When the news came out of a planned remake of the 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China, to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the reaction from HeavyMetal.com readers was swift and sure: Do not remake this movie.
Director John Carpenter’s statements were short and sweet: I am not involved in this.
Now The Rock is weighing in on the perhaps surprisingly controversial project. He told Entertainment Weekly:
“I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized—I’m the same way. My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter.”
Many fans of the film said they’d rather not see a remake of the movie, with The Rock replacing Kurt Russell as protagonist Jack Burton, but would be open to some sort of sequel or quasi-sequel, in which the Rock plays a new character who moves through the familiar world established in the original. That idea does not seem to be on the table.
But The Rock hinted that he’ll look into including Kurt Russell in some capacity, and stated that doesn’t want to make something that tarnishes the legacy of the original:
“Let’s see what feels good, what we can come up with and then go from there. And as we write it, if the whole thing starts to stink up, then we thank everybody for their efforts and accept this just couldn’t make it.”
The writers committed to the new Big Trouble in Little China are Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the team that brought us X-Men: First Class.