The iconic Road House is receiving a remake for Amazon Video, which would no doubt please Peter Griffin.
The movie, which features Jake Gyllenhaal and is directed by Doug Liman (Swingers, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper), started filming in the Dominican Republic approximately a month ago.
For unfamiliar people, the Patrick Swayze-led original focused on a fierce and enigmatic bouncer recruited to guard a roadside pub by a dishonest local business person.
It debuted in theatres in the summer of 1989 and immediately gained popularity at the box office and on home video, earning a respectable $61.6 million against a $15 million budget.
The superstar protagonist in Road House played a significant role in its ability to draw in audiences.
Even yet, it earned lukewarm reviews from notable reviewers like Roger Ebert and was nominated for five separate Razzie Awards without winning any.
It still gets positive user reviews on websites like IMDb, Red Tomatoes, and Metacritic. Hollywood undoubtedly believes that it is ready for a resurrection in large part because of the sustained affection from the audience.
Road House Remake Release Date
The Road House remake’s assumed 2023 release date will probably be in the second half of that year, given that filming has only recently begun. It will be available on Prime Video, as was already revealed.
MMA Junkie Tweeted about the remake on Twitter:
Jake Gyllenhaal and former UFC fighter Jay Heiron film a scene for the Road House remake after #UFC285 ceremonial weigh-ins. 🎥 pic.twitter.com/jl48bOXIbv
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) March 4, 2023
Road House Remake Plot
The original film follows James Dalton, a migrant from New York City, as he tries to control The Double Deuce, a rowdy pub in the sleepy southern town of Jasper, Missouri.
Although he has a dubious past, he performs an excellent job, beating up any customers who try to bother him and steadily but gradually capturing the hearts of Jasper’s ordinary citizens.
He succeeds so well that he catches the eye of neighborhood criminal and businessman Brad Wesley (played by Ben Gazzara), who actively attempts to subjugate the Deuce.
As you can expect, problems arise when Wesley tries to get Dalton to join his side even though he is obstinate and kind-hearted.
Although there is currently no way to predict how closely the remake will resemble the original, it is safe to presume that, like most contemporary remakes of classic movies, the plot will be essentially unchanged but thematically identical.
Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Dalton will be a former UFC fighter who decides to accept a job as a bouncer at a boisterous bar in the Florida Keys, according to the scant material revealed thus far.
The new plot will probably follow the same path as the old one, especially given how well-liked the original story is among the typical Road House fan. We’ll have to wait to see if the cheese from the 1980s is still present.
Road House Remake Cast
The cast of this adaptation is the most intriguing aspect, and not just because Gyllenhaal must attempt to fill Swayze’s shoes.
The Day After Tomorrow and Brokeback Mountain have both received critical praise, so the actor, 41, is no new to the limelight.
His portrayal of Mysterio in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of his most notable performances, and he has continued to play A-list parts in more recent times.
Gyllenhaal undoubtedly has the star power to play James Dalton. Doug Liman, an accomplished director who has helmed several well-liked action films and is known for infusing his thrillers with a fair dose of humor, will be directing him.
Unless you count his post-fight tantrums and antics, the biggest name in the supporting cast is a man who has never even performed in an acting role.
Conor McGregor, a notorious former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, will make his acting debut in a part that, like all the others but Gyllenhaal’s, hasn’t been made public.
He should play Wade Garrett, a mentor figure/foil portrayed by Sam Elliott in the first movie.
Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad, the upcoming Fast X), Billy Magnussen (The Many Saints of Newark, No Time To Die), Lukas Gage (The White Lotus, Euphoria), Travis Van Winkle (You, The Last Ship), Arturo Castro (Narcos, Broad City), and J.D. Pardo (F9, Mayans M.C.) are among the notable actors who round out the rest of the cast.
Furthermore featured are veteran actors Joaquim de Almeida (Clear and Present Danger, Fast Five) and Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers, Snowfall).
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Road House Remake Trailer
Although the Road House revival is still in its early stages of production, there isn’t a trailer for the movie.
After the exact date is determined, we might anticipate seeing the trailer a few months before the movie’s premiere.
Here is the original Road House movie trailer while you wait.
In the trailer, Patrick Swayze plays James Dalton, who breaks up bar fights, pursues attractive women, and battles off evil individuals who threaten to disturb the calm he has worked so hard to establish.