A remake of the cult classic adventure comedy Big Trouble in Little China is in the works, with Dwayne Johnson reportedly set to star and produce. The original 1986 movie, said to be one of Johnson’s favorites, starred Kurt Russell as the cocky trucker Jack Burton, who visits a friend in San Francisco and gets drawn into a centuries-old supernatural battle between warring clans and evil forces in the city’s famous Chinatown. In the remake, Johnson will play the role of Burton.
The screenplay for the new version will be written by in-demand collaborators Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, best known for X-Men: First Class and Thor.
Producing alongside Johnson are his partners at Seven Bucks Productions, Dany Garcia (Snitch) and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas).
Some fans of the original movie are excited about The Rock taking on this project. As The Verge explains: “Its oddball mixture of martial arts, comedy and tongue-in-cheek bravado could be a perfect fit for an actor who earlier this year flexed his way out of an arm cast (in Furious 7).”
This news comes as Johnson’s disaster film San Andreas is far exceeding expectations at the box office, bringing over $100 million globally during its opening weekend.
The Big Trouble in Little China remake does not yet have a release date, but Johnson has a number of upcoming projects in development, including his next confirmed film, the comedy Central Intelligence, debuting June 17, 2016. However, we are likely to see him on the big screen even sooner, in the sequel Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, premiering in April of next year.