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The Rock In Talks To Star In ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ Remake

The Wrap is reporting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to produce and star in a remake of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China. The film is being penned by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote X-Men: First Class.

Johnson, who is apparently a huge fan of the original, is aiming to play the role of Jack Burton, originally played by Kurt Russell, a trucker who gets pulled into a mystical, supernatural battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The original film grossed only $11 million upon release but has since gone on to become a cult classic.

This news comes after the fantastic opening weekend for Johnson’s newest film San Adreas, which pulled in $54 million domestically.

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of this original film. It’s probably up there as one of my favorite films of all time. It’s got action, adventure, horror, romance, comedy, cheesiness, and a whole lot more, all rolled up into one amazingly entertaining package that I will be happy to watch at any time.

That’s why I’m a bit concerned about the idea of remaking this movie. I know that The Rock is a really entertaining guy to watch on the screen but that doesn’t mean that all of his movies themselves are entertaining. In fact, some of his films are rather boring and stale.

I know that at the end of the day the original can never be taken away from me, so I have no fears about “ruining the legacy”. However, I really hope that this remake doesn’t lose the charm and magic that Carpenter’s film had.



  • Aaron Barton

    I just don’t know how I feel about this.. The fact that Johnson is a huge fan helps. He might make sure they do a decent job.. But no one can really be Jack Burton other than Russel.

  • WindowsIsDead

    Last week I’ve read some news that BTiLC 2 could happen, and I was already skeptical about it because the lack of Carpenter and Russel on board. But now a remake? With the Rock? Oh hell no.

  • tesseracht

    Bottom line, even if it gets made, it will be forgotten almost immediately, just like most of the crap remakes coming out these days. Remember the recent Total Recall or Robocop movies? Or course not, this will be a another blip on the shitty remake radar and then sink away from our collective pop culture memory like, well like The Thing prequel.

  • Christine Silver

    I will never pay to see the remake. I will however sit through commercials if I happen upon the original while channel surfing.

  • Fantasma Del Guapo

    No, no, NO‼

  • EvilDead-Deuce

    “It’s like I told my last wife, I never drive faster then I can see, and besides that it’s all in the reflexes.”

  • Merry Prankster

    its all in the reflexes

  • Golic


  • sunbro72

    the original is such a product of the 80’s it simply can’t be replicated, unless is something batshit insane and tongue in cheek like ‘Kung Fury’ but this would never happen under studio control

  • MaryMaria

    Colour me interested, I loved the John Carpenter original. I’m having a tough time imagining The Rock playing the lead, since he’s captain of the beefcake team and I see him as more of a hero than Russell’s constantly confused sidekick. I think it could be done in a fun way- the whole thing was so tongue-in-cheek, if they decide to go with a gritty reboot-type thing, it’s going to fall flat on it’s face. Stuff like the neon lights and escalator (?!) in the final chamber amp the cheese factor and show us that yeah, they’re just having fun with it. If they can do that with the new one, I’ll be a happy camper. That said, I’m not sure how well it would translate… We’ll see.

    • WindowsIsDead

      Think again.

    • Eastman420

      ? Russell’s constantly confused sidekick. If anything Burton was the confused one. WangChi was always explaining stuff to him.

      • MaryMaria

        That’s what I meant, but the language is confusing, I’m sorry. I was describing Russell’s character as being the sidekick, like one might say “Tom Hiddleston’s Loki” to refer to the character that Tom plays, but it’s confusing in this context. My bad.

        • Eastman420

          Lol yeah i was really confused. I got ya know,guess you could say that. Wang Chi was kicking all the ass hahaha. But yeah this movie should not be happenin.

  • Ace

    Rock Bottom.

  • Trixxxster

    I think this sounds like the best idea since having ol’ Dwayne Johnson play Buford Pusser in the Walking Tall remake. Oh wait . . .

  • lord cemetary

    remake of my alltime favorite movie…ok well, fml.

    possibly Dwayne filling Kurt’s role… know what i’m just gonna sob in a corner for the rest of my existence.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      I’m right there with you. This movie, along with Gremlins and Goonies, WAS my childhood. I am depressed.

  • Lucien Gaydos


  • STRIK9

    Kurt IS Jack Burton. This is a stupid idea.

    • I Am Colossus

      Maybe they’ll change his name to Jacked Burton

  • the usual suspect

    screw this news.. I want my tooth fairy trilogy

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Why do they even bother?

  • Daryk

    I look forward to this remake being an episode of Boots To Reboots some day.

  • ZombieSlasher1313

    I look forward to this being an episode of Boots To Reboots one day.

    • Chandler Of-Adelaide

      You gonna spam this on every article about a reboot or remake? (Also, having a second account to spam this, Daryk?

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    No one wanted to see it happen but we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later. However, imo, The Rock is always pretty fun to watch on screen so…swings and roundabouts.

  • This should not be!

  • Jonny_anonymous

    Who the hell actually thinks remaking cult films is a good idea?

  • James Allard

    Remake? Cease and desist!

    Sequel? Kurt Russel and Dwayne Johnson front and center. Start today.

  • Golic

    this is where everyone predictably bitches about remakes…then goes to see it.

    • boaaa82 .

      um no

    • Grimphantom

      It happens alot i’m afraid, they say “nooooo remakes suck” but they watch it anyway! Just like how they complain on Michael Bay’s movies when they have the free will of not going and support his movies and flop…….it’s call logic, people!

  • brewers_rule

    I’m cautiously optimistic here. Anyone who’s seen The Rock do SNL and some of his other movies knows he does have some comedic chops that would add a little hometown flavor to the original Burton into a remake. As long as they don’t Fast & Furious it up too much & stick to that comedic formula with the right magical surroundings, I think it could be great. The real question is who they’d cast as Wang, Egg Shen, Gracie Law, & Lopan around him. Egg & Lopan would be pivotal to making this as good as the original, imo.

    • GinsuVictim

      Hell, anyone who watched him in during his original run in WWF knows how funny he is.
      That said, I still don’t want ANOTHER Carpenter film remade.

  • boaaa82 .

    not a fan of the rock but kurt hell yeah

  • Daniel Anderson

    The Rock blew me away on Pain and gain, very entertaining. But given his background, and how it obviously influences how he acts on the big screen, I’m not sure that’s a fit for him. Its going to happen regardless so I hope it doesn’t turn into WWF/E showcase.

  • Eastman420

    Wonder if Carpenter even had a say in it. Probably not

  • Justin Smith

    NO… that is all

  • Mehliens

    FUCK NO. Why? There is not a single director known to me who is as batshit insane and skilled enough to improve on Carpenters bizarro mix of styles yet can keep the humanistic quality of the original versions.

  • TwiztidJuggla420

    I am sure that all of the fans of the original would love to a wrestler (lol) called “The Rock” to star in the remake. He should go back to wrestling, but if he must act he should go back to children movies. Then at least adults wouldn’t have to see his atrocious acting and shitty movies, not that I would see them anyway, but there are great actors out there.

  • Nicholas

    WTF! This does not need a remake; especially not of the quality that is usually created.

  • Jared Prophet

    I am sure this will surprise you, but Dwayne Johnson doesn’t actually write, direct, produce or edit the films he is in. He shows up and stands where he is told to and delivers his lines. And he does that in a compelling and likable way. It is not his fault that some of his movie are boring.

    Dwayne Johnson is an awesome choice to play Jack Burton because he can do bravado, comedy and as the tooth fairy shows, he is willing to look silly. Jack Burton is Inspector Clueso and Hong Kong Phooey. He thinks he is the hero, but it is actually the sidekick who does all of the work. The question is, who do they cast as Wang? And who do they cast as Lo Pan?

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