A few days ago, it was announced that 20th Century Fox would be remaking Big Trouble in Little China (here), with The Rock taking up the role of Jack Burton. This announcement was met by a resounding WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING by the online community.
Since this announcement, many online commenters have been clamouring for a response from anyone who worked on the 1986 cult classic. Today, John Carpenter broke his silence, though his reaction is hardly what one would expect.
In a conversation that he has with Brett R. Smith (below), John Carpenter slowly walked Brett through who exactly owns the rights and what Carpenter’s position on the remake was. The long and the short of it is that Carpenter doesn’t seem to mind the concept of the reboot, and that he only knows what has been released to the press.
I must admit, this was not the reaction I expected from Carpenter, I thought he would be calm, but I also felt that he would not be happy about the concept of a remake.
As far as the casting of The Rock goes, I actually think this is a solid choice. I think the idea of The Rock taking on the role of the Jack Burton (a character who is meant to be a parody of a stereotypical action hero) makes sense, and could possibly work.
To be perfectly honest, I only saw Big Trouble in Little China for the first time, just under a year ago. While I don’t know how this remake will turn out, I think the Internet needs to adopt a policy of innocent until proven guilty, at least until we hear more on the film.