Before the whole thing was re-written...
As is often the way with these things, it seems Moore’s draft was all well and good as a first attempt but nothing more, with Universal deciding a full re-write was in order. The man charged with doing the tinkering was one Eric Heisserer, fresh from re-writing the rebooted
Nightmare On Elm Street
However, without holding that against him, his plans for this film sound more encouraging, particularly concerning his attention to detail.
“It’s a really fascinating way to construct a story,” he told
, “ because we’re doing it by autopsy, by examining very, very closely everything we know about the Norwegian camp and about the events that happened there. The director, producer and I have gone through it countless times marking (things). So there’s a fire axe in the door, we have to account for that… those details all matter to us because it all has to make sense.”
Fair enough, but if all of this is leading up to an inevitable massacre, doesn’t that kind of spoil any sense of suspense for the audience? Apparently not, according to Heisserer.
“We’re finding so much from Carpenter’s movie that you think you’ve seen,” he says, “but in actuality it allows us to come up with certain twists on what we have that will allow people to be on the edge of their seat, and not know who’s going to make it and who’s not.”