In John Carpenter’s cult classic 1986 film, Big Trouble in Little China, Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton was a reasonable guy who “experienced some very unreasonable things” when he was drawn into a conflict within the mystical underworld of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Earlier this year, the inevitable remake of Big Trouble in Little China lurched forward with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson potentially taking over the lead role in the film.
During a recent interview with Collider about his new film, Bone Tomahawk, Russell was asked about the upcoming remake of Big Trouble in Little China. He replied “Hey, you know, nothing sacred, why not? Go get it, good luck. I always think it’s interesting what’s gonna be done. Dwayne Johnson I don’t know what his take on it is gonna be, I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, ‘Ok… there’s gotta be a reason.’
“A lot of the humor and the style of that movie was brand new for that time and was very much copied after that, so in its way Big Trouble is definitely a cult film,” Russell added. “So I don’t know what their reasons are for remaking the movie but I hope that they have the right reasons and I hope that they do it well and good luck, what can I say? I don’t know, I don’t have thoughts other than that. Hang in there, good luck, go get em.”
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