Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1981. Second draft screenplay for the 1982 film. Based on John W. Campbell's 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" Working copy belonging to uncredited special effects designer Jack Rush, with many highlighted passages throughout the script relating to the film's now-legendary horrific effects, including yellow ooze, black blood, human heads emerging from dogs' bodies, etc.
Rush is the longtime editor of "Jack Rush: Media-Thriller Blog," where he keeps track of details in the ever-expanding field of special effects.
A parasitic extraterrestrial lands on Earth, taking on the forms of its prey and slowly assimilating the members of an American Antarctic outpost until the outpost itself is destroyed. Shot over the course of three months on both artificially frozen sound stages in Los Angeles and on location in Alaska and British Columbia. Though the film is now considered a cult horror classic, "The Thing" struggled at the box office, opening on the heels of both "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner."
Gray studio wrappers, noted as SECOND DRAFT SCREENPLAY on the front wrapper, marked production No. 00477, dated March 4, 1981. Title page present, dated March 4, 1981, noted as Second Draft Screenplay, with credits for screenwriter Lancaster, director Carpenter, producers Foster, Turman, Cohen, and Stark, and novella writer Campbell, seen here under his pseudonym Don A. Stuart. 124 leaves, mechanically reproduced on yellow stock. Pages about Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with three gold brads.
Muir 1970s. Weldon 1983.