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Do not worry fans, Dwayne Johnson’s Big Trouble in Little China is not a remake. Carpenter’s original film is a heady mix of action, adventure with magical elements thrown in all while Russell’s character showing the ability to pull off the heroic aspect but still have the ability to fumble about as the story gets stranger by the moment. Johnson has displayed the same kind of ability to pull these kinds of things off so it made sense for him to pursue it.
That being said, it has been some time since we’ve heard anything about the Big Trouble in Little China remake. Not that anyone should be too surprised as Dwayne Johnson has to be the busiest man in Hollywood. Hiram Garcia, who serves as president of production at Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and will also be one of the producers on Big Trouble in Little China, was recently asked about the status of the project. The focus of the question was how the remake would differ from Carpenter’s original.
“There’s a lot of things going on with [Big Trouble in Little China]. 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.”
Fans of the original film will probably take this information with a sense of relief as Garcia himself said, “there’s no replacing Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton”. So that being said, how will this “continuation” be structured so it flows in regards to the original classic. More importantly, might there be a chance for Kurt Russell to become involved in the project as Jack Burton? That would be a major coup and could make the hype go through the roof. Let’s hope it could happen.
At this time there is no scheduled start to production as thing are still in the planning stage and it would have to fit in with Johnson’s ever growing schedule of projects that seem to grow exponentially by the day. He’s currently shooting Disney’s Jungle Cruise and will then move directly into the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw. And then, and then, and then….
Does the idea of a “continuation” of Big Trouble in Little China make you a little less apprehensive than a remake or reboot? Jump in to your action gear and let us know your feelings about it?
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