The Rock Aims To Please Fans With Big Trouble Remake
John Carpenter is one of the most revered genre directors of the ’70s and ’80s, but any sense that his films are sacred disappeared long ago. Of the eight features he made during his 1976-1986 peak, four (Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, The Thing) have been remade—and two more (Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China) have remakes on the way.
In other words, Carpenter fans have had several chances to develop a tolerance for mediocre remakes of their favourite movies. While many of these fans have graduated from passionate opposition to jaded indifference, Dwayne Johnson is still determined to earn their approval for his Big Trouble in Little China remake. With that in mind, he has been outspoken in his praise for the 1986 film. “I loved the original when I was younger and I loved the main character – all the characters,” he told Entertainment Weekly recently.
As an added reassurance to Carpenter fans—and his own younger self—Johnson said he hopes to hire the director, if not in the role he originally occupied. By offering Carpenter some kind of token participation and hiring writers “who loved the movie,” Johnson believes he has a shot at “making something good.” He also leaves open the door to the possibility that original star Kurt Russell could eventually come on board. “Let’s see what feels good, what we can come up with and then go from there,” he said, making it clear that the remake could still go away. “If the whole thing starts to stink up, then we thank everybody for their efforts and accept this just couldn’t make it.”
To smell what the Rock is cooking, watch the trailer for the original Big Trouble in Little China below.