John Carpenter is not one to mince words when it comes to the film industry, and it seems his opinions of the upcoming Halloween and Big Trouble in Little China sequels differ greatly. We learned last year Carpenter gave Danny McBride and David Gordon Green his blessing when they went to his office with Jason Blum to pitch their Halloween sequel. The horror master has also been very much involved in production, including providing the score.
” …WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away,” Carpenter said on Facebook.
This sounds like a night and day comparison to his feelings towards the upcoming sequel to his classic 1986 action/adventure Big Trouble in Little China. The Wrap reported back in 2015 that Dwayne Johnson was attached to star in what they believed to be a Big Trouble remake. The news wasn’t going down too well with many fans of the original.
However, a major update finally came from Collider in August of this year that the film would actually be a sequel.
Producer Hiram Garcia told Collider, “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.”
Cinema Blend recently spoke with John Carpenter and Jason Blum during a round table interview promoting the highly-anticipated Halloween sequel. The conversation eventually led to asking the filmmakers their feelings towards follow-ups now being the go-to strategy for studios over remakes, using the Big Trouble in Little China sequel as an example.
Needless to say, Carpenter wasn’t shy with his response.
“They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson. That’s what they want,” Carpenter told Cinema Blend. “So they just picked that title. They don’t give a shit about me and my movie. That movie wasn’t a success.”
The important thing to note here is John Carpenter taking each sequel on a case-by-case basis. Clearly, he thinks McBride and Green respect the original Halloween, and can do it justice. However, he doesn’t have the same confidence in the Big Trouble in Little China production. He feels it’s just another Dwayne Johnson vehicle capitalizing on title recognition like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is entirely possible.
John Carpenter is no stranger to his films being cynically rehashed. 2005’s The Fog played a Fall Out Boy song during the opening credits, for crying out loud. (Way to set that spooky atmosphere, guys.) But the good news is Carpenter believes in the new Halloween film releasing later this week. And, judging by the buzz on the internet, so do a lot of critics and fans.
Maybe the Big Trouble in Little China sequel will prove Carpenter wrong, but his skepticism is justified. The legendary horror director seems to be “a reasonable guy, but he’s just experienced some very unreasonable things.”