Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to produce and star in a remake of the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.
Last week, the web site Scyllar.com reported a rumor that a sequel was in the works at 20th Century Fox, but had no source attribution. Nor could we find any corroboration on the story. Today, however, The Tracking Board reports that it’s a remake, not a sequel, and Johnson will take over for Kurt Russell as Jack Burton.
Burton, a truck driver with a very specific way of looking at the world, is drawn into a battle of mystic forces in the Chinatown district of San Francisco. When David Lo Pan kidnaps two green-eyed women in an attempt to appease the gods and gain immortality, Burton finds himself helping the forces of good without really understanding much about the fight.
Directed by John Carpenter, the original has gained cult status, and has been the subject of internet chatter of late as people have grown more interested in seeing a sequel.
The script for the new version will be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who penned X-Men: First Class. Johnson seems to be on a hot streak right now following the success of Furious 7 and San Andreas, along with his upcoming role as Black Adam in the DC Comics Shazam movie.
Perhaps James Hong could slide into the role of Egg Shen this time around…