Big Trouble in Little China was one of the most memorable action films of the 1980s, following truck driver Jack Burton’s attempts to save a friend’s fiancée, when he encounters an evil sorcerer beneath the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Although a commercial failure — pushing director John Carpenter back to independent filmmaking after becoming disillusioned with Hollywood– the film has gone on to garner a cult following, and is generally believed to be an underappreciated effort. Now, 20th Century Fox is going to create a remake, and is seeking out one of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws to lead it.
According to Variety, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been enlisted to become the next Jack Burton in a remake of the 1986 cult classic, with writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) to write the script. Johnson’s regular producing partners, Dani and Hiram Garcia, through their 7 Bucks Entertainment production arm.
Johnson is proving to be a force to be reckoned with at the box office this year, playing a major part in the runaway success of Universal Pictures’ Furious 7 — the first film of the year to cross the billion dollar mark at the box office — as well as the disaster film San Andreas, which had a very high box office opening this past weekend that surpassed industry expectations.
There’s no word yet on a release window, so keep it locked to GeekNation as this story develops further!
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