What is it about John Carpenter? People just seem to love remaking his movies. We’ve had Halloween, Assault On Precinct 13 and The Fog, none of which were much good, the okayish prequel/remake The Thing, and Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China are coming up. The original 1986 movie wasn’t a hit in cinemas but quickly became a cult favourite and was in some ways ahead of its time. It remains hugely entertaining tongue-in-cheek fun, with Kurt Russell doing his best John Wayne impression as a useless truck driver hero caught up in magic, martial arts and monsters in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Once again, I can’t see what a modern remake can add except lots of CGI [and not necessarily better] special effects, and what’s the betting it’ll be more serious?
They are remaking it though, and X-Men: First Class and Thor writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have not long closed a deal to write the script. The Wrap tells us that Dwayne Johnson, whose current movie release San Andreas has had the star’s biggest opening for a film which he is the main star of, and will probably be my Guilty Pleasure of the year, is in talks with 20th Century Fox to play Russell’s character Jack Burton. I personally can’t see The Rock playing as goofy a character as Russell did, and I reckon he’ll be more heroic and serious second time round. What I find odd is that the original movie is one of Johnson’s favourite films. In that case, why is he interested in starring in a remake of it?! A remake that, going by the norm these days, probably won’t be nearly as good?
There’s no director attached yet, while Johnson is soon to be seen in Shazam and the TV series Ballers, so it’ll be a while yet before this project gets underway. I want to wish it well, but…well…. you know what ol’ Dr Lenera always says at a time like this?