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Dwayne Johnson to star in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China

06.01.2015

When I woke up this morning I had no idea that one of the best cult classics of the 80's would be heading for the remake train.

One of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's favourite films is BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA; in fact he loves it so much that The Wrap has reported that he's currently under negotiations to star and produce in a remake of the John Carpenter classic. The writers of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, are already on board to write the script. Dwayne Johnson will play Jack Burton, the role which played to perfection by Kurt Russell in the original, an All-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA was originally released in 1986 where it received a mixed reaction and a very disappointing box-office gross; however, it thankfully found its audience in the years that followed and has enjoyed a well deserved following. If it were anyone else, I'd probably be rolling my eyes right about now; but Dwayne Johnson has that certain something that could make this project one of the few successful remakes. That said, remakes of John Carpenter's films have yet to lived up to the originals but I suppose there's always a first time.

How do you folks feel about this BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA remake with Johnson as the lead?

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9:14AM on 06/03/2015
If The Rock is going to be in it, then I'm down. I don't get bent out of shape over remakes. I don't feel they'll ruin the original (don't even know how that works). I'm always willing to see what someone else can bring to the table, so I'm not against this and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
If The Rock is going to be in it, then I'm down. I don't get bent out of shape over remakes. I don't feel they'll ruin the original (don't even know how that works). I'm always willing to see what someone else can bring to the table, so I'm not against this and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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5:56AM on 06/03/2015
I've never had a problem with remakes - I mean I loved the original Fright Night and Robocop movies...but was more than willing to give the remakes a go. As it is, they turned out to be very poor remakes having nothing that made the originals so enjoyable to watch. Big Trouble in Little China has so much goodness in it...from the over the top but so very memorable lines delivered by Kurt Russell . I mean the way he delivers things like "What does that mean? Huh? "China is here." I don't
I've never had a problem with remakes - I mean I loved the original Fright Night and Robocop movies...but was more than willing to give the remakes a go. As it is, they turned out to be very poor remakes having nothing that made the originals so enjoyable to watch. Big Trouble in Little China has so much goodness in it...from the over the top but so very memorable lines delivered by Kurt Russell . I mean the way he delivers things like "What does that mean? Huh? "China is here." I don't even know what the hell that means" or "Are you crazy, is that your problem?"...total lolzzzzz. It had fantastic theme tune too. This "remake" is doomed - they just won't be able to recreate everything that made Big Trouble in Little China so very likable.
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3:53PM on 06/02/2015

NO NO NO NO

Fuck you Hollywood you unoriginal fucking douche bags!!! Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of The Rock, but he is not Jack Burton, and this movie should never be remade. If they have to besmirch the goodnes that if BTILC, then make it a sequel and bring back Kurt Russell as Jack Burton and have the Rock as a new character. They are never going to be able to recapture the magic of the original classic, partly because it was soooo 1980's. This is a shit load of fuck.
Fuck you Hollywood you unoriginal fucking douche bags!!! Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of The Rock, but he is not Jack Burton, and this movie should never be remade. If they have to besmirch the goodnes that if BTILC, then make it a sequel and bring back Kurt Russell as Jack Burton and have the Rock as a new character. They are never going to be able to recapture the magic of the original classic, partly because it was soooo 1980's. This is a shit load of fuck.
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12:34PM on 06/02/2015

Oh boy, because the last 20 remakes of 80s movies worked out so well...

Hasn't Hollywood done enough to ruin 80s movies? I thought for sure the epic bomb that is Poltergeist would have scared off hollywood for a little while.

Odds are though that this movie gets cancelled or so far pushed back nobody will even remember this news anyways.
Hasn't Hollywood done enough to ruin 80s movies? I thought for sure the epic bomb that is Poltergeist would have scared off hollywood for a little while.

Odds are though that this movie gets cancelled or so far pushed back nobody will even remember this news anyways.
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11:32AM on 06/02/2015

little point

there is little point in saying that i do or do not want this. regardless of what anyone on this site says, they are goin g to go ahead with remaking whatever they want. i thought somebody might have learnt from the poor numbers that poltergeist is doing at the box office. vote with your wallets people
there is little point in saying that i do or do not want this. regardless of what anyone on this site says, they are goin g to go ahead with remaking whatever they want. i thought somebody might have learnt from the poor numbers that poltergeist is doing at the box office. vote with your wallets people
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10:15AM on 06/02/2015

Please don't

Please, no remake. Do a sequel instead with the original cast.
Please, no remake. Do a sequel instead with the original cast.
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8:22AM on 06/02/2015
I'd have been on board for a delayed sequel with Kurt Russell and preferably with Carpenter directing.
Not sure about this, really. The Rock's a likeable guy and can do comedy action well enough.
Tough call - I love the original and would prefer a straight sequel, but you have to assume a remake would be so different in tone and character portrayal that maybe it would still work as its own thing. Guess time will tell.
I don't hate the idea, but what might have been still sounds like more fun
I'd have been on board for a delayed sequel with Kurt Russell and preferably with Carpenter directing.
Not sure about this, really. The Rock's a likeable guy and can do comedy action well enough.
Tough call - I love the original and would prefer a straight sequel, but you have to assume a remake would be so different in tone and character portrayal that maybe it would still work as its own thing. Guess time will tell.
I don't hate the idea, but what might have been still sounds like more fun to me.
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3:49AM on 06/02/2015

bring back James Hong!!

not sure about this. I do think he is a good actor, and I do believe he can do comedy. I know a lot of people hated Be Cool, but I thought he was funny in that movie. I guess it's just gonna be real hard to see anyone in the role that Kurt Russell made famous. I mean he is Jack Burton!!
not sure about this. I do think he is a good actor, and I do believe he can do comedy. I know a lot of people hated Be Cool, but I thought he was funny in that movie. I guess it's just gonna be real hard to see anyone in the role that Kurt Russell made famous. I mean he is Jack Burton!!
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3:24AM on 06/02/2015
As much as I love The Rock, there is no need to remake Big Trouble In Little China, it will most likely be a CGI mess & the original is the very definition of a cult classic, it still holds up today.
As much as I love The Rock, there is no need to remake Big Trouble In Little China, it will most likely be a CGI mess & the original is the very definition of a cult classic, it still holds up today.
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2:51AM on 06/02/2015

The horror

The horror. The horror.
The horror. The horror.
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2:45AM on 06/02/2015

No thank you.

I'm not one to hate on remakes and have actually enjoyed many of the ones I have seen and I don't buy the whole "ruining my memories" thought process that many haters like to use.
However, as Kevin has already pointed out, Kurt Russell already played Jack Burton to perfection and as much as I enjoy Dwayne Johnson as an actor, I don't think he can do the role any justice.
I'm not one to hate on remakes and have actually enjoyed many of the ones I have seen and I don't buy the whole "ruining my memories" thought process that many haters like to use.
However, as Kevin has already pointed out, Kurt Russell already played Jack Burton to perfection and as much as I enjoy Dwayne Johnson as an actor, I don't think he can do the role any justice.
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1:11AM on 06/02/2015

Nope..

The Rock is great in all.. but why does hollywood think he is good in every single Roll...

Look at every movie he has been in, none have actually really succeeded aside from Fast and Furious. To cast him in this Reboot is just completely off .. But perhaps its a reboot that will be completely different from the original and they might make it work.
The Rock is great in all.. but why does hollywood think he is good in every single Roll...

Look at every movie he has been in, none have actually really succeeded aside from Fast and Furious. To cast him in this Reboot is just completely off .. But perhaps its a reboot that will be completely different from the original and they might make it work.
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11:13PM on 06/01/2015
I like Johnson but I have major issues about this casting ,he is totally wrong for this role. I get that remakes are going to happen but at least try and get the casting right.
I like Johnson but I have major issues about this casting ,he is totally wrong for this role. I get that remakes are going to happen but at least try and get the casting right.
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12:52AM on 06/02/2015
Jonson can't hold a capacity to Russel in any capacity. Even outside of this Snake Pliskin lighting a cigaret is fifty times as badass as anything Johnson will do in his entire career.

And no he is'nt the right person to play this role. He could be a believable dumbass but not a likable one. He also lacks the everyman vibe. He's charismatic but in that extreamly fake, trying to hard movie star, kind of way.
Jonson can't hold a capacity to Russel in any capacity. Even outside of this Snake Pliskin lighting a cigaret is fifty times as badass as anything Johnson will do in his entire career.

And no he is'nt the right person to play this role. He could be a believable dumbass but not a likable one. He also lacks the everyman vibe. He's charismatic but in that extreamly fake, trying to hard movie star, kind of way.
10:58PM on 06/01/2015

I agree this movie should not be remade

but if they're going to do this, Dwayne Johnson is by far the best choice to play Jack Burton, outside of ol' Kurt himself. He has the charisma, he has the comic timing and he has the action chops.

Bring on the downvotes.
but if they're going to do this, Dwayne Johnson is by far the best choice to play Jack Burton, outside of ol' Kurt himself. He has the charisma, he has the comic timing and he has the action chops.

Bring on the downvotes.
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11:07PM on 06/01/2015
I like the Rock a lot, but this is not his type of character. The Rock looks intimidating and is a believable badass. Russell is more an every-man who wants to be tough but is a little unsure of himself hence the need for an automatic weapon or trying to retrieve the knife he just let fly. The Rock can't pull of every-man material he is practically a superhero if he popped off a couple shots into the ceiling we would not believe he got knocked out by the falling debris or get stuck under an
I like the Rock a lot, but this is not his type of character. The Rock looks intimidating and is a believable badass. Russell is more an every-man who wants to be tough but is a little unsure of himself hence the need for an automatic weapon or trying to retrieve the knife he just let fly. The Rock can't pull of every-man material he is practically a superhero if he popped off a couple shots into the ceiling we would not believe he got knocked out by the falling debris or get stuck under an heavily armored soldier. That's what makes Burton so beloved he is all of us wanting to be heroic and talking a big game but it takes some dumb luck to pull it off. Nobody plays blue-collar heroism better than Russell.
10:44PM on 06/01/2015
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please god don't be true!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please god don't be true!!!
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10:43PM on 06/01/2015
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10:21PM on 06/01/2015
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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10:13PM on 06/01/2015
Go home Hollywood. You're drunk.
Go home Hollywood. You're drunk.
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10:11PM on 06/01/2015
Nope, pass. Fucking ridiculous.
Nope, pass. Fucking ridiculous.
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10:10PM on 06/01/2015
Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.
Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.
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9:34PM on 06/01/2015

Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the president. And tell him this is the worst idea in history.

NO NO NO. This is in my top five movies of all time. For the sake of all things holy this should never be remade. A sequel with Russell Hell yes! A reboot without him, to quote Burton himself: " I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things." The Rock is no Russell but if he wanted to play sidekick or the villain then we might have something, but like Egg Shen said YOU LEAVE JACK BURTON ALONE!!!
NO NO NO. This is in my top five movies of all time. For the sake of all things holy this should never be remade. A sequel with Russell Hell yes! A reboot without him, to quote Burton himself: " I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things." The Rock is no Russell but if he wanted to play sidekick or the villain then we might have something, but like Egg Shen said YOU LEAVE JACK BURTON ALONE!!!
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10:11PM on 06/01/2015
Did you pick up the reaction figures. I got them all. Really cool.
Did you pick up the reaction figures. I got them all. Really cool.
10:26PM on 06/01/2015
NO I had no idea they had those I have only seen them for Goonies and Back to the Future. I will be ordering them soon. Thanks for the heads up, they are badass just looked them up.
NO I had no idea they had those I have only seen them for Goonies and Back to the Future. I will be ordering them soon. Thanks for the heads up, they are badass just looked them up.
9:32PM on 06/01/2015

I have to admit...

I might get some hate for this but I hated the original. While I like the premise I think The Rock will put some much needed juice into the idea. I also think it will greatly benefit from updated CGI...
I might get some hate for this but I hated the original. While I like the premise I think The Rock will put some much needed juice into the idea. I also think it will greatly benefit from updated CGI...
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9:37PM on 06/01/2015
You hated the original? Your right you will get some hate starting with I hate you.
You hated the original? Your right you will get some hate starting with I hate you.
10:13PM on 06/01/2015
The hate is on.
The hate is on.
10:35PM on 06/01/2015
If you got hate in your heart let it out!
If you got hate in your heart let it out!
11:06PM on 06/01/2015
It's grown on me with repeat viewings but I will somewhat agree with you. Hated it the first time I saw it and still think it's a goofy and at times very dumb film. That being said it is funny and the role reversal is very unique.
It's grown on me with repeat viewings but I will somewhat agree with you. Hated it the first time I saw it and still think it's a goofy and at times very dumb film. That being said it is funny and the role reversal is very unique.
11:17PM on 06/02/2015
Well, it's supposed to be stupid and outrageous. In that aspect, the film succeeds wildly. The problem is they'll never get any of the main characters right. Even Kim Cattrall was perfect in her weird, over-acting role.

If they try to make it "cool," it will ruin what was cool about the movie. It's like being stupid enough to remake Evil Dead.....Oh wait......
Well, it's supposed to be stupid and outrageous. In that aspect, the film succeeds wildly. The problem is they'll never get any of the main characters right. Even Kim Cattrall was perfect in her weird, over-acting role.

If they try to make it "cool," it will ruin what was cool about the movie. It's like being stupid enough to remake Evil Dead.....Oh wait......
9:19PM on 06/01/2015

If I could make this bar any redder...

This news is just about as bad as remaking Ghostbusters.
This news is just about as bad as remaking Ghostbusters.
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9:00PM on 06/01/2015
Oh fuck off!
Oh fuck off!
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8:48PM on 06/01/2015
Love The Rock but hes no Jack Burton. Just bring in Kurt Russell, if Bruce Campbell can come back for Ash Kurt can do the same. If this wants to succeed even the slightest bit they 1. Need to bring in John Carpenter (which they wont bring) 2. Have Kurt Russell come back as Jack (even as a cameo) and 3. Make the Rock a totally different character in the same universe. It might have a chance then.
Love The Rock but hes no Jack Burton. Just bring in Kurt Russell, if Bruce Campbell can come back for Ash Kurt can do the same. If this wants to succeed even the slightest bit they 1. Need to bring in John Carpenter (which they wont bring) 2. Have Kurt Russell come back as Jack (even as a cameo) and 3. Make the Rock a totally different character in the same universe. It might have a chance then.
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8:42PM on 06/01/2015

There's only ONE Jack Burton!

I would totally be up for Kurt Russell returning, along with The Rock for a two-man macho adventure. THAT would be cool!
I would totally be up for Kurt Russell returning, along with The Rock for a two-man macho adventure. THAT would be cool!
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9:25PM on 06/01/2015
Now That is a better idea than this remake.
Now That is a better idea than this remake.
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8:39PM on 06/01/2015

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo

Don't remake this masterpiece. I like Rock but he is no Kurt Russell
Don't remake this masterpiece. I like Rock but he is no Kurt Russell
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8:06PM on 06/01/2015
I like the Rock a lot, but this is one of the stupidest things I've heard of in a long time.
I like the Rock a lot, but this is one of the stupidest things I've heard of in a long time.
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7:53PM on 06/01/2015
One step forward, two steps back for Johnson.
One step forward, two steps back for Johnson.
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7:45PM on 06/01/2015
I like The Rock a lot. I enjoy his movies. But this is the first time that I really hope he won't take the role. Leave the classic as it is.
I like The Rock a lot. I enjoy his movies. But this is the first time that I really hope he won't take the role. Leave the classic as it is.
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7:44PM on 06/01/2015

What. The. Fuck?

This is fucking sacrilege.
This is fucking sacrilege.
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7:32PM on 06/01/2015
The Rock is a fan of whatever brand/franchise gives him his checks.
The Rock is a fan of whatever brand/franchise gives him his checks.
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7:18PM on 06/01/2015
If he's really a fan he'll understand that this is a movie that can't be touched. You literally can't remake it. Any attempt to do so will fail and there will never come a day when Johnson can hold a candle to Kurt Russel.
If he's really a fan he'll understand that this is a movie that can't be touched. You literally can't remake it. Any attempt to do so will fail and there will never come a day when Johnson can hold a candle to Kurt Russel.
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7:09PM on 06/01/2015
the world is end
the world is end
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7:07PM on 06/01/2015
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no way!!!
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no way!!!
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7:04PM on 06/01/2015
Oh, for fuck's sake! Is nothing sacred?
Oh, for fuck's sake! Is nothing sacred?
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