Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is in talks to lead a remake of cult action-comedy Big Trouble in Little China.
John Carpenter's 1986 movie starred Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver dragged into an ancient mystical battle in San Francisco's Chinatown. It was a commercial flop and panned by critics (Roger Ebert gave it two stars) but has since amassed a devoted fanbase.
Wrestler turned actor Johnson has been lined up to take on this main role with X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz penning the new script.
Things are looking positive that a deal will be finalised as Big Trouble is believed to be one of Johnson's favourite movies. He also starred with Russell in Furious 7 so should be on good enough terms to glean some tips about playing the role.
Fans of the original are as usual protesting news of a reboot while some are just bemused as to why the camp adventure is even worthy of one in the first place.
The Rock or whatever he's bloody called these days cannot pull of Jack Burton I'm afraid. Big Trouble In Little China should be left alone.— El Duderino (@Dude_JLebowski) June 2, 2015
A remake of Big Trouble in Little China? With The Rock? Now I'm just angry. The original was a perfect storm. It can't be remade. Bastards!— Patrick Costello (@Dobro33H) June 2, 2015
Someone has to make a stand. Remake Big Trouble in Little China? @TheRock - meet paper. I challenge you to a duel. No scissors allowed.— Alex Richardson (@Hit_Delete) June 2, 2015
Big Trouble in Little China Remake? There was 8th C. monasteries on Ireland's west coast less pillaged than John Carpenter's back catalogue— Cethan Leahy (@CethanLeahy) June 2, 2015
But I don't want a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. Wah! Wah!— Dominic Cuthbert (@snack_dragon) June 2, 2015
The Rock in a Big Trouble in Little China remake is a hideous idea and must be stopped.— Adrian Hall (@IAmAdrianHall) June 2, 2015
Thing to remember about Big Trouble In Little China is it isn't very good, & the remake will clearly also not be very good so let's move on— Neil Alcock (@IncredibleSuit) June 2, 2015
Others are loving the idea despite being in the minority...
The Rock in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China could be the greatest thing ever, and I love that film— Andy Rothwell (@AndyRothwell1) June 2, 2015
1. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is a great film. 2. Dwayne Johnson would be perfect for a Jack Burton-type character.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) June 2, 2015
I'm excited for The Rock in a Big Trouble In Little China remake... for once, that's a movie that can't be bettered or worsened by a remake.— Colby Mathews (@CJ_Mathews23) June 2, 2015
Johnson is riding high at the moment after disaster flick San Andreas took $53.2 million in the US over the weekend - his best box office result so far.
He will soon start work on comedy Central Intelligence before voicing the character of Maui in upcoming Disney film Moana. There's also professional football series Ballers in the pipeline for HBO.Reuse content