Anytime a remake gets announced, you can expect fans to react negatively. That happened this past week, when it was widely reported that Dwayne Johnson is planning to remake the cult hit Big Trouble in Little China. The film may not have been a blockbuster success upon its arrival in theaters way back in 1986, but it certainly has a strong and loyal fan base. Dwayne Johnson knew, even before telling the world, that his plans would be rejected by a big portion of the audience. He read all the reactions online, and now he is responding in his own unique way. He claims to be going after John Carpenter in some capacity, but it isn't known if he wants the master to direct or write. He also wants to bring original star Kurt Russell into the conversation. He tells EW:
"I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized, I'm the same way. My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter. I loved the original when I was younger and I loved the main character - all the characters. It felt like if we surrounded ourselves with the right group of people, the right writers who loved the movie too and wanted to honor it, bring on John Carpenter in some capacity...If we did that, then we have a shot at hopefully making something good."
John Carpenter revealed in an online interview last week that he is 'fine' with the remake as he did not write the original script. 'No harm, no foul.' He remarked, so it's not likely that he will be coming on to collaborate on the screenplay, which already has Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class) signed to pen the script. No director is attached yet, but it's not likely that John Carpenter will sign on in that capacity either. He hasn't directed a movie since 2010's The Ward. He did serve as a producer on the 2005 remake of his movie The Fog, so it's most likely that he will be asked to serve as an executive producer if nothing else.
Dwayne Johnson is well aware that the film has the potential to suck. He has made a promise to fans that if the scrip is bad, they will walk away. He explains:
"Let's see what feels good, what we can come up with and then go from there. And as we write it, if the whole thing starts to stink up, then we thank everybody for their efforts and accept this just couldn't make it."
Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell share the screen right now in the blockbuster hit sequel Furious 7. Do you think they discussed the remake on the set of that movie? Do you think Dwayne Johnson may be headed down the right path with this remake? Or is it clearly a really bad idea? Let us know know your thoughts in the comments section! Hopefully a director will be announced soon.