Producer Hiram Garcia explained a couple of months ago that it's not going to be a remake of director Carpenter's 1986 cult classic, starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton. Instead, the new film would "continue the universe of 'Big Trouble in Little China.'"
Whatever they do, Carpenter isn't exactly behind it.
CinemaBlend asked a panel of "Halloween" filmmakers about the new trend of sequels/continuations over remakes, using "Big Trouble in Little China" as an example. Carpenter pretty much dismissed the movie out of hand:
"They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson. That's what they want. So they just picked that title. They don't give a sh*t about me and my movie. That movie wasn't a success."
It's true that "Big Trouble in Little China" only made $11.1 million at the 1986 box office, off a reported budget around $20 million. That doesn't mean the "Big Trouble" sequel filmmakers don't care about the action-fantasy, since it definitely developed a fan base. It sounds like they're just trying to replicate the success of Johnson's "Jumanji" continuation/sequel "Welcome to the Jungle."
Back in August, Garcia said they were "deep into development" on the "Big Trouble" sequel, and we'd be hearing things about that pretty soon.
Meanwhile, Carpenter -- who directed the original "Halloween" in 1978 -- is part of the team promoting the 2018 "Halloween," which opens in theaters October 19. For the record, he never envisioned any sequels to that "Halloween" movie either. "Boy, was I wrong, huh?"
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