Big Trouble In Little China is getting a remake, as studios continue to mine nostalgic 80s and 90s films to make an easy buck. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to star, which almost guarantees a windfall at the box office.
According to The Wrap, Johnson is working with screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X:Men, First Class) to write a new version of John Carpenter’s cult film starring Kurt Russell. Johnson will take over Russell’s role as Jack Burton, a truck driver who becomes a hero when he gets pulled into an age-old battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
While the original Big Trouble In Little China didn’t receive positive reviews and failed at the box office in 1986, in typical cult classic fashion the film took on a life of its own in video rentals and TV syndication to the point where it is one of the more admired 80s movies for a wide swath of fans.
Having Johnson on board for the Big Trouble In Little China remake will certainly do this new version some good, as his box-office clout seems untouchable at this point. It also helps that according to Johnson the original is one of his favorite films, so perhaps he will be able to do a remake some justice.
Are you excited to see a remake of Big Trouble In Little China?