Dust off your mom jeans and limber up your unintelligible cod-philosophy. One of the greatest movies of the 1980s is back, baby! The Roadhouse remake has been greenlit.
In the 1989 original is a cult classic and a touchstone of the period. Patrick Swayze played James Dalton, a “cooler” (head bouncer) with a nifty line in martial arts movies and an even niftier line in zen and bar room philosophy.
He is hired to clean up a hellish pit of a Missouri bar, and this brings him into conflict with a corrupt businessman (Ben Gazzara) who controls the town.
The movie may have only been a modest box office succes – grossing $30 million against a reported $15 million budget – but it’s legend has grown over time and is now considered one of Swayze’s greatest works with its down home, folksy charm, it’s soundtrack, it’s violence, and enough boobs to have made an indelible mark on teenage boys at the time.
The Roadhouse remake has some big guns behind it. Amazon are bankrolling for their Prime Video service. Oscar and Tony-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star as the lead.
Doug Liman will direct from a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry. Original producer Joel Silver is back on board.
This comes to Amazon as it was part of the extensive MGM library that they now own. Amazon’s head Jennifer Salke said:
“Roadhouse is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie. We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel, Doug, and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”
Doug Liman also chimed in:
“I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Roadhouse legacy. And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.”
According to the details released by the studio, the new take stars Gyllenhaal as a former UFC fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys, but he soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise.
Production starts in the Dominican Republic this month and a cast is already in place, including Billy Magnussen (No Time to Die), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), Gbemisola Ikumelo (A League of Their Own), and Travis Van Winkle (You).
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