Dwayne Johnson Bringing Us the 'Big Trouble in Little China' Remake
Another day, another remake. But this one might actually work. Big news coming from The Wrap, where they're reporting that 20th Century Fox is in negotiations to sign on Dwayne Johnson for a remake of cult favorite Big Trouble in Little China. Johnson is looking at starring in and producing the remake of the John Carpenter film, which is getting a script from X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz. The original Big Trouble in Little China, released in 1986, is an action cult classic starring Kurt Russell as a trucker who gets dragged into some wacky weird mystical showdown in Chinatown. If you've never seen it, first order of business is finding an old VHS copy and having a blast. As for the remake, I'm actually curious.
Big Trouble in Little China is the kind of film that is ripe for a remake considering it's a campy 80's cult classic. The film has found its audience and has grown that fanbase in recent years with a Blu-Ray re-release and all kinds of goodies, like a Mondo poster. It has a built-in set of fans, it can be remade and still maintain that campiness that made the original so good, and hopefully it won't get watered down in the process. The Wrap adds that Dwayne Johnson "and his producing partners Dany and Hiram Garcia pitched the remake to rights-owner Fox, which released the original film." So the studio hasn't actually said yes yet, but they have the two writers on-board already, and with Johnson the leading man, I don't think they'll be too concerned.
Word is that Dwayne Johnson (seen in San Andreas, Furious 7, Hercules, Pain & Gain) will indeed play Jack Burton, the same role Kurt Russell once played, an "all-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco's Chinatown." I'm interested to see how they're updating this and who they get to direct it, because that could make all the difference in the end. But for now, I'm trying to remain optimistic. As much as the original film is a great cult classic, this could be a fun update as long as they don't dumb it down. And please call it something else other than Big Trouble in Little China all over again. Let's leave that title for Kurt Russell to hold onto, he really owns that one. See the original film here.