John Carpenter suggests Big Trouble in Little China would be a fun video game

Director John Carpenter thinks the concept of his 1986 classic Big Trouble in Little China would make for a fun video game

Legendary director John Carpenter is currently doing the press rounds to promote his new unscripted TV series, John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams (you can read our review at THIS LINK), and during an interview with he was asked which of his films he thinks would make for the best film-to-video game adaptation. His answer: the 1986 martial arts fantasy adventure Big Trouble in Little China (watch it HERE)!

Here’s the direct quote from Carpenter: “I think, maybe Big Trouble in Little China, it seems to me would be a fun video game and kick ass. There’s also, by the way, a Thing card game. I mean, there’s a lot of these games. There’s actually a They Live game. I don’t know that there would ever be a Prince of Darkness game. I don’t see that.

Now that Carpenter mentions it, it’s kind of shocking that Big Trouble in Little China hasn’t gotten a kick ass video game adaptation in recent years. (There was a game in ’86 that apparently didn’t make much of an impression.) It would be a lot of fun to fight your way through the underground with Jack Burton and Wang Chi.

In case you missed it, Big Trouble in Little China stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a tough-talking truck driver whose life goes into a supernatural tailspin when his best friend’s fiancée is kidnapped. Jack suddenly finds himself in a murky, danger-filled world beneath San Francisco’s Chinatown, where Lo Pan, a 2,000-year-old magician, mercilessly rules an empire of spirits. Facing down a host of unearthly terrors, Jack battles through Lo Pan’s dark domain in a full-throttle, action-riddled ride to rescue the girl.

Dennis Dun takes on the role of Jack’s friend (and actual primary hero of the film) Wang Chi, with James Hong as Lo Pan. Also in the cast are Kim Cattrall, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax, and Suzee Pai.

Would you like to play a Big Trouble in Little China video game? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

While we wonder why that video game isn’t in the works right now, John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams begins streaming on Peacock this Friday, October 13th.

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