Over three years ago, it was announced that Dwayne Johnson was going to star in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China (1986), to be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Now comes word that the new Big Trouble in Little China movie would not be a remake at all. Instead, it would take the story of the first film further.
Collider spoke to Hiram Garcia, president of production at Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and one of the producers on Big Trouble in Little China, about the status of the project and how the film would differ from John Carpenter’s original.
“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,” he said. “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 sounds like it will be a similar situation as what happened with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Johnson wanted to honor Robin Williams’ character from the first film and so they continued the story, instead of remaking the film.
Directed by thrill master John Carpenter, Big Trouble in Little China stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a tough-talking, wisecracking truck driver whose hum-drum life on the road takes a sudden supernatural tailspin when his best friend’s fiancee is kidnapped. Speeding to the rescue, Jack finds himself deep beneath San Francisco’s Chinatown, in a murky, creature-filled world ruled by Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who mercilessly presides over an empire of spirits. Dodging demons and facing baffling terrors, Jack battles his way through Lo Pan’s dark domain in a full-throttle, action-riddled ride to rescue the girl.