Dwayne Johnson
Johnson is fast becoming known as Hollywood's leading action star following the box office success of his latest movie San Andreas, during its opening weekendFrazer Harrison/Getty

Fresh off the success of his latest movie San Andreas, which marked his highest grossing box office weekend ever, Dwayne Johnson is said to be currently in negotiations to both star in and produce a remake of John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China.

It was reported exclusively by The Wrap that if the remake goes ahead, X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will pen the screenplay and The Rock will portray Jack Burton, a character initially played by Kurt Russell, back in the 1980s version.

The film's plot follows all-American trucker Burton as he becomes involved in a Chinatown underworld fight when he attempts to help friend Wang Chi rescue his fiancée from bandits in San Francisco.

Along with his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, and partners Dany and Hiram Garcia, the 43-year-old Fast & Furious star pitched the reboot to 20th Century Fox (the rights-owners who released the original movie in 1986), already having Miller and Stentz confirmed to be on board if they allow him to go forward with the project.

Despite only grossing just over $11m (£7.22m) at the box office, a mere half of its estimated budget and being considered a commercial failure by critics, Big Trouble In Little China saw a steady growth in home videos and is now regarded as a cult classic by its devoted fans, many years after its first release.

Johnson is currently filming Ballers, an HBO series about a group of retired football players and their families, friends and their publicity agents as they try to move on from the glory days.

He is also working on upcoming Disney animation, Moana about a spirited teenager who embarks on a mission to sail around the world to prove herself a master explorer, finishing one of her ancestor's unfinished quests. Along her journey, she is joined by a once-mighty, demi-god Maui, a character voiced by Johnson.