“We Could Slap John Carpenter Around a Bit”

“We Could Slap John Carpenter Around a Bit”


Summary

  • Kurt Russell is open to reprising his role in a Big Trouble in Little China sequel if the script is better than the first.
  • Director John Carpenter has previously mentioned the potential for Big Trouble in Little China to be revived, possibly as a video game.
  • Creating a successful sequel to Big Trouble in Little China would be challenging due to the unique combination of genres that made the original a cult classic.


When it comes to classic ‘80s adventure movies, Big Trouble in Little China holds a place in many top ten lists. Therefore, it is one movie that constantly comes up in conversations about which movies can benefit from being given a legacy sequel, and one person who would be on board with that if the right script came up is star Kurt Russell.

Russell is currently starring alongside his real-life son Wyatt Russell in Apple TV+ series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. In a recent conversation with ComicBook.com, the actor was asked whether he would consider reprising his role as Jack Burton, the rugged protagonist of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic. It seems that as far as Russell is concerned, he would be more than willing to do it, but only if the script was up to it. He said:

“Ya never say never. If somebody were to write a great script that was better than the first one, it had something new to say, I don’t know. We could slap John Carpenter around a bit and say, ‘Come on, John, let’s go do this.”

Whether such a script will ever come along is questionable, and for his part, Carpenter has previously spoken about the potential for Big Trouble in Little China to be revived in some form, but not necessarily as a movie. In a previous interview, the director said:

“I don’t know. I think, maybe. Big Trouble in Little China, it seems to me would be a fun video game and kick ass.”

Related: A Look At Big Trouble in Little China’s Lasting Influence on Pop Culture


Big Trouble in Little China Could Still Get a Sequel

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John Carpenter is best known for being the creator of horror movies such as The Thing and Halloween, but he has dabbled in many genres. Having originally made movies that leaned more into sci-fi than horror, Big Trouble in Little China saw Carpenter blending together several genres, including supernatural horror, action-adventure and comedy, to create a movie that fit many molds.

The film stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver who gets caught up in a supernatural power struggle in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Like many movies of the era, Big Trouble in Little China has grown to become the definition of a cult classic over the last four decades, despite being a commercial failure on its initial release. That in itself creates a huge challenge for anyone attempting to create a belated follow-up. Despite having a strong following, any sequel would need to bring the same unique combination of styles together in a way that, as Russell said, delivers something new but also upholds the legacy of the original movie. Is that possible? The odds would suggest not, but we have seen many recent legacy sequels delivering good things decades after the franchise seemed to be at an end.

Will Big Trouble in Little China be the next ‘80s franchise to make a leap into the 21st century? Or should it be left as a unique entry of ‘80s pop culture? For the moment, fans will have to settle on re-watching the original movie, which can currently be found on several streaming platforms, including Apple TV+ and Disney+.



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