John Carpenter Has Some Harsh Words For Dwayne Johnson's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Remake
Yep, Dwayne Johnson is still slowly developing a reboot of the 1983 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. It’s been reported that the film will be a continuation of the story that was started with the original Kurt Russell film.
Now, I would be more excited about this movie if director John Carpenter and Russell were involved with the development. But, Carpenter had a few very blunt and harsh words about the film project. As you might imagine, he’s not happy about it. Johnson did say he wanted to bring Carpenter in on the project, but it looks like that’s not going to be the case.
While talking with CinemaBlend, Carpenter slammed the Big Trouble in Little China sequel saying:
“They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson. That’s what they want. So they just picked that title. They don’t give a shit about me and my movie. That movie wasn’t a success.”
Yeah, it’s true. The original fantasy martial arts adventure movie wasn’t a box office success, but over the years it has gained a huge following and become successful. I personally think the movie was ahead of its time.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the film and we don’t know where it’s at in development. Producer Hiram Garcia did say this a month ago:
"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."
Now, Carpenter did co-write a Big Trouble in Little China comic book that was published that continued the adventures of Jack Burton. 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’s the Big Trouble in Little China sequel that I’d personally want to see happen!