Another remake of an 80s classic? Meh. Oh, wait. The Rock!
Cue another remake, but this one may have some promise. The Wrap reported on Monday that 20th Century Fox is planning a remake of the classic John Carpenter film, Big Trouble In Little China. While no director is attached, Dwayne Johnson has been pegged to lead the film.
X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stenz will take over writing duties with Johnson is set to play Jack Burton, an all-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
While another remake sounds boring, the prospect of having this property made with The Rock sounds a lot more appealing. Even when the movie isn’t great (cough cough San Andreas), he is still a fun action star that is able to make you laugh and blow your mind with his stunts. Putting him into this world and allowing him to work sounds like a match made in heaven (unless Kurt Russell comes back also because then that would be perfect).
Russell starred in the 1986 version, which grossed $11 million at the box office, and is now revered as a cult classic.
This isn’t the first John Carpenter film that has a plan reboot with Escape from New York also in the works, but without the starpower like The Rock behind it. Johnson is in theaters now with San Andreas and will be seen later this year in HBO’s series, Ballers.