Yes folks, it’s definitely happening. In case you were still wondering if the planned Roadhouse reboot from director Doug Liman starring Jake Gyllenhaal was a joke, we have an official BTS pic of the two from set. Gyllenhaal posted the picture of himself and Liman on his official Instagram page and you can now check it out below for better or worse.
In the above post, Gyllenhaal states that it’s day 1 of production and that he’s wanted to work with Liman for years. Too bad it wasn’t on something original. Remember when that happened?
Doug Liman helming the reboot from a script penned by Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry. The one saving grace I guess you can take from this is that the Joel Silver, who produced the original classic, is on board here as well. Maybe with Silver present, the movie won’t fumble the look and feel of the original.
The original Road House dropped in 1989 and it is considered to be one of the late, great Patrick Swayze’s best roles in his career that was cut short due to cancer. Swayze starred as the iconic cooler Dalton who proceeds to clean up the Double Deuce bar when a greedy developer (Ben Gazzara) starts to dismantle the small town that the establishment is in. The eclectic cast included Sam Elliot, Kelly Lynch and Marshall Teague who I got to talk to earlier this year and it holds a special place in my heart so to say that this one better not piss on the memory of the original is an understatement.
According to Variety, Gyllenhaal will star “as a former UFC fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys, but “soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise.” Wow, he’s a UFC fighter. How diverse.
Gyllenhaal is starring along with Billy Magnussen (“No Time to Die”), Daniela Melchior (“The Suicide Squad”), Gbemisola Ikumelo (“A League of Their Own”), Lukas Gage (“The White Lotus”), Hannah Love Lanier (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”), Travis Van Winkle (“You”), B.K. Cannon (“Why Women Kill”), Arturo Castro (“Broad City”), Dominique Columbus (“Ray Donovan”), Beau Knapp (“Seven Seconds”) and Bob Menery per Variety. Excuse me while I contain my excitement for this cast. On credible athletic hiring comes in the form of UFC champ Connor McGregor who recently joined the cast as well. McGregor will most likely play the heavy in the film.
Now I always say I’ll reserve judgment until I see footage and this applies to this project as well. If it is done right with respect to the original and it has that feel of what mage the original such a great film to fans then sure, it could work. Gyllenhaal is a good actor and he could totally sell it. It will certainly be interesting to see how it evolves.
If I seem bitter in this post, it’s because the original movie means so much to me as it was one of many that grew my love of all things action. Swayze had such a presence and swagger that you can’t teach someone and the movie was a perfect example of what made the 80’s great. The reboot can’t fall into how society is today. It needs to say “Fuck it. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.” It needs to stand it’s ground and celebrate these types of movies and not sell them out.
Stay tuned and keep it locked and loaded right here for more to follow as we are your destination for everything action in 2022 and beyond! Maybe I’ll go watch the original to get the bad taste out of my mouth. No offense Jake.