When it was first announced in 2015 that Dwayne Johnson was developing a remake to the 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China, fans were asking WTF. However, fans can now be relieved as some new details have emerged.
Hiram Garcia, Johnson’s business partner at Seven Bucks Productions, revealed that the so-called remake is actually going the Jumanji route and instead of being a remake or reboot, it will actually be a sequel. Garcia had this to say about the film:
“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. 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.”
Johnson also mentioned wanting to bring in John Carpenter, the director of the original film. Carpenter recently returned as executive producer and composer of the upcoming Halloween sequel/reboot that will serve as an official sequel to Carpenter’s original 1978 classic. So, there is some hope there.
In any case, with Johnson’s insanely busy schedule, don’t expect the Big Trouble in Little China sequel for at least a year or two.