The announcement last week of a remake of John Carpenter’s iconic 1986 cult classic “Big Trouble in Little China” with Dwayne Johnson taking over the Jack Burton role was met with surprise by many. One such person who was surprised was Carpenter himself who admitted he read about it when everyone else did and is not involved in any way.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly today, Johnson says he wants to bring Carpenter onboard the film:
“I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized – I’m the same way. My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter.”
One difference between ‘Big Trouble’ and other Carpenter films is that the director did not write the film’s screenplay, which is why Fox did not need to consult Carpenter about it. Yet Johnson is very keen to show that he strongly respects the original and does not want to tarnish its legacy:
“I loved the original when I was younger and I loved the main character – all the characters. It felt like if we surrounded ourselves with the right group of people, the right writers who loved the movie too and wanted to honor it, bring on John Carpenter in some capacity… If we did that, then we have a shot at hopefully making something good. Let’s see what feels good, what we can come up with and then go from there. As we write it, if the whole thing starts to stink up, then we thank everybody for their efforts and accept this just couldn’t make it.”
Kurt Russell starred in the original as an American trucker who, after paying a visit to his friend in San Francisco’s Chinatown, finds himself drawn into a supernatural showdown with the forces of evil. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (“X-Men: First Class”) are developing the script for the remake.