While speaking to Collider, the project's producer, Hiram Garcia, revealed that there is no intention of rebooting the classic 1986 film that marked the pinnacle of Carpenter's cinematic collaborations with Kurt Russell. In fact, the reality and continuity established with the original movie will be kept intact.
“There’s a lot of things going on with [Big Trouble in Little China]. We are in the process of developing that, and let me tell you, the idea is not to actually remake Big Trouble in Little China," Garcia said. "You can’t remake a classic like that, so what we’re planning to do is we’re going to continue the story. We’re going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China. Everything that happened in the original exists and is standalone, and I think there’s only one person that could ever play Jack Burton, so Dwayne would never try and play that character. So we are just having a lot of fun. We’re actually in a really great space with the story that we’ve cracked. But yeah, no remake. It is a continuation, and we are deep into development on that as well, and I think you’ll start hearing some things about that probably soon.”
Released in the summer of '86, BTILC followed truck driver Jack Burton (Russell), who found himself beneath the streets of Chinatown, embroiled in a battle against an ancient sorcerer (James Hong) who intends to murder his love interest (Kim Cattrall).
Despite being a box-office and critical bomb (thanks, in part, to Aliens) that destroyed Carpenter's verve for mainstream filmmaking, the movie, much like the director's remake of The Thing, is now considered a cherished classic and a seminal piece of '80s cinema that's influenced folks like Taika Waititi.
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