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Dwayne Johnson responds to the Big Trouble in Little China remake backlash

06.08.2015

I think it's safe to say that the bulk of you weren't too keen on last week's announcement that Dwayne Johnson would be involved with a remake of the 80s cult-classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Sure, that movie didn't exactly make waves upon its initial release, but the classic John Carpenter/Kurt Russell duo gave that movie some legs that has since run into the hearts of cinephiles everywhere. Very few remakes are worth anyone's time and the good news is that Dwayne Johnson is remaining very conscious of this. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, he addressed the backlash as well as what he hopes to accomplish with this remake.

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.
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 has always been a charismatic guy and I believe him when he says he means to do right with this project. There's no harm in writing a script to see what comes of it, and I doubt any studio would put that much pressure on getting this remade (as opposed to, say, POLTERGEIST). I'd be curious to see what Carpenter and Russell would have to say on the matter given their distaste for the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake that's never really made it off the ground.

It's going to be tough to deliver those one-liners as well as Kurt Russell!

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5:06AM on 06/09/2015
Maybe we can NOT USE SO MUCH FREAKIN' CGI for a change? That would be something fresh wouldn't it? I swear it's like eating synthetic, genetically modified food everyday for more than a decade. Go get the old pros who did the effects on the original and make something fresh out of it.
Maybe we can NOT USE SO MUCH FREAKIN' CGI for a change? That would be something fresh wouldn't it? I swear it's like eating synthetic, genetically modified food everyday for more than a decade. Go get the old pros who did the effects on the original and make something fresh out of it.
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4:06AM on 06/09/2015
I'm skeptical too, but the fact that he wants to bring in Carpenter and that he said he loved the movie as a kid gives me hope. I also like the fact that he says if the script starts to stink up, then we just don't make it. I'd love a sequel with him and Kurt Russell, but I don't think that's gonna happen.
I'm skeptical too, but the fact that he wants to bring in Carpenter and that he said he loved the movie as a kid gives me hope. I also like the fact that he says if the script starts to stink up, then we just don't make it. I'd love a sequel with him and Kurt Russell, but I don't think that's gonna happen.
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3:50AM on 06/09/2015
Bringing in Carpenter is a start but the only way this truly works is bringing in Russell as Burton in a sequel where Johnson is his ass kicking sidekick. Or maybe Johnson is some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac who grabs Burton's neck, taps the back of his favorite head up against the barroom wall, and looks him crooked in the eye and he asks Burton if he paid his dues, and Burton just stares that big sucker right back in the eye, and says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?"
Bringing in Carpenter is a start but the only way this truly works is bringing in Russell as Burton in a sequel where Johnson is his ass kicking sidekick. Or maybe Johnson is some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac who grabs Burton's neck, taps the back of his favorite head up against the barroom wall, and looks him crooked in the eye and he asks Burton if he paid his dues, and Burton just stares that big sucker right back in the eye, and says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail." And then they get caught up in some next level mythological shit! I could live with that! But a straight up reboot is a donkey kick to the balls.
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10:09PM on 06/08/2015
Dwayne Johnson is probably one of the most honest & sincere people in the business. Look how he is all over social media & loves & respect his fans.I think he means well but do we honestly need another remake to a cult classic. Did it work for Robocop, Total Recall or Ninja Turtles?
Dwayne Johnson is probably one of the most honest & sincere people in the business. Look how he is all over social media & loves & respect his fans.I think he means well but do we honestly need another remake to a cult classic. Did it work for Robocop, Total Recall or Ninja Turtles?
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10:38PM on 06/08/2015
Nope. But it worked for Evil Dead, Dredd, Star Trek 2009 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. So ya never know.
Nope. But it worked for Evil Dead, Dredd, Star Trek 2009 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. So ya never know.
6:43PM on 06/08/2015

If a BTiLC remake is going to happen ...

Dwayne Johnson is probably the best choice among bankable movie stars. Yes, he's built like a super-hero but he has the acting chops, the charisma and the comic timing to do a good job.
Dwayne Johnson is probably the best choice among bankable movie stars. Yes, he's built like a super-hero but he has the acting chops, the charisma and the comic timing to do a good job.
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7:25PM on 06/08/2015
I LOVE the guy. Big fan going back to college football days. Truth is truth, he is not a bankable movie star - on his own. Better get a good cast around him or it will be another box office let down.
I LOVE the guy. Big fan going back to college football days. Truth is truth, he is not a bankable movie star - on his own. Better get a good cast around him or it will be another box office let down.
6:02PM on 06/09/2015
also, The appeal of Jack Burton is that hes an everyman kinda guy in an incredible situation. The Rock is not an everyman kinda guy
also, The appeal of Jack Burton is that hes an everyman kinda guy in an incredible situation. The Rock is not an everyman kinda guy
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6:30PM on 06/08/2015
Why not make a sequel, and bring on Kurt Russell to co-star with? If you truly loved the movie you wouldn't cover it up with a remake sticker.
Why not make a sequel, and bring on Kurt Russell to co-star with? If you truly loved the movie you wouldn't cover it up with a remake sticker.
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4:11AM on 06/09/2015
I believe in the dvd commentary Russell said he wasn't interested in doing a sequel.
I believe in the dvd commentary Russell said he wasn't interested in doing a sequel.
4:56AM on 06/09/2015
...which brings us back to the question, why are they making it in the first place?
...which brings us back to the question, why are they making it in the first place?
6:27PM on 06/08/2015
I have less interest in this than I do in eating the corns on the bottom of my feet.
I have less interest in this than I do in eating the corns on the bottom of my feet.
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2:09PM on 06/08/2015

Make it a western

as was the original's initial plan. That would at least be different.
as was the original's initial plan. That would at least be different.
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1:43PM on 06/08/2015
If you want to honor the original, then don't remake it.
How about a true sequel?
If you want to honor the original, then don't remake it.
How about a true sequel?
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5:01PM on 06/08/2015
With Kurt Russell.
With Kurt Russell.
5:29PM on 06/08/2015
And the Pork Chop Express!

Always good to read your responses Razgriz21
And the Pork Chop Express!

Always good to read your responses Razgriz21
4:12AM on 06/09/2015
I believe in the dvd commentary Russell said he wasn't interested in a sequel.
I believe in the dvd commentary Russell said he wasn't interested in a sequel.
1:24PM on 06/08/2015
So a studio will sink millions into pre-production and walk away if it doesnt meet the smell test?
So a studio will sink millions into pre-production and walk away if it doesnt meet the smell test?
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1:10PM on 06/08/2015
If you don't like this you're a racist. SJW's unite!!!!
If you don't like this you're a racist. SJW's unite!!!!
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1:22PM on 06/08/2015
All right, ThunderStorm21. We get it. Enough already.
All right, ThunderStorm21. We get it. Enough already.
3:02PM on 06/08/2015
lol
lol
6:23PM on 06/08/2015
Justice never takes a day off.
Justice never takes a day off.
6:27PM on 06/08/2015
Especially smelly social justice.
Especially smelly social justice.
12:52PM on 06/08/2015
Johnson is above this type of remake material.
Johnson is above this type of remake material.
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1:12PM on 06/08/2015
walking tall, get smart, witch mountain, journey to the center of the earth, hercules
walking tall, get smart, witch mountain, journey to the center of the earth, hercules
2:51PM on 06/08/2015
Mic drop by coremax lol
Mic drop by coremax lol
3:02PM on 06/08/2015
[link] HAHAHA
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