While legendary genre director John Carpenter has worked with many amazing actors, he’s never seemed to find another collaborator more suited for him than Kurt Russell. Russell made five films with the director, and was basically his muse for most of the 1980s.
Three of those titles – Escape from New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China – are all quite beloved, but it’s Big Trouble that’ll soon be added to the list of great 80s movies to receive a remake or reboot, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson producing and starring.
Well, more accurately, The Rock’s Big Trouble in Little China is being designed as a sort of sequel set in the same universe but focusing on different characters, and won’t feature Johnson playing Jack Burton. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Russell will play Jack either.
The actor recently told USA Today that he “probably won’t be” in the reboot/sequel, although he wishes Johnson the best, after having a good experience working with him on Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. Still, Russell is unsure if this new version will match the original.
In particular, Russell questions whether the new Big Trouble will be able to replicate the unusual scenario of starring a protagonist who thinks they’re the hero, but often ends up behaving like a sidekick. With a guy built like The Rock in the lead, that worry makes sense.