So you’re Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. You already have a reputation as being one of the most dependable leading men in fickle Hollywood, and you’ve also developed something of a reputation as a “franchise fixer.” With over $50 million in three days at the box office with his latest hit San Andreas, and all those millions with the Johnson-infused Furious 7, 2015 is shaping up to be the Year of the Rock. With clout like that, you can write your own ticket, but the question is for what? Might Johnson push to finally make that Shazam! movie happen? Possibly, but try this on for size: a Big Trouble in Little China remake. Yup, someone’s looking to make it happen, and Johnson is looking to be the star.
Via TheWrap comes news that Twentieth Century Fox is looking to remake Big Trouble with Johnson taking lead as star and producer along with his partners Dany and Hiram Garcia. Thor writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will take first crack at the screenplay, although Fox offered a “no comment” to any of this news.
The original Big Trouble was directed by John Carpenter, and it remains one of the few Carpenter classics that has yet to be remade. Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, The Thing have all been remade in the last 10 years have all been done over with only an Escape from New York remake languishing in development hell. Big Trouble was considered a fail when it was released in 1986, but it’s developed a serious cult following in the last several years, a following that’s unlikely to take news of its potential remake well, by the way.
In case you’re unaware, Big Trouble in Little China is the story of “An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.” Regular Carpenter collaborator Kurt Russell played the part of trucker Jack Burton, likely the role that Johnson will play in the remake if and when it actually gets made. Obviously, we’ll keep you posted will all the latest developments as they become available.