It’s been three years since it was first announced that Dwayne Johnson would be starring in and producing a remake of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. Although we haven’t had any real updates since then, it remains an active project that Johnson gets asked about from time to time. While many fans of the original are not thrilled at the idea of a remake, this week one of the film’s producers has apparently revealed that it won’t be a remake after all. Hiram Garcia, president of production at Dwayne Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions, had this to say about their approach:
“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 not a surprising statement, but it does seem to fall in line with recent trends. Hollywood has learned in recent years from movies like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and Dwayne Johnson’s own Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) that fans want to see the legacy of their favourite movies respected and the original cast members brought back (if possible). The new Halloween is following this format as well, so it only makes sense for Big Trouble in Little China. Of course, it remains to be seen if Kurt Russell has any interest in returning to play Jack Burton, especially if John Carpenter is not involved. Does this make you more interested in a new Big Trouble in Little China movie?