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.