In case you were wondering, Dwayne Johnson is still committed to making all the movies. In an interview with Fandango.com, the Central Intelligence actor — who also stars in the upcoming Moana, Baywatch, Fast 8, Jumanji, and San Andreas 2, to name just a few — said that his reported remake of Big Trouble in Little China is still in the works.
“That’s happening, man!” Johnson told the website. “That’s happening, that’s happening. And again, that’s one of those things where you gotta take really good care of it.“
He said “it’s happening” three times, so it must be true, right? The remake of John Carpenter’s 1986 action comedy, about a truck driver (Kurt Russell) who discovers a sinister world of magic in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was reported by TheWrap last June — but no news has surfaced about it since. However, the star and director of the original film have both expressed ambivalence about a remake, with Carpenter literally saying, “I’m ambivalent about a remake.” Russell, whose role Johnson would be playing, told Collider, “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?”
As for Johnson, he told Entertainment Weekly last year that the project would be a labor of love. “I loved the original when I was younger and I loved the main character – all the characters,” said Johnson. “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.”
Watch the original ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ trailer:
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