Remake alert: The Rock is looking to cause Big Trouble in Little China

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Jun 1, 2015, 6:54 PM EDT (Updated)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a reasonable guy who's going to experience some very unreasonable things.

That's because the star of this past weekend's box-office champ San Andreas is in talks to headline a remake of John Carpenter‘s 1986 action/martial arts/supernatural thriller Big Trouble in Little China. According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox is developing the project from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote Thor and X-Men: First Class.

Johnson will play Jack Burton, a trucker who finds himself trying to rescue a green-eyed girl from the clutches of an evil sorceror in San Francisco’s Chinatown district. The original film is apparently one of the former wrestler's favorites (hopefully he'll get to say the line of dialogue about "unreasonable things" that we've paraphrased above). 

Burton was played in the original by Kurt Russell, marking his third collaboration with Carpenter after Escape From New York (1981) and The Thing (1982). Although the film has become a cult classic over the years, it was not a success when it came out, grossing just $11 million against a $20 million budget.

The movie's failure disenchanted Carpenter with the major Hollywood studios, and he went back to making independent films like Prince of Darkness and They Live. If the new Big Trouble in Little China makes it to the screen, it will be the fifth movie from Carpenter‘s filmography -- after Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog and The Thing -- to go through the remake machine, with a sixth possibly on the way in Escape From New York.

You can see Johnson now in the earthquake epic San Andreas, and of course he's signed to play Black Adam in the Warner Bros./DC movie Shazam way down the line in 2019. What do you think of him playing Jack Burton, and how do you feel about a Big Trouble in Little China remake?

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