Early this summer it was announced that 20th Century Fox was intent on remaking John Carpenter‘s 1986 action-comedy-horror cult classic Big Trouble in Little China with Dwayne Johnson starring as heroic truck driver Jack Burton. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) are penning the script.
Kurt Russell, who played Burton in the original, was asked for his thoughts on the Big Trouble remake during an interview to promote the release of his new western Bone Tomahawk (which is pretty great by the way), and you can see what he had to say below.
When asked about the Big Trouble remake, the iconic man of silver screen action responded:
“Hey, you know, nothing sacred, why not? Go get it, good luck. I always think it’s interesting what’s gonna be done.”
He also admitted that he had no idea what direction Johnson intends to take the remake in, but did say, “I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, “˜Ok”¦ there’s gotta be a reason.'” (I’ll give you a hint, Mr. Russell…. $$$$)
Before offering the remake of the new Big Trouble in Little China his reluctant blessing, Russell took the time to explain the enduring appeal of the original film and hoped the remake was happening for a good 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. 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.”
This isn’t the only remake of a Carpenter classic in development at Fox; the studio acquired the rights to redo the director’s 1981 futuristic action-thriller Escape from New York, which also starred Russell, in January of this year. Luther creator Neil Cross was recently signed to write the screenplay. Past remakes of Carpenter films such as Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, and most notoriously, Halloween, were not greeted warmly by audiences and critics of the time. The less said about the half-baked 2011 prequel to The Thing, the better.
Bone Tomahawk is currently playing in select theaters nationwide and streaming on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. Russell can next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s epic widescreen western The Hateful Eight, which opens in limited release on December 25, 2015.