BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA was going to be a western set in Chinatown. Jack Burton was going to be a cowboy that had his horse stolen, forcing him to go on a trek through a mysterious underworld. ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 had a similar origin. John Carpenter wanted to make a western and was always thrilled by the “last stand” finale. Each time though, the budget got the best of him and he had to re-write the script. You could make the argument that it forced him to get creative which in the end, produced a better result. This film is viewed annually and gets better every single time. It’s a modern day western that knows when to shut-up and shoot.
See you on forty deuce,
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