Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks for a reboot of the classic Patrick Swayze flick, “Road House.” Director Doug Liman of “Swingers” fame is also attached to the project. The story of a bouncer at a rowdy dive bar was panned by critics upon it’s 1989 release, but audiences loved it and it’s become a classic.
The movie did get a straight-to-video sequel in 2006, but it was poorly-received all around. Now, it seems MGM is placing a reboot of the film as a top priority. Deadline is reporting that the star and director are in deep discussions about getting the movie started.
The nature of the reboot is unknown. It may be a traditional remake. Given some of the content of the original film, a re-imagining might make more sense in a modern context. Either way, it’s got Road House fans buzzing.
Gyllenhaal has been busy lately. “The Guilty” premiered on Netflix on October 1 after a successful run on the film festival circuit. He also received Tony nominations for his stage performances in “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Slave Play.” He will follow up with the action thriller movie “Ambulance.”
Nothing has been finalized yet as far as Jake’s involvement in the movie. MGM previously toyed with the idea of having Ronda Rousey lead the reboot, but the plan was scrapped. Now, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached, the concept seems to be getting more traction and stands a great chance of getting made.
There’s no date set for the start of production at this time. If Gyllenhaal and Liman both sign on, expect the timetable to accelerate rapidly. MGM really wants to get this movie done.
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