The Rock and Big Trouble In Little China: Exciting Remake
It would be an understatement to say that Hollywood loves a remake just like it would be an understatement to say that God loves Dwayne Johnson. And if you can smell what The Rock is cooking, it will be reminiscent of the candy assess in Little China The Rock will layeth the smacketh down on and then presumably bake into one of those pies he used to talk about eating all the time…
Originally broken by The Wrap on Monday, The Rock will be both starring in and producing a remake of the 1986 John Carpenter cult classic film, Big Trouble In Little China. The original film starred Snake Plissken and Samantha from Sex and the City (Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall) as unwilling participants in a battle between mystical warring factions in Chinatown, San Francisco. Despite only grossing 11 million and not even making its 20 million budget back at the box office, Big Trouble, like all pretty much every Kurt Russell movies from the 80s, went on to become a cult classic.
A Decent Remake?
While I’m often one to give a side eye at remake attempts, this one I’m a little excited about. Big Trouble is the right kind of ridiculous 80s fun that we’re supposed to get new versions of from time to time. Though it seems Mr. Carpenter has kept the property close over the years, even swearing off big budget directing for six years after it flopped. He certainly worked hard on the original, even doing the score for the film. That’s how you pour your heart into something. You literally make it sing.
Recently, Big Trouble In Little China has had some of the dust blown off as Mr. Carpenter stepped in to co-write the Big Trouble in Little China comic with Eric Powell in 2014. So far, Miller and Stentz have inked a deal to write the remake, but no director has been announced yet. My personal hope is that Carpenter actually comes out of semi-retirement to direct this latest installment of the film a la George Miller with Mad Max: Fury Road and creates a modern masterpiece that enjoys similar big time success. Though to be fair, if The Rock can squeeze $54 million out of San Andreas in a weekend, I’m confident his giant, racially ambiguous Jack Burton will pull out something even better in the Big Trouble In Little China opening weekend. I have to be, because I don’t can’t understand how that many people paid money to see San Andreas. Either way, I predict this remake will enjoy a different fate than the original installment.