Reasons To Be Cheerful – Prequels

As we approach the mid-point of 2011 I’m thinking about which movies I’m looking forward to in the coming months. And there seem to be a good few prequels, sequels, etc. in the pipeline. Now I love prequels but I need to prepare for them, go back and revisit the rest of the stuff in that particular universe. Which can take time. So I’m gonna start now and be ready for at least some of them when they’re (finally) made and released.

  • PrometheusRidley Scott’s new movie Prometheus promises to be something special. Little official information is out there but leaks and hints suggest that it is either another story set in the Alien universe or the prequel to Alien. Either way, with actors like Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron starring and Scott directing it is something to get excited about.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

    I don’t need much excuse to rewatch anything to do with the re-booted Battlestar Galactica. Unlike some, I’m a big fan of the series, the stand-alone movie, The Plan, and the spin-off Caprica. So this prequel series, about William Adama during the first Cylon War era, is near the top of my must-see list.
  • The ThingJohn Carpenter’s 1982 movie is set in a remote Antarctic science station where the crew, including Kurt Russell’s helicopter pilot R. J. MacReady, become trapped with a lethal alien entity that can disguise itself as anything it has previously killed. Full of darkness, paranoia and fear, this is a nigh-on perfect sci fi horror classic.The new movie, wisely, will not be a remake of Carpenter’s movie, itself already a remake of the earlier 1951 version, which was an adaptation of a story by John W. Campbell. Instead it’s a prequel but, confusingly, will still keep the same title as the earlier movies. (Hey, all the good prequel titles had already been taken, OK? If they can’t have The Thing Begins, The Thing: First Class, Rise of The Thing or Episode 1: The Thingwhat’s the point trying to think of something else?)In Carpenter’s movie, the opening scene shows a dog streaking across the ice, being fired on from a helicopter. Dog reaches the safety of MacReady’s station but the outcome for the Norwegians in the helicopter isn’t so rosy. The new movie, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Die Hard 4) as a palaeontologist who joins the Norwegian team in the Antarctic, tells the story of the events leading up to this scene. So here’s the opening scenes from Carpenter’s movie to remind you just how good it is and how good the movie should aspire to be.
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