Hiram Garcia, the president of production at Seven Bucks Productions has finally broken the silence. Garcia is a producer for the upcoming installment of Big Trouble In Little China that has left fans scratching their heads with questions. Is it a reboot or a remake? Is it a sequel or just another story in a shared universe that Carpenter created?
Honestly, we haven’t a clue on what the fantasy martial arts comedy Big Trouble In Little China (1986) revival holds for us. Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson (Skyscraper) became a known name on board headlining the project early on. We heard it was languishing in the developmental stage and other from that it seemed like it might have a place reserved in the graveyard for false start film projects. In a conversation with Collider, Garcia had this 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.”
So it looks like the Pork Chop Express is heading into some interesting territory. We have the same universe as Big Trouble In Little China, with canon events already in place but this may not actually be a sequel.. The Rock is no stranger to stepping over hollowed film grounds such as Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, wherein the original plot was not exactly integral to carrying the movie’s recent chapter. Fans still aren’t really sure what to think or if this is even a good idea at all. Or if Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol:2) will even be able to at least pop his head in and reprise his iconic role. The best thing this project has to offer as of now is that it will not just be a hit and run erasing the existence of the original fantasy, comedy, sci-fi, horror classic. This will most likely even open the doors for a new generation of film watchers to want to hop aboard the Pork Chop Express to revisit the iconic 80s adventure. But be warned, Jack Burton already has a stowaway on board.
Where do you stand on the Big Trouble in Little China reboot developments? Explore the universe? Or stay away from the classics?