30 years after Big Trouble in Little China hit our screens which saw it become a cult classic with those who grew up during the 80’s its director, John Carpenter has jumped on board to co-write its sequel…. in the form of a comic.
Released in 1986, Big Trouble in Little China was one of those rare projects that never garnered a sequel, but along comes BOOM studio’s who have decided to publish a comic book Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack which will feature the film’s original character, Jack Burton who was played by Kurt Russell. For the last few years BOOM have been releasing comic books that have covered Jack’s slightly zany adventures.
The new comic book will see Carpenter team up with Badlands 2 scribe Anthony Burch to write the story with Jorge Corona handling the illustration. The story which is set to be delivered in four issues will follow Jack Burton’s “final ride” in the Pork Chop Express. Taking place in the year 2020, it is literally Hell on Earth, and Ching Dai has declared himself ruler of all existence. The sixty-year-old Jack is living out his in a corner of Florida only talking to his broken ham radio, but one day that little gadget finally picks up a message, and it’s from someone who knows how to defeat Ching Dai. With that new glimmer of hope, he’ll jump back into action and set out to destroy the god that David Lo Pan tried to appease decades earlier.
“Big Trouble in Little China was one of my absolute favourite movies when I was a kid,” said Burch in a statement. “To call it formative to my development would be one hell of an understatement. Its high-fantasy world and lovable lowbrow hero… hasn’t lessened its grip on me in the twenty or so years since I first saw it.”
Below is some artwork from the covers of Issue 1 which will be available from September 2017.