Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson To Star in Big Trouble in Little China Reboot

Dwayne Johnson keeps on churning out movies.
Dwayne Johnson keeps on churning out movies.
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Hometown hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in negotiations to star in and produce a remake of John Carpenter‘s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China; this is indeed, a thing that seems to be on the verge of almost certainly happening.

Johnson, coming off a $54 million domestic opening weekend for San Andreas, will continue his quest in helping save the city of San Francisco when he stars in the remake of the 1986 cult classic that originally starred Kurt Russell. The original pitted Russell as Jack Burton, a total bros bro All-American trucker, who finds himself dragged into a mystical battle with centuries old foes in San Francisco’s Chinatown. 

Originally written by John Carpenter, the reboot of Big Trouble in Little China is rumored to be in the hands of X-Men: First Class writers and co-creators, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Johnson himself was the one who pitched the idea of the remake to 20th Century Fox, indicating it was one of his favorite movies growing up.

Johnson's producing partners at Seven Bucks Productions, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, then took the idea to Fox, and the wheels have been turning on the project ever since, to the point that production on the flick seem likely. Miller and Stentz also wrote the screenplay for Marvel’s Thor and they’re currently writing Warner Bros.’ upcoming Acme movie that will star Steve Carell.

While the original Big Trouble in Little China was a relative flop — it only grossed $11 million at the domestic box office — it remains a cult classic to many, to the point where some, as routinely happens with remakes of classics, are against the idea of ruining the memories of the original. Nonetheless, Miller and Stentz have already closed a deal to write the script, so this baby seems all but imminent.

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