During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he wants original director John Carpenter to be involved in the remake of 1986’s Big Trouble In Little China. Johnson will play Jack Burton in the remake, a role originally played by Kurt Russell.
He said: “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.”
Everything including the story is up in the air… The Rock said (see what I did there?) the planning is “the fun part” and hinted that Kurt Russell could be involved.
He added: “Let’s see what feels good, what we can come up with and then go from there. And as we write it, if the whole thing starts to stink up, then we thank everybody for their efforts and accept this just couldn’t make it.”