Dwayne Johnson to Star in Big Trouble in Little China Remake

By  · Published on June 2nd, 2015

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“Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, ‘Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.’

Swap in Big Trouble in Little China remake in for storm, and the above quote is all set. Burton can take it. Kurt Russell can take it. John Carpenter can take it – or he should be able to at this point, given that four of his movies have already been redone (we count The Thing as a remake in addition to prequel, right?). And at least two others have been in development at one time or another.

I always figured Big Trouble in Little China is just too unique to ever be remade. There’s a plot, but really the movie is just a mood and a look, and another movie of the same title that merely follows along the same story isn’t going to be much of anything. According to The Wrap, the announced remake will star Dwayne Johnson, so at least it will have a certain kind of charm. A very different kind of charm than Russell had.

The news comes after a weekend where a rumor out of nowhere of a Big Trouble in Little China sequel was circulating, so this is an interesting coincidence. But I wouldn’t mind if this was instead a follow-up putting Johnson alongside Russell and Dennis Dun. If Carpenter came back to direct, that is. It’s not going to happen, but I wouldn’t mind.

The script for the remake is being written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who’ve done their fair share of reworking properties, as evidenced with X-Men: First Class and TV’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and their attachment to the new Power Rangers feature and the Top Gun sequel in development.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.