We reported back in June that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is tackling a remake of John Carpenter’s 1986 classic Big Trouble in Little China, where he will produce and star as the iconic Jack Burton. For those unfamiliar with the film, Jack Burton is a wise ass trucker with a heart of gold, who gets mixed up in an age-old war brewing in the underbelly of San Francisco’s Chinatown. The film is a huge cult classic and news of the remake was met with quite a bit of blow back online, now the original Jack Burton, Kurt Russell, is finally giving his thoughts on the reboot in an interview with Collider.
Russell claimed that he wasn’t really surprised by the news, “I mean, I don’t know, I guess it’s that time now. Hey, you know, nothing sacred, why not? Go get it, good luck. I always think it’s interesting what’s gonna be done.”
Like most of us, Russell wonders what’s the reason for a remake, “Dwayne Johnson, I don’t know what his take on it is gonna be, I don’t know what they’re gonna do, I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, “Ok… there’s gotta be a reason”.”
Russell also brought up the fact that Big Trouble in Little China wasn’t well received when it initially hit theaters in the 80s, it was only after time that it found an audience and became the cult favorite that it is today.
So with Big Trouble in Little China John and I, I know we did something that at that time was –The sensibility of that movie was very different, no movie had been made like that, and virtually you flip-flopped the leading man and the psychic, you flip-flopped those roles, that had never been done. And a lot of the humor and the style of that movie was brand new for that time and was very much copied after that, so in its way Big Trouble is definitely a cult film. So I don’t know what their reasons are for remaking the movie but I hope that they have the right reasons and I hope that they do it well and good luck, what can I say? I don’t know, I don’t have thoughts other than that. Hang in there, good luck, go get em’.
John Carpenter also weighed in on the remake in an interview with the Wall Street Journal recently, “I’m ambivalent about a remake…On the other hand, it depends on how much they pay me.” He was addressing Johnson’s desire to bring him on board for the reboot. At this point he’s probably thinking, “Oh, how original, Hollywood is remaking yet another one of my movies”.