Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Back in 2008 Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr., the Dutch director behind the Thing prequel and Zack Snyder, the dude that gave us 300, The Watchmen, that tickle porn no one saw Sucker Punch, were prepping to make “Army of the Dead”. A zombie epic about a father who teams with some mercenaries to save his daughter from zombies in a quarantined Las Vegas in the not-too-distant future. Sounds awesome right? Well, recently while talking to the Playlist, Heijningen made it sound as though the undead flick might not be dead:

“It would be nice to do it. That was the Zack Snyder project. And it was in a very far stage – it was like three months before shooting. But then the [financial] crisis hit in 2008 and everybody got shrinked, so that just basically was put on hold. So maybe that’s going to be revived, because it’s a good project.”

Over at i09, they too grilled Matthijs for some information on the project. Basically with Zack producing, if the studio is interested, it may still happen and they will be fast zombies. When asked how long the zombification process would be in the film, um, the Dutch director said this instead:

“There’s an extra dimension to this zombie film, because they…. they…. I’m still wondering if I should tell this…. the male zombies rape human females. Yes. And they have human hybrid zombie offsprings. It’s a new take on the zombie genre, which is crazy.”

Well, that sure answers a question no one has never asked. Ever.

IMDB still lists the movie as in in development and 2013 for the year, so maybe?

Sources: First Showing and i09 title image via Deviant Art’s *sayunclecomics (Joseph Bergin III)




 The release of director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.‘s (you have better luck pronouncing that with peanut butter in your mouth)  The Thing, which is  a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, is only a few months away, and fans are antsy to the what the thing will look like. The alien, not the movie. See, here’s the thing, The Thing is about a “thing”.  Get it? *shakes head* Damn thing is confusing as fuck. Who’s on first?

Anyway, the creature (aka “The Thing”) from the original was goddamn creepy. A parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them, or tries to anyway. Often you’d  see the creature in between transformations, looking like stretched silly putty with teeth. Will it look just as fucked up in the prequel?

Well, Amalgamated Dynamics are on par to terrify a whole new generation of fans.

While we don’t have photos of the finished product, we do have a look at some of the maquettes used for the film that give a pretty good impression of what the filmmakers were going for.

Check out the monsters after the jump

UPDATE: Shock Till You Drop reports that “a sculptor on the show says [the photos] are not legit.”


(article by nerdbastards contributor Adam A. Donaldson, @adamadonaldson)

It’s been a huge week in nerd-friendly news, but the in a surprise addition, we’ve got our first look at the new The Thing in the form of a trailer, which is just about the first time anyone’s heard anything about this movie in months.

The plot of the film follows a Norwegian research group that discovers something alien in the snow and ice of Antarctica. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, from a script by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) and is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

What’s interesting about this trailer though is that the film it advertises has been marketed (or at least rumored) to be a prequel to John Carpenter’s version of The Thing from 1982. But did you seen anything in this trailer that suggested it takes place before 1982? And for that matter, why does a prequel carry the exact same title as the movie that preceded it? Oh forget it! Let’s just enjoy the image of Ramona Flowers with a big effin’ blowtorch.

Source: Slashfilm