Dwayne Johnson's Big Trouble In Little China Movie Will Not Be A Remake
You know what old Jack Burton says at a time like this?
While it was announced a few years ago, there has been very little about Seven Bucks Productions Big Trouble In Little China movie, which many people believed would be a remake of the 1986 John Carpenter classic. When Dwayne Johnson was set to star in the new film, fans of the original were cautious, as it wasn't a movie that needed a remake. Luckily, the new movie will be a sequel of sorts.
The Big Trouble sequel is still in the early days of pre-production--even though the movie was first announced in 2015. There is no release date and only Dwayne Johnson is attached as a cast member. However Hiram Garcia, producer of the upcoming film and president of production at Seven Bucks Productions--which Johnson is a co-CEO of--opened up about the plans for the movie.
"There's a lot of things going on with [Big Trouble in Little China]," Garcia told Collider. "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."
Without a doubt, Kurt Russell is Jack Burton, and no matter how charismatic and fun Dwayne Johnson is, fans would just be comparing him to Russell's original performance. Reboots can be hit or miss--more times miss--and continuations are the better route to go. Both Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Ocean's Eight lived in the worlds of the originals and both were great continuations to the originals without taking away from them. So here's to hoping this new Big Trouble movie can capture the spirit of the sequel.
For those looking for more Big Trouble in Little China, comic book publisher Boom! Studios released a direct sequel to the movie, back in 2015. The comic--written by John Carpenter and Eric Powell and drawn by Brian Churilla--follows the adventures of Jack Burton right after the events of the feature film. Followers of Lo Pan seek revenge on Burton and his friend Wang for the destruction of their master.
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