Dwayne Johnson’s Take on ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Will Be a Sequel and Not a Remake

It’s been over three years since we first heard the rumblings about Dwayne Johnson working on a remake of “Big Trouble in Little China.”  With that long of a dry spell you tend to think a project might be dead, but some recent news suggests that it is still very much alive and possibly taking on a different form.

Collider recently got the chance to talk with Hiram Garcia, one of the producers on the Dwayne Johnson project, and so they seized the opportunity to ask him what was going on with the film.  Turns out, it’s not a remake anymore.  In fact, it’s a full on sequel to the original story.  Here’s what he had to tell them:

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.

Very astute of them to recognize that there can only be one Jack Burton.  The whole point of the original film was that Jack wasn’t the big hero he thought he was in, in fact, he’s the bumbling sidekick who manages to come through in the end.  That’s not the type of roll some like Dwayne Johnson can pull off.  It worked so well for Kurt because he just looked like some average handsome regular guy who wandered into a crazy situation.  The Rock is great, but he doesn’t fit that mold.  So having him play an entirely different character is a smart move.

And, to be honest, I’m not opposed to a sequel.  The world of “Big Trouble” is incredibly fascinating.  We barely scratch the surface of it in the first film so I’m dying to know what other crazy crap goes down in that universe.  There’s a lot they can explore so if they take this opportunity and run with it they could really create something special.

What do you think?  Are you willing to accept a sequel of “Big Trouble” instead of a remake? Let us know.

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