We got a treat back then, first W.D. Richter's script for the remake of Body Snatchers in '78 then a couple years later, Burt Lancaster's son Bill wrote The Thing, perhaps the best remake of a classic we've seen. My other favorite quote is: "I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!"
I saw that trailer on PBS the other night and did a double-take. Like just about everyone else, he's found a niche in the 'small screen' market. It looks epic. Lots of brain food in there I imagine. Rush's Peter Sellers was intriguing. If I recall that was a Cable TV project as well.