Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to star in 'Big Trouble in Little China' remake (Exclusive)

Dwayne Johnson Causes Hollywood Quake at San Andreas Premiere
Dwayne Johnson Causes Hollywood Quake at San Andreas Premiere

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in negotiations to star in a remake of John Carpenter's cult classic "Big Trouble in Little China" that will be written by "X-Men: First Class" scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

A representatives for 20th Century Fox did not immediately respond to a requestsfor comment.

The original 1986 movie starred Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall. The film only grossed $11 million at the domestic box office but it is revered as a cult classic and a cable TV staple that fans can't turn away from when it airs.

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Johnson is making a deal play Jack Burton, an All-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Johnson and his producing partners Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia pitched the remake to Fox, which controlled the rights, having released the original movie. "Big Trouble in Little China" is one of Johnson's favorite movies, and Miller and Stentz have already closed a deal to write the script.

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Johnson is coming off a $54 million opening weekend for "San Andreas," which was also set in San Francisco. The film topped both the domestic and international box office. He'll soon be seen on HBO's new original series "Ballers," which debuts later this month, and he's also set to star in WB's comic book movie "Shazam." Johnson is also lending his voice to Disney's animated movie "Moana." He's represented by WME and Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.

Miller and Stentz wrote the screenplay for Marvel's "Thor" as well as the upcoming "Power Rangers" movie that will be directed by Dean Israelite. They're repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment.