During a Q&A at Texas Frightmare Weekend last weekend, a fan asked Carpenter if Keith David’s Childs, who was last seen sharing a bottle of J&B whiskey with Kurt Russell’s MacReady, had been assimilated by the creature at the end of the film. Carpenter always dodges that question, but this time he gave a more intriguing answer.
As you can see in this video (hat trick to Creepy Catalog), Carpenter said, “I was sworn to secrecy, okay, because there might be some, I don’t know not if there will be, there may be a ‘Thing 2.'”
Would Carpenter take over the reins? Carpenter hasn’t done a feature film since 2010’s “The Ward,” but he told the Texas Frightmare crowd that he recently directed a Prague-shot series called “John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams” remotely. Carpenter is five years younger than his contemporary Martin Scorsese, who just finished a three-and-a-half-hour epic, so who’s to say he’s not in for another gooey ride with “The Thing?” This is all highly speculative, but the idea of Carpenter joining Russell and David (even if it’s human popsicles) is too delicious to ignore.
Watch this space for updates!