After this past weekend’s smash-hit success of disaster flick San Andreas, it seems like former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can do absolutely anything. The box office juggernaut is currently one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities, and his next project may surprise you.
The Wrap is reporting tonight that Johnson is in talks to both produce and star in a remake of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China, which starred Kurt Russell as goofy American trucker Jack Burton. In the film, Burton gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have already closed a deal to pen the screenplay, and Johnson is excited about the idea of potentially starring. He’s reportedly a big fan of Carpenter’s original, and in fact it was he who pitched Fox on the remake, along with his producing partners.
One could of course argue that remaking Big Trouble in Little China is totally unnecessary, and you’d have a valid point in stating that argument, but it’s hard to not be at least slightly amused by the idea of The Rock kicking Lo-Pan’s ass. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a blast to me.