Was Big Trouble In Little China originally written as sequel for Buckaroo Banzai?


No.

There was a time that if you went to the Internet Movie Database and clicked on the trivia page for "Big Trouble in Little China" (located at http://us.imdb.com/Trivia?0090728), you'd find the following misinformation :

W.D. Richter, the director of Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984), had originally penned a script for the oft-wondered about but unfilmed sequel, "Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League." When that project fell through due to production conflicts the script was retooled for John Carpenter and Kurt Russell and became "Big Trouble in Little China."

or

The script for this movie originally started as the script for a proposed sequel to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984).

This information is not true. Big Trouble in Little China was originally conceived and scripted by two newcomers to Hollywood. The following two quotes are from Starlog Magazine (Issue 109, August 1986, Volume 10) pages 10-13. The name of the article is "John Carpenter - Kung Fu Hollywood Sytle" by Steve Swires and the two quotes can both be found on page 11.

"Originally conceived as a period western by neophyte writers Gary Goldman and David Weinstein, Big Trouble was updated, streamlined and extensively rewritten by Richter."

"Due to a ruling by the Writers Guild of America, Gary Goldman and David Weinstein receive sole screenplay adaption, with Richter credited only for 'adaption.'"


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