Since its initial reporting in June of 2015, a remake of Big Trouble in Little China was announced with Dwayne Johnson taking the starring role. The remake is to be produced by Johnson’s company, Seven Bucks Production. Yet, recent reports within the last few months have confirmed that Big Trouble in Little China will in fact be a sequel of sorts and not a remake of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic – which featured Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, and James Hong. Carpenter, during a roundtable interview in promoting the new Halloween (2018), was asked by Cinema Blend the “current trend of towards follow-ups over remakes”, citing the new Big Trouble in Little China as an example.
Carpenter’s response comes as no surprise, saying:
“They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson. That’s what they want. So they just picked that title. They don’t give a shit about me and my movie. That movie wasn’t a success.”
The end of Carpenter’s quote is perhaps emphasizing the 1986 film’s box office status as a failure, which garnered $11.1 million against a budget of $19-25 million. Yet it has been cited that Big Trouble in Little China was released around the same time as James Cameron’s highly successful Aliens. It is speculated that perhaps Aliens may have contributed to the film’s poor box office performance.
The original Big Trouble in Little China was also scored by John Carpenter, which landed him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Music with the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films in 1987.
Regarding the initial announcement of the film as a sequel, and not a remake, back in August 2018, Collider’s Adam Chitwood released an exclusive statement in an interview with Seven Bucks Production president, Hiram Garcia, stating, “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.”
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