Road House: Jake Gyllenhaal officially in the remake for Amazon

Jake Gyllenhaal

Tipped last November, Jake Gyllenhaal will indeed be in the remake of the cult film of the 80s, directed by Doug Liman, and which lands on the Amazon streaming platform following the takeover of MGM.

Released in 1989, road house by Rowdy Herrington follows Dalton, played by Patrick Swayze, a wanted bouncer who moves to small town Missouri to bring order to an unruly bar. He then discovers the extent of the corruption of a local businessman.

Jake Gyllenhaal here will play a former UFC fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a rugged roadhouse in the heart of Keys, Florida. He will then discover that all is not what it seems in this tropical paradise.

In 2021, MGM, which owns the rights to the film, was considering starting the remake with Jake Gyllenhaal and Doug Liman. In March 2022, Amazon entered into a OK to buy the studio for $8.5 billion. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said reassured on keeping the project going: “Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it’s also a great movie, fun and aimed at a wide audience. »

road house is set to begin filming in the Dominican Republic later this month. Billy Magnussen (Aladdin), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage (Assassination Nation)Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle (You), BK Cannon (Why Women Kill), Arthur Castro (A day in the life of Billy Lynn), Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp (The Guilty) and Bob Menery round out the cast.

Doug Liman will direct the film from the screenplay written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. The filmmaker is a regular at action films since he has The memory in the skin, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, jumper, Edge of Tomorrow and lately Chaos Walking to his credit. The latter was also entitled to a release on Prime Video.

Screenwriter Anthony Bagarozzi wrote in 2016 The Nice Guys by Shane Black with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. He and Charles Mondry were originally to team up to write the adaptamanga version Death Note for Netflix before changes caused them to leave the project.

Given the takeover of MGM by Amazon, road house will not have a theatrical release but will be put online directly in streaming on the Amazon platform.

Emilie Bollache

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