,SCIENTISTS,LAZENBY,A DOCTOR,CINDER,THE COOK, HOPPER,LAZENBY'S ASSISTANT,BRACKETT,THE CARETAKER FOR THE DOGS,AND FLEMING,THE COMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR.

FLEMING:We got the call at about 8:00 this morning.A man, he said his name was Moore.

PETCH:The outpost is about 50 miles away.We're the closest to it,I guess that's the reason why we're the only ones who received the call.

Cut to:

CU of Ward

WARD:We go tomorrow.

FADE OUT.

NARATTOR:They were expecting a simple rescue mission. But they ended up battling for the life of every person on the planet.

FADE IN ON:

EXT. THE HELICOPTER-DAY-IT'S FLYING OVER THE BURNT-OUT REMAINS OF ANOTHER OUTPOST.

Cut to:

A montage of scenes with the soldiers going through the burnt rooms of the outpost.

Elmo and Joce looking at a frozen creature in the snow.

Moore lunging at the camera.

INT. THE RESEARCH OUTPOST-MOORE IS SITTING ON A BED TALKING.

MOORE:We found a flying saucer.It crashed,melted through the snow and ice,and was frozen about 20 feet under the surface.Not far away we found the body of a... an alien.We took it back to the outpost.We wanted to keep it frozen,but...it accidentally got thawed.It started taking over people...copying their bodies and killing them. Leaving behind imitations.You need to destroy that body you found,before it all happens again.

INT. A DIFFERENT ROOM-THE SCIENTISTS ARE DISSECTING THE BODY OF THE CREATURE ELMO AND JOCE FOUND.

CRAVEN:The intestines are normal.But this thing isn't human.

WARD:Obviously.

Cut to:

CU of Kara screaming

We see a montage of scenes from the movie

The thing's tentacles swiping across the screen

All of the soldiers firing their automatic rifles

A large explosion

Fleming slamming a door and leaning back on it

A close-up on a hand as the fingers turn into tentacles

Nathan "Donkey" running down a hallway

Dogs barking

Ward impaling somebody through the head with a pool cue

Hopper screaming

Trips firing a pistol

Somebody being thrown back across a counter covered with glass beakers

We stop to watch a scene

Ward,Fleming,Trips,and Lazenby are talking in a room.

WARD:There are no weapons anywhere in this whole place?

LAZENBY:This is a research outpost.Scientists don't usually need flamethrowers in the middle of Antarctica.

Cut to:

A trail of fire igniting across the snow

A bulldozer rams a shed

The floor of the outpost explodes upward

FADE OUT

We hear Hopper screaming in the darkness

The Thing

Written by Cody Hamman

Directed by Rob Bottin

COMING TO THEATRES IN 2004

Note:Some characters in this preview may be dropped from the finished story.