Regardless of giving out the exact same name, THE THING is not a remake of 1982 film nor is it allied to 1951 film. It is, actually, a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 film.
The film follows a paleontologist name Kate Lloyd (played Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is experimenting frozen and apparently dead alien together with Dr. Sander Halvorson (played by Ulrich Thomsen) and his team. When the alien gets up after a study, the team must stop it before it slays everyone in the area. A great crisis presents itself once they realize that this alien can imitate anyone and can totally change itself into that certain one with a simple touch.
This movie shows us why Hollywood should just leave some original movies alone. Remakes, prequels and reboots are great when they are made properly, but this prequel is not that great. For entertainment value alone, it's not an awful film. If you are looking for a movie for its mindless enjoyment, then this one might fit the bill. But if you want to watch a movie that makes sense, then you will most likely be dissatisfied.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the home video release date for The Thing. DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Copy (combo pack) of the film will be available for purchase on January 31, 2012. The releases will contain extra features such as Deleted/Extended Scenes, Digital Copy of The Thing (BD), Includes UltraViolet (BD) and many more.
The Thing (2011) trailer