Fans of John Carpenter’s ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ are either going to be exceptionally pleased by the following statement, or decidedly outraged. It seems that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his producing partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, have set their sights on remaking the cult-classic 80’s film, with Johnson in the lead role. He will be playing Jack Burton, who in the original film was a wise-cracking truck driver hauling the Pork Chop Express (big 18-wheeler truck, filled with pigs). Burton makes a stop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and the film takes off after his friend’s wife is kidnapped. Soon enough he learns the gang members who took her are known as the Lords of Death, who have ties to a much more powerful criminal syndicate associated with an ancient Chinese warrior sect. The film gets even stranger when Burton and his allies take the fight to the Lords of Death, and find themselves facing mystical Chinese creatures, including the leader of the villains, Lo-Pan, an 11-foot tall sorcerer.
True, the plot is a little out-there, but it was the 80s, and the film does have a cult-following, meaning that it has some merits, including the inversion of the classic 80s hero (unstoppable, skilled, confident) into a more normal guy, a bit bumbling, who more often than not seems to get by on luck more than anything else. In the words of Carpenter himself:
“This is a movie about a guy who thinks he’s the Action Hero when he’s really the comic sidekick.”
All of which seems to play right into the type of hero that could be perfect for The Rock, as he has shown time and again how he can effortlessly blend his action skills with his comedic chops, which is going to be absolutely necessary if he wants to pull off a bonkers movie like ‘Big Trouble in Little China,’ with its supernatural elements, comedic hero, and excellent martial arts.
What are your thoughts on Dwayne Johnson filling Kurt Russell’s shoes and producing the movie? Big mistake? Or does it seem about right for Johnson’s career? Let us know your thoughts below!