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Dwayne Johnson Wants John Carpenter For Big Trouble In Little China Remake

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 14:49


Last week it became know that Dwayne Johnson will be starring in the remake of the John Carpenter 1986 cult-favorite flick, Big Trouble In Little China.

The original starred Kurt Russell as tough-guy truck driver Jack Burton who gets caught in-between a mystical feud in Chinatown involving his best friend and a green-eyed woman.

The Rock is set to play the Jack Burton character, and now Johnson states he wants original director John Carpenter involved.

“My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter," Johnson told

Johnson is aware of the fan response not only regarding all the recent remakes Hollywood has been doing as of late, but the reaction to him playing Jack Burton, which was received with mix feelings online.

“I loved the original when I was younger and I loved the main character – all the characters,” Johnson said. “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.”

Johnson, who will also be onboard as a producer, even continues with mention that if things go sour, he would walk away.

“Let’s see what feels good, what we can come up with and then go from there,” Johnson said. “And as we write it, if the whole thing starts to stink up, then we thank everybody for their efforts and accept this just couldn’t make it.”

Regarding the involvement of John Carpenter, fans asked Carpenter on Facebook about his thoughts on the Big Trouble in Little China remake last week, with Carpenter stating: "20th Centry Fox owns the rights," and that "I only know what I read in the papers. I am not involved with it" and "I am doing fine. I didn't write the original one--no harm no foul."