Two years ago we passed along news that a new version of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China is on its way starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But it looks like the new film will not be a remake as once believed, but instead a continuation of the original story.
“There’s a lot of things going on with [Big Trouble in Little China],” producer Hiram Garcia told Collider. “We are in the process of developing that, and let me tell you, the idea is not to actually remake Big Trouble in Little China. You can’t remake a classic like that, so what we’re planning to do is we’re going to continue the story. We’re going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China. Everything that happened in the original exists and is standalone and I think there’s only one person that could ever play Jack Burton, so Dwayne would never try and play that character. So we are just having a lot of fun. We’re actually in a really great space with the story that we’ve cracked. But yeah, no remake. It is a continuation, and we are deep into development on that as well, and I think you’ll start hearing some things about that probably soon.”
Amen to that!
Not that any of this makes me okay with a The Rock-led, but the man can be charismatic and if Kurt Russell returns as Jack Burton, all is forgiven and good to go in my book.
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Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco’s Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord has kidnapped a beautiful green-eyed woman, who is the fiancee of Jack’s best friend. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.