In this age of reboots, re-imaginings, and rehashes in our theaters, it’s a semi-surprise that there are certain properties that we would actually want to see a sequel too, but sadly never will. Due to a variety of reasons – budgetary constraints, legal and property rights issues, the logistics of time passing, etc. – certain films and franchises are simply doomed to never again see the light of day on the silver screen.
Yet, there is hope for some – via the magic of alternative takes on story-telling. Such is the case with ‘Big Trouble in Little China,’ the Kurt Russel-led mid-1980s action-fest about truck driver Jack Burton getting swept up in an ancient Chinese supernatural conflict. (Yes, there’s been talks of a “remake” for the last few years, but I’ll believe it when I see it.) Thanks to the fine folks at BOOM! Studios – who have been producing comic-book series in the ‘Big Trouble’ universe for quite some time now – we’ll be getting ‘Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack,’ a comic mini-series that aims to tell a sequel-type tale to the original big-screen story.
Here’s what the series will entail, according to the official press release:
The year is 2020, and hell is literally on Earth. Ching Dai, sick of relying on screw-ups like Lo Pan to do his bidding, has broken the barriers between Earth and the infinite hells, and declared himself ruler of all. Sixty-year-old Jack Burton is alone in a tiny corner of Florida with only his broken radio to talk to, until one day it manages to pick up a message. Someone is out there in the hellscape, and they know a way to stop Ching Dai.
The creation of the comic series appears to be in good hands: it’s co-written by ‘Borderlands 2’ writer Anthony Burch and the original film’s director, John Carpenter himself. You can snag the comic for yourself and check out the tale in just a few short months!
‘Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1’ will be coming to comic book shops and digital reader apps in September 2017.