The original Big Trouble in Little China (1986) is one of Dwayne Johnson's favorite films.

John Carpenter said of this project in a 2018 interview, "They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson. That's what they want. So they just picked that title. They don't give a shit about me and my movie (Big Trouble in Little China (1986)). That movie wasn't a success."

This project was put on hold for three years, after much outcry from fans online at hearing the news that this would be a remake. It was later announced that this was moving forward, and would be a continuation of the original 1986 movie.

Both Russell and Johnson co-starred together in Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017).

In November 2018 in an interview with Collider, producer Hiram Garcia referred to the project as a "continuation," saying that they're "going to continue the story. [They're] going to continue the universe of Big Trouble In Little China." Garcia also confirmed that The Rock would NOT be playing Jack Burton, the perpetually in-over-his-head hero of the original played by Kurt Russell.

Dwayne Johnson wanted John Carpenter to work on the movie in some capacity.

This is Dwayne Johnson's first reboot sequel since Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).

After a few years in development, Dwayne Johnson decided to proceed with production on this project, after his movie Skyscraper (2018) was well received by audiences in the Chinese market.