I’ve just read some interesting news that the currently upcoming ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ movie which was rumored for a long time to be a remake of the classic John Carpenter flick is actually a damn sequel! That’s some VERY interesting news indeed. Especially since so many were under the impression that Duane “The Rock” Johnson might be recast as the legendary cult hero Jack Burton. It turns out that’s not the case at all, this is what Collider had to report about all things ‘Little China’:
“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,” producer Hiram Garcia tells the site. “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 this sounds like it just might be a step in the right direction, however, there’s two big ass elephants in the room. The first of course is will Kurt Russell then return as ‘Jack Burton’? That actually sounds like a damn ridiculous question, because no shit Russell SHOULD return!! Why the hell not? The guy has proven time and time again recently that he’s indeed still got it as a total bad ass. Bone Tomahawk anyone?! The guy still looks awesome as well and the article explains that it could be a tricky one to film as Duane Johnson’s movie schedule is pretty tight these days filming movies like Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ and some Fast & Furious spin off movie. It strikes me as pretty funny because my question here is why the fuck do we need to wait for Duane Johnson for BTILC2, just cast Kurt Russell and let’s get this shit moving! There’s gonna be some blowback IF they don’t put Russell in the movie and that’s a damn fact folks.
Secondly it just must be addressed that perhaps John Carpenter should get a real shot at directing this damn movie! Some people will say “but hey the guy hasn’t directed anything good since ‘Ghost of Mars’ (and that’s a debate in itself whether it’s a good movie), well most of the shit Duane Johnson stars in isn’t exactly high art movie making, the dude recently starred in the box office flop “Skyscraper”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and even did a remake of “Baywatch” fairly recently. Not exactly golden film making. So why the hell not give Carpenter another shot at a sequel to HIS cult classic? His last feature film “The Ward” was definitely his worst, but a chance at doing something high profile like this might reinvigorate the director. Give him a decent budget to recreate the magic and let him go to town. The question is would Carpenter even be interested?
To me it’d certainly be exciting to have both on board for fans especially, let’s face, it a lot of directors these days are taking old franchises and quickly turning them into forgotten piles of trash. And not the good kind of cinematic trash you wanna watch over and over again. It’d be cool to see this done the right way, I get that Duane Johnson adds a degree of current star power to a sequel, but let’s hope that when they begin dropping more concrete info on this upcoming movie that there’s news that BOTH Kurt Russell & John Carpenter are involved in a big way!