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John Carpenter confirms involvement with 'The Thing' reboot

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John Carpenter has confirmed his attachment to the proposed reboot of horror classic The Thing, as well as a new ‘Lost Themes’ arriving early next year.

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The Master of Horror was speaking as part of Fantasia Film Festival, where he had accepted this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

When asked about upcoming work he’d discussed with Jason Blum, the founder and CEO of popular horror institution Blumhouse Productions, Carpenter mentioned one of their most highly anticipated projects – an update on the director’s 1982 classic.

“I think he’s gonna be working on rebooting The Thing,” he told the interviewer, adding that he would be involved, but work on the project was still “down the road”. The director wouldn’t be drawn on whether it would take the form of a prequel, sequel or remake.

The film was previously remade as recently as 2011. Watch the full interview below, with discussion surrounding the reboot starting around the 27-minute mark.

Carpenter also confirmed his latest album, ‘Lost Themes III: Alive After Death’, is due February 2021.

The director touched on details of a new track ‘Buried’, reportedly set to feature in a future horror film rather than a ‘Lost Themes’ record, though no further details have been released yet.

Last month (July 3), Carpenter shared two brand new non-soundtrack songs, titled ‘Skeleton’ and ‘Unclean Spirit’.

Both tracks were created in collaboration with Carpenter’s son Cody and godson Daniel Davis, who both work with the legendary composer on his Halloween soundtracks. Although both songs are available to listen to digitally, a deluxe limited-edition 12-inch with art by Chris Bilheimer will be released on August 28.

Carpenter also recently talked up the slasher credentials of Halloween Kills, the latest film in the legendary franchise, calling it “intense and brutal”.

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