Will he or won't he get involved? That's the big question facing original Big Trouble in Little China director John Carpenter in regards to Dwayne Johnson's upcoming remake. Recently, Dwayne Johnson expressed his desires to bring in both John Carpenter and original star Kurt Russell for his Big Trouble in Little China redo in some capacity. But don't look for John Carpenter to get too excited about it, or involved creatively. He doesn't seem very interested in the project, unless the paycheck is just right. And as we all know, doing things solely for money usually doesn't turn out well. Just look at the awful remake of the director's The Fog, which he served as an executive producer on. It remains one of the worst Hollywood remakes ever made. In response to Dwayne Johnson's request, John Carpenter tells The Wall Street Journal:
"I'm ambivalent about a remake. On the other hand, it depends on how much they pay me."
The director went onto reveal that Dwayne Johnson has yet to reach out in person:
"It's very early in the process. I haven't spoken to Dwayne Johnson about any of this."
This echoes statements made by Dwayne Johnson last week. The script, which is being written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, is still being hammered out. And according to the action icon, it will be thrown in the trash if it's no good. In earlier comments, John Carpenter claimed to be 'fine' with the remake, as he didn't write it. 'No harm, no foul' he stated in his trademark deadpan way. But he does think Kurt Russell will be impossible to replace...Maybe...
"It would be hard if not impossible to replace Kurt Russell as Jack Burton. On the other hand, Johnson has a comic touch in his performances, so perhaps."
John Carpenter is no stranger to remakes. Along with The Fog, he's also seen his horror classic, Halloween get remade by Rob Zombie to mixed reactions, along with a 2005 redo of Assault on Precinct 13. There was also a prequel to his beloved The Thing, which didn't hit well with audiences. And a reboot of Escape From New York has been planned for a while. There's no wonder why he is ambivalent in terms of another remake. Will he join Big Trouble in Little China in some capacity? We'll have to wait and see.