The increasingly ubiquitous Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson looks to be close to remaking an ’80s cult classic. The Wrap reported Monday that Johnson is in negotiations to produce and star in a new take on “Big Trouble in Little China” at 20th Century Fox. “X-Men: First Class” and “Thor” writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are on board to pen the script.
Johnson would star as Jack Burton, the role originated by Kurt Russell in the John Carpenter-directed original. Like in the 1986 film, Burton is a truck driver caught in an ancient battle, set in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Johnson and his production company, 7 Bucks Entertainment, pitched the remake to Fox; the original is said to be one of Johnson’s favorite movies.
The original “Big Trouble in Little China” flopped at the box office (grossing $11.1 million off of a reported $20 million production budget), but gained cult status after its theatrical run. BOOM! Studios recently revived the property as a comic book series.
2015 has been another successful year for The Rock — just this past weekend, his new film “San Andreas” won the box office with $54.6 million, and “Furious 7,” featuring Johnson as part of the ensemble cast, has passed $1.5 billion worldwide.