by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Time to add another chapter to what may be on of the most polarizing news stories in recent weeks.
The news out of Hollywood is that we can expect a remake of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China. Action star Dwayne Johnson is set to channel his inner Kurt Russell and take over the role of bumbling “hero” Jack Burton.
Carpenter started out as neutral on the topic of the remake. He took part in a discussion on Facebook where he said he was “okay” with the newer version. Seeing as he didn’t write the original he said it was a case of “no harm, no foul.”
But after speaking with the Wall Street Journal, it would seem that the filmmaker has a stronger opinion than we thought.
“I’m ambivalent about a remake,” Carpenter was quoted as saying. “On the other hand, it depends on how much they pay me.”
Good to know you’d put your stamp of approval on the movie even if it’s garbage – as long as the money is right.
Even though Carpenter has made some of the biggest genre films over his career he certainly hasn’t gotten ridiculously rich. I know that this is pretty much how Hollywood works, but it stings a little bit when you hear it plainly stated like that.
Johnson went on record as stating that he’d love to get Carpenter on board in some way, shape or form. Well, as long as the studio is willing to pony up the dough, it looks like The Rock can get his stamp of approval from the man himself.
He probably won’t give that approval until the check clears, though.