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Milk the Franchise | January 17, 2018

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Big Trouble in Little China

WRITERS: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz
PRODUCERS: Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia
CAST: Dwayne Johnson
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Seven Bucks Productions


The 1986 film starred Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi rescue Wang’s green-eyed fiancee from bandits in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The film grossed only $11 million, just over half of its $20 million budget. The commercial failure led director John Carpenter to leave the Hollywood studio system and focus on independent film.


The film has since become a cult classic, prompting Dwayne Johnson into developing a remake. Carpenter said later. “I’m ambivalent about a remake.” Kurt Russell has expressed interest in the remake, and Johnson has stated he would like the original Jack Burton to make an appearance.


In November 2015, Russell talked about the remake: “I don’t think anything’s sacred. I know why we did a remake of The Thing with John Carpenter. John wanted to do a movie that was called The Thing, but it was really from the short story “Who Goes There?” I thought that was exciting – it was a movie about paranoia. I liked that – it was quite different from the movie that was made in 1951 so ours was quite different.


“I have no idea what they’re going to do with Big Trouble in Little China. I know why we made it – it was quite fresh and different at the time, and it became a cult movie. I’ve done four or five characters that they’ve made dolls of, and Jack Burton was one of them. Hopefully they’ll find the right tone and reason. The director’s got his work cut out for him.”


Russell added “You’d have to see it. I don’t know. I don’t know what the movie is. I don’t know what the role is. I don’t know what they’re going after. I have no idea – just like everybody else. I just have to see it and say yeah or nay. There’s no reason not to do it… my wish is that they come up with something that’s better than what we were trying to do.With ours, some of the things that we did had never been done. It was a different kind of a thing. The first thing we did was flip the concept of leading man and sidekick. I don’t know what it is about Big Trouble that they want to fool with to make it fresh and new and different, but heh, good luck!”