Two legends of the 1980s, Kurt Russell and John Carpenter, came together at that time and created one of the great cult fantasy features of all time – “Big Trouble in Little China”. With much of Carpenter’s and Russell’s back catalogues of work having been or about to be remade, a ‘Little China’ revisiting seemed inevitable.
So came word earlier this year that Dwayne Johnson would both produce and star in a new take on the 1986 original which he describes as one of his all-time favorite films. Russell hadn’t spoken about the remake until this week when he’s been doing press for his dark indie western “Bone Tomahawk” which has been getting quite good notices.
The longest and most interesting answer comes when he was asked about the project by Collider:
“You know, I heard they were gonna remake Big Trouble in Little China, I heard they were gonna make Overboard, they were gonna remake some Disney stuff. I mean, I don’t know, I guess it’s that time now. Hey, you know, nothing sacred, why not? Go get it, good luck. I always think it’s interesting what’s gonna be done.
Dwayne Johnson I don’t know what his take on it is gonna be, I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, ‘Ok… there’s gotta be a reason’ I did one with John [Carpenter], we did the remake of The Thing. But John didn’t want to remake the original movie, he wanted to remake Who Goes There? He wanted not to remake The Thing, he wanted to do a movie of Who Goes There? Which had never been made, which was the short story. So ours is in fact quite different that the original Thing and it was a horrific monster laughs] and it took a long time for that movie to kind of gain it’s appreciation but through the years it’s been nice to watch that happen with that movie, it’s now considered one of the great horror movies ever made and I’m very proud to have been a part of that.
So with Big Trouble in Little China John and I, I know we did something that at that time was -The sensibility of that movie was very different, no movie had been made like that, and virtually you flip-flopped the leading man and the sidekick, you flip-flopped those roles, that had never been done. And a lot of the humor and the style of that movie was brand new for that time and was very much copied after that, so in its way Big Trouble is definitely a cult film. So I don’t know what their reasons are for remaking the movie but I hope that they have the right reasons and I hope that they do it well and good luck, what can I say? I don’t know, I don’t have thoughts other than that. Hang in there, good luck, go get em’.”
The full interview can be found here.