Remakes are everywhere these days. And, at the same time, the ’80s are making a comeback in a big way. Just look at the success of shows like Stranger Things and the recent Prime Video hit, Paper Girls. So it only follows that an ’80s remake would enter our orbit. And that’s exactly what we’re getting. Move over Patrick Swayze! Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in a remake of the cult-movie Road House. This one is going to be… something. It may even be good.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gyllenhaal will play an ex-UFC fighter who becomes a bouncer at a gritty roadhouse in the Florida Keys. And, per the Road House remake’s logline, Gyllenhaal’s character “soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise.” Well, it would be too easy if paradise was actually paradise.
This echoes the original Road House script, which starred Patrick Swayze in the role Jake Gyllenhaal will soon fill. Instead of Florida, the original ’80s movie took place in Missouri and involved the evil-doing of a corrupt businessman.
Also starring in the remake are Billy Magnussen, Suicide Squad‘s Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, and Lukas Gage. Additionally, UFC champion Conor McGregor will star in the film, marking his major acting debut. Joaquim de Almeida, Darren Barnet, Kevin Carroll, and JD Pardo have also come aboard the cast. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry will pen the scripts. Meanwhile, Doug Liman will direct Road House.
Liman notes, “I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Road House legacy. And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.” Patrick Swayze is, of course, a legend, and those who love the original Road House may not immediately accept Gyllenhaal in the role. Remakes don’t always hit in the right way. Then again, the ’80s are back baby, and this Road House remake could be a lot of fun. Good luck to you, Jake Gyllenhaal.