Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

This week:
– Big Trouble in Little China gets the ‘requel’ treatment
– A popular sci-fi actor joins Episode IX
– Tarantino finds his Charles Manson

Read on to find out more!

Big Trouble in Little China reboot producer claims “you can’t remake a classic”

As you’re probably aware, the big thing these days is reviving old properties. What you may not have been aware of is that one of the properties in the process of being revived is Big Trouble in Little China, with Dwayne Johnson attatched to star.

Beyond that, however, very few details were known about the project. It was assumed to be a remake, with Johnson playing the same role Kurt Russell originally played in the 1986 film. Now however, thanks to Collider‘s Adam Chitwood, we know a little bit more, as Chitwood sat down with producer Hiram Garcia to talk about the project, and Garcia revealed the following:

“There’s a lot of things going on with [Big Trouble in Little China]. We are in the process of developing that, and let me tell you, the idea is not to actually remake Big Trouble in Little China. 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.” 

So basically, the new Big Trouble in Little China is not a remake, and if it doesn’t end up being an out-and-out sequel, will instead most likely be going the way of another Dwayne Johnson film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, in that it will be set in the same universe as the original, but for the most part, be it’s own thing.

The original Big Trouble in Little China is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.


The Doctor is in… Episode IX

It seems a week doesn’t go by now when there isn’t some new news about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, despite the fact that the film is over a year away.

Recently, outside of a few leaked set photos, the news has mostly revolved around casting, with an official cast list being put out, and the likes of Greg Grunberg, Keri Russell and Dominic Monaghan being added on soon after.

This week, another science-fiction stalwart has entered the fray: Matt Smith.

Like Russell and Monaghan before him, we have no idea who or what Smith will be playing. Given Star Wars‘ tendency to hire British actors to play side villains, he could end up being a First Order officer, but with the grand nature of the universe, the possibilities are endless, with speculation about new characters including criminals, rebel partisans, Jedi or even the Knights of Ren.

Star Wars: Episode IX flies into cinemas on December 20th 2019.


Tarantino finds Manson

While it is slowly becoming a common occurrence that various actors are constantly being snatched up for Star WarsEpisode IX still has a ways to go before it reaches the amount of casting articles Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has spawned.

In case you don’t know, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, that follows an actor who has fallen out of the spotlight (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they try and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. However, as their adventure kicks off, so too do the Manson family murders, claiming the life of Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

So far, the production has scored a whopping cast of Burt Reynolds, Damien Lewis, Luke Perry, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden and a host of other highly capable actors to appear in various roles. But this week, one of the key character slots has been filled, as Tarantino has found his Charles Manson in Damon Herriman (Justified).

Interestingly enough, that won’t be the only time we see Herriman play Manson, as the Australian actor has also been cast by David Fincher in the next season of Mindhunter, which is currently shooting. So next year could well see Herriman’s Manson on screens twice; and if he’s caught the eye of both Tarantino and Fincher, then his Manson portrayal must be pretty great.

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood shoots into cinemas on July 26th 2019.