Recently, our friends over at Collider sat down with Hiram Garcia, president of production at Seven Bucks Productions and - most notably - a producer on the forthcoming Big Trouble In Little China remake. Er, sequel. Wait, no, maybe it's a reboot?
The truth is, we haven't been clear on what to call the new Big Trouble In Little China. We knew The Rock was onboard to headline the film, we knew it was still in its developmental stages, and ... that's about it. Thankfully, Collider got some clarification from him on this point.
“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.”
So, this is interesting: a film set in the universe of Big Trouble In Little China, where the events of that film are canon, but not necessarily a direct sequel to that film? This is kind of the approach taken with another recent The Rock vehicle, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, wherein the events of the first film were nodded to but not necessarily integral to the new film's plot. We're not sure this is the best possible approach for the new Big Trouble In Little China, but then, we're not sure Big Trouble In Little China should have any sequel, prequel, reboot, sidequel, or continuation to begin with. The whole thing feels treacherous.
That said, whatever they come up with won't erase the existence of the original, and - in an absolute worst-case scenario - may end up driving an entirely new generation of film nerds to John Carpenter's 1986 classic. Can't be mad about that.
What do you folks think? Into this approach? Think they should leave well enough alone? Head on over to Collider to read the rest of their report on the matter, or just head on down to the comments to share your thoughts and feelings about Big Trouble In Little China: The New Batch.