Last week there was a social media furore, (Christ, when is there a week without one?), after it was announced that Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, would be starring in a remake of the 1986 cult classic Big Trouble In Little China.
While die-hard fanboys lost their minds over the announcement I for one actually embraced this news and thought that The Rock would be a perfect fit for Kurt Russell’s wise cracking, truck driving original character Jack Burton. Apparently Johnson spent quite a bit of time reading through the negative reactions to the news and after gauging the fan’s response is now actively campaigning for Kurt Russell to be included in the cast, with director John Carpenter also involved in some, as of yet unknown, capacity on the project.
During a recent interview with EW Johnson had this to say:
“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. I loved the original when I was younger and I loved the main character – all the characters. It felt like if we surrounded ourselves with the right group of people, the right writers who loved the movie too and wanted to honor it, bring on John Carpenter in some capacity…If we did that, then we have a shot at hopefully making something good.”
I doubt Carpenter would be keen to either write or direct this remake so an executive producer role sounds like more of a realistic position for the man. But how exactly would Kurt Russell fit into a remake in any other capacity as the original Jack Burton?