It had been a while since we heard anything about the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-led Big Trouble in Little China remake, but now we finally have some news on the film. And that news is: It’s not a remake.
Collider recently spoke with Hiram Garcia, the president of production at Johnson’s studio Seven Bucks Productions, and he revealed that the new film — which is apparently still happening — is not going to be a remake of the John Carpenter classic at all. Instead, the plan is for the film to continue the story that began in that 1986 film. In other words, it sounds like a sequel; or a least a spinoff. Here’s what Garcia had to say:
“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.”
Frankly, this all sounds like good news. We weren’t too keen on the film being remade, but a sequel/spinoff could be very fun. This also makes it sound as if — and we’re just speculating here — that Kurt Russell and/or Dennis Dun could possibly return as Jack Burton and Wang Chi, respectively, which we think we can all agree is something that everyone wants to happen. We’re also pleased to hear that Garcia predicts we’ll be hearing a lot more about the movie soon, which implies that production could start rolling on this beast in the near-future. Anybody else looking forward to a trip back to the mystical underbelly of San Francisco?