Dwayne Johnson's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Movie Will Continue The Original Story
A few years ago it was announced that Dwayne Johnson would star in a remake of John Carpenter's classic 1986 film Big Trouble in Little China. Well, it turns out that this film won't be a remake. Instead, it will be a continuation of the story that was launched with the first film, which starred Kurt Russell.
The news comes from one of the producers of the film, Hiram Garcia, and while talking to Collider about the movie, he said:
"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."
It's good to hear that this movie won't be a remake. That kind of puts my mind at ease. At the same time, I would still rather see a new sequel set around Russell's Jack Burton! I love that character! But, for some reason, they feel Dwayne Johnson is the way to go.
It will be interesting to see how closely connected this new film will be to the original. Since this is a continuation of the story, my hope is that they at least to include Jack Burton in the story! They need to at least try and make that happen!
There was a Big Trouble in Little China comic book that was published that continued the adventures of Jack Burton, which you can read about here. This is the synopsis for that:
The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth. Ching Dai, sick of relying on screw-ups like Lo Pan to do his bidding, has broken the barriers between Earth and the infinite hells, and declared himself ruler of all.
Sixty-year-old Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it manages to pick up a message. Someone is out there in the hellscape, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai."
That comic was co-written by Carpenter, unfortunately, he isn't involved with the film project. I would have loved to see that comic get a film adaptation.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming film being a continuation of the first film instead of a reboot? What would you like to see in it?