In 1986, John Carpenter‘s cult classic masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was released. While it may not have been a commercial success at the time, Big Trouble‘s mix of ancient Chinese folklore, bizarre storyline, and outrageous fantasy set in San Francisco’s Chinatown won the hearts of audiences upon its home video release. Almost a year ago, it was announced that 20th Century Fox had plans for a remake of the film in the works with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the lead role. Not much has been mentioned about it since then, but while promoting his new movie Central Intelligence, Johnson gave enthusiastic reassurance that the film is indeed moving forward. Check out what he had to say below!
While interviewing Johnson for his new movie, Fandango asked him about the status of the Big Trouble remake. Johnson had this to say:
“That’s happening, man! That’s happening, that’s happening. And again, that’s one of those things where you gotta take really good care of it.”
It would appear that a Big Trouble in Little China remake is, in fact, happening. While there’s not a lot of information about the film at this point, it’s a safe assumption that original director Carpenter probably won’t be involved. About his experience with the first movie, he has said:
“The experience was the reason I stopped making movies for the Hollywood studios. I won’t work for them again. I think Big Trouble is a wonderful film, and I’m very proud of it. But the reception it received, and the reasons for that reception, were too much for me to deal with. I’m too old for that sort of bullshit.”
About the remake specifically, he has said:
“It’s very early in the process. I haven’t spoken to Dwayne Johnson about any of this. I’m ambivalent about a remake.”
Carpenter may be ambivalent, but if Johnson is enthusiastic, then the movie is off to a good start. A lot of the fun of the original movie was the brilliant portrayal of the main character, Jack Burton, by Kurt Russell. Rather than playing a typical, straight forward action hero, Russell played Burton as a bumbling, overly confident buffoon. Having his thoughtless actions backfire on him more often than not and spewing ridiculous one liners, Russell’s Burton was a parody of the action hero archetype. If anyone can match this layered approach to an intentionally one-dimensional character, it’s Johnson. Not only does he look the part and have the chops of a bona fide action hero, but his awareness of what that means and his ability to laugh at it is apparent in films like Get Smart and The Other Guys. Some fans may be uncertain about a remake, but everybody relax; The Rock’s here.
Are you excited about a Big Trouble in Little China remake? Do you think Dwayne Johnson will make a good Jack Burton?