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Little Trouble over Bigger Trouble Rubble!

Hey folks, Harry here... The excitement about a BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA sequel was one of those Forrest in Jenny's bed moments of premature... well, you know the film. ANYWAYSSS, it seems that Josh of the Wing Kong Exchange got a little too excited whilst talking with screenwriter Corey Mitchel.

Corey did indeed talk with Josh at Wing Kong, but was misunderstood on numerous points. One, Debra Hill has nothing to do with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA or a sequel to that work of genius. She was in the room with John Carpenter when Corey floated the idea of a BIG TROUBLE sequel, but wasn't a part of or a planned part of that possible future endeavor.

Two, Kurt Russell has not been approached about a sequel to this, the greatest film of all time (at least at 6:50am this morning), and hasn't discussed the possibilities with Corey Mitchel.

Third, Fox has approved no project.

So basically, what happened? Corey Mitchel, whilst working on the SNAKE PLISSKIN anime script, lightly tossed the idea around with John about doing a BIG TROUBLE sequel. It is one of John's favorite films of his. However, John hasn't agreed to attach himself to a Corey Mitchel scripted sequel. Corey hasn't scripted it. Fox isn't developing it, and basically it was a huge misunderstanding between Corey and Josh at Wing Kong.


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  • July 24, 2003, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I don't ususally do this, can't resist, FIRST!!!

    by earthworm

  • July 24, 2003, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Kurt Russell: Roland of Gilead from the Dark Tower

    by Corporateplant

    He would be the perfect gunslinger, we know he can shoot, he's fast on the draw, has light blue eyes, can act, looks like a grissled cowboy. A 12 hour miniseries is just what he needs to pickup hi career. Anyone else (whose read the books) agree?

  • July 24, 2003, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by iamguthrie

    Well, I've been first and third all I need is fourth. BTILC is one of the greatest pieces of cinematic junk food in the history of Western Civilization. Like a good Chinese buffet, it just has everything. If someone can make a sequel to The Neverending Story (hell, they made four or so, it seems) or another movie based on a song (Sk8er Boi? They obviously didn't learn when Girls Just Want To Have Fun tanked), then we of the geekier persuasion have EARNED this one. Snake Plissken doesn't need a cartoon; Jack Burton needs a movie. Somebody tell Carpenter to stop remaking his own movies (Assault on Mars Precinct, or whatever) and get to work.

  • July 24, 2003, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by bateman76

    Bring it on,i'd love a sequel to one of my all time favourites,although no doubt there will be all the nob jockeys complaing about how the classics showed be left as they are and the "no more sequels" crap.

  • July 24, 2003, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by bateman76

    should not showed,that's what i meant

  • July 24, 2003, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I'd agree with you Harry. If I hadn't seen Escape From L.A.

    by Nice Marmot

    Actually that goes for anything else Carpenter's done in a good while. I find his movies either awesome as hell or totally shitty; no grey area in between. As for the Dark Tower, I get nervous thinking about someone trying to turn it into film. Too easy to screw up. I'd love to see it animated. Hell, I won't be surprised if King manages to screw up the ending of the whole saga. I've always loved his character development, suspense, & ability to creep out but even his best works have shitty endings that he seemed to pull out of his ass at the last minute to meet deadlines. Still can't wait for November & The Wolves Of The Calla!!!!!

  • July 24, 2003, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower - great idea

    by Homer Jay

    Good call on Russell for Roland. An HBO miniseries ala Band Of Brothers would be the coolest thing to come around in a while. I always thought that The Stand deserved the same treatment rather than the miniseries starring Lt. Dan and Parker Lewis. My dream Stand cast...Stu - Matthew McConaghey, Fran - Katie Holmes, Larry - Harry Connick Jr., Nick - Leo DiCaprio, Flagg - George Clooney.

  • July 24, 2003, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by Dr_Zoidberg

    Lets break out the tissues

  • July 24, 2003, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Homer Jay, I'm sorry you never got to see your gay version of Th

    by Nice Marmot

    Are you sure you don't want Brad Pitt or Matt Damon to play Roland?

  • Granted, JC made some pretty good flicks (Assault on Precinct 13 is almost perfect), but the man has lost it in the 80es and hasn't found his way back to be a decent filmmaker. His latest offerings were sub sub-par ... and that's in a terrain where I don't expect anything besides 90min of some fun. He failed everytime! Bad direction, bad acting, bad cinematography and sadly bad bad scores. What happened to him? Drugs? No more drugs? Sigh ...

  • July 24, 2003, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Carpenter directing?

    by Longfellow

    OK, so it may be his long-overdue return to form, but perhaps we need to be a tad more creative here. Russell, yes, definitely; Carpenter, on the other hand, hasn't done much worthwhile for a long time <flamebait alert>. I'd love to see a sequel to Big Trouble as much as the next geek, but I'd want to see it done well. I don't want another travesty of poor CGI and little worthwhile beyond Steve Buscemi along the lines of Escape From LA. It may be the beer talking, but couldn't Harry use his personal aquaintance with Peter Jackson to get something done? Big Trouble meets Braindead (or whatever you Americans call it) - that I'd pay very good money to see...

  • July 24, 2003, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Dark Tower

    by elviskilledjfk

    Kurt Russell would be terrible for this. Sure, Big Trouble in Little China is the ultimate geek classic, but it had a tone that Kurt Russell was just perfect for. If you wanted to make a Dark Tower miniseries to be slightly ridiculous, sure, you'd cast Russell. Has anyone considered Hugh Jackman as a possible Roland? I think Jackman's look in Swordfish, grizzled and downtrodden, would be perfect for Roland. He's proven that he can play a badass with Wolverine, and I think he has the skill to pull off a great Roland. My question is, who would you cast as the young Roland we see in "Wizard"?

  • July 24, 2003, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Hollow? Hollow, fuck it!

    by dbeer

    A sequal to this fantastic movie would be awesome but I can't see it happening. It would work without JC but not Kurt and I don't know if he'd risk soiling another classic like they did with Escape from LA or maybe they could learn from that pile of shite and do this one correctly with some new stuff not just a rehash of the first. Don't want to see Jackie Chan in this one either. "This is going to take crackerjack timing"

  • July 24, 2003, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I'd rather have them make...

    by zenda

    ..."Buckaroo Banzai 2".

  • July 24, 2003, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Let's Get It On!

    by grrr_nana

    I hope they do make a sequel, it would give me an excuse to finally go watch the first one. Bonus points if the second one is good and then they decide to make a Part 3...

  • July 24, 2003, 11:08 p.m. CST

    The Dark Tower series is all but impossible to adapt to the big

    by Osmosis Jones

    Even a Band Of Brothers-style big-budget miniseries wouldn't work for one major reason: Jake. In the books, he's, what, 13 or 14? How on earth can a series of movies, that would likely take *years* to produce due to the volume of needed F/X work (think LOTR), keep the kid selected to play Jake the same age? I'm sorry, but each film would have to be at least four or more hours long to make any sense, and any 13-year-old kid would grow out of such franchise but quick (at least the Harry Potter films have the benefit of the kids *supposed* to be a year older in each new one). *Maybe* an epic animated miniseries or film franchise would work, but no one would greenlight it after recent action-oriented turkeys like Atlantis and Treasure Planet. Leave King's magnum opus on the page, where it belongs (but I'd kill for movie versions of The Mist and The Long Walk).

  • July 25, 2003, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower/ Stand

    by Drowned God

    I agree that doing a Dark Tower movie is way too easy to screw up. DT is my favourite SK book, and I wouldn't want to see it trashed on cinema. As for Homer Jay's casting call for the Stand it's not bad, except for Leo play Nick and Clooney being Flagg. Cmon you have to agree Flagg is like pure badass and evil, Clooney = Gay. For Flagg I'd rather have someone like Pacino or maybe even a new face to keep it fresh!

  • July 25, 2003, 2 a.m. CST

    by Drowned God

    Osmosis you tok the words right out of my mouth. Some co-workers and I thought those two stories would be wicked movies. The Long Walk would be a fresh step for movies, and the Mist, you could do so much with it. Im getting all tingly inside:)

  • July 25, 2003, 2:01 a.m. CST

    If they can't give us a decent Aliens Vs Predator flick, at leas

    by Monkey_King

    Who? "Jack Burton. Me!!"

  • July 25, 2003, 9:25 a.m. CST

    damn you harry

    by noteboom

    Would you please start checking these things out before hand? Before I email these stories to my friends, only to look like a fucking idiot when it gets debunked? Thanks a lot you hack.

  • July 25, 2003, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Movietool

    See my post in the other thread.

  • July 25, 2003, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by Death Machine

    I love Kurt Russell. I Loved him in every Carpenter film he's done. But I wouldn't tap him for King's Gunslinger. Why? Kurt's success as an action hero hinges on his sense of humor. His ability to infuse even the most dire circumstances with a wry, sardonic wit. Read the Gunslinger books again. Roland has no sense of humor. He's a Terminator. Every time he tries to make a joke he ends up being made fun of. He's closer to Russell's character in SOldier than anything else, and that movie just sucked because Kurt wasn't allowed to do what he does best. The only guy, in my mind, who could've pulled off Roland was Clint Eastwood about fifteen years ago. You just know King had that Eastwood in mind for the steely-eyed paladin of the plains in his books. Find the next Eastwood - some long, lean and cold-eyed bastard with no sense of humor and a face like leather stretched over a rock - and you've found your Roland. Let Kurt make another Big Trouble movie and do a cameo in The Thing sequel and I'll be a happy camper,

  • July 25, 2003, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Shaking the pillers of hell...

    by Lucan Goodman

    Jack Burton is bar none one of the coolest characters that was written and performed in the last twenty years. Carpenter needs another go at Burton, Kurt needs another go at Burton, we all need another go at Burton. I am one voice of many that I'm sure feels that THE POWERS SHOULD FIND A WAY TO SHAKE THE PILLERS OF HELL ONCE MORE!! Get to it!

  • July 25, 2003, 12:14 p.m. CST

    didnt anyone listen to the commentary?

    by nemo38

    Kurt Russel flat out told John Carpenter that he was too old to ever do another action flick. Listen to the commentary on BTILC. Spank you.