Finally, the Rock has come back — to Chinatown?
According to a report in Variety, former wrestler turned action star Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is in talks to star in a remake of cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.
Johnson is set to play Jack Burton, a role originally made famous by Kurt Russell, and he will be producing the film as well along with his partners. The screenplay will be helmed by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who have previously worked on the scripts for Thor and X-Men: First Class.
Big Trouble in Little China was originally released in 1986 and was directed by horror master John Carpenter. Based on this article in The Wrap, it is one of Johnson’s favorite films and he pitched the remake himself.
The original film bombed at the box office when released, but is now considered a fan favorite and a cult classic. In 2014, Boom Studios even released a comic book adaptation of the film.
Since departing the wrestling ring, Johnson has gone on to have a successful career in Hollywood starring in the Fast & the Furious franchise, and this weekends number one movie San Andreas.
Normally playing no nonsense action heroes, the Rock also has a few comedic roles under his belt as well. If you are worried that he won’t have have the same wit of the John Wayne-esque big-rig driver Jack Burton, one should look no further than his short cameos in Reno 911: Miami and The Other Guys. With a combined screen time of less than ten minutes between those films, he stole the show the entire time.
When asked by a fan on Facebook what he thought about the remake, John Carpenter said, “I am not involved with it. I’m doing fine. I didn’t write the original one—no harm, no foul.”
No word yet on whether or not he will be dishing out a “Rock Bottom” on Lo-Pan.