Big Trouble In Little China is pretty much a cult film masterpiece.
Directed by John Carpenter (The Thing, Escape From New York), the 1986 film did not make a huge box office draw during its theatrical release. In the home video and cable TV markets, however, it gathered a major cult following.
As did most films of the 80’s.
I mean who wouldn’t want to see Kurt Russell kick ass in San Francisco’s Chinatown against mystical spirits? It’s the kind of cheese that 80’s dreams are made of and the delicious ham that cult films are cut from. You just need to sit back and enjoy its glorious over the top-ness.
One of the film’s many fans is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
And now he gets to live out a fan’s dream! According to The Wrap, Johnson has entered negotiations to star in a remake of Big Trouble In Little China for 20th Century Fox.
In addition to starring in the film, Johnson will also be producing it with his partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, at Seven Bucks Production. Thor and X-Men: First Class screenwriters, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have inked a deal to pen the remake.
Johnson will star as Jack Burton, the aforementioned Kurt Russell character. Jack is a trucker who accidentally gets involved in mystical shenanigans while trying to help his buddy save his fiancée. Instead, he finds himself dragged into stopping the sorcerer Lo Pan, who is trying to break a centuries old curse.
It’s absolute insanity. And I can’t wait to see Johnson star in it. I need it now.
Johnson is having a very good year for projects. He is lined up to star as Black Adam in the DC Cinematic Universe’s Shazam and has scored a key role in Disney’s next animated feature, Moana. His latest film, San Andreas grossed $54 million domestically for its opening weekend. He also has a show on HBO, Ballers, coming up.
It’s good to be The Rock.
No word on when the film will be released.
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