Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in a remake of “Big Trouble in Little China.” If confirmed, the actor will be playing Jack Burton, the role played by Kurt Russell in the original.
According to a report by The Wrap, the box office success of Johnson's most recent movie, "San Andreas," has sped up negotiations for him to star in and produce the “Big Trouble in Little China” remake. The 1986 movie is said to be one of Johnson’s favorites. The plot revolves around a truck driver named Jack Burton who has to rescue a girl from an evil sorcerer in Chinatown, before he performs an ancient ritual. The action movie involves elements of magic and magical creatures.
The script of the remake movie will reportedly be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who have previously worked on the scripts of big budget Hollywood movies like “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class.” Johnson's production partners are said to be Seven Bucks Productions, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. The actor and his team have apparently pitched the idea of making the “Big Trouble in Little China” remake to Fox, who own the rights to the movie.
It is still unclear which actors would be considered for the cast. Russell appeared alongside Johnson in “Fast & Furious 7.” The movie went on to become a big box office success.
The 1986 movie was directed by John Carpenter. According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the director was still “on his mid-1980s hot streak” when the movie was made. The movie apparently made only $11 million at the domestic box office at that time, but has since become a “cult classic” and has gained popularity among fans.
Johnson is set to appear in “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon,” “Central Intelligence,” “Furious 8,” “Shazam” and be the voice of a character called Maui in “Moana.” The actor will also appear in the TV series called “Ballers.” It is unclear what release date has been planned for “Big Trouble in Little China.”