The cult classic Road House is the latest movie to be remade, and this time, Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing the role memorably portrayed in the original by late actor Patrick Swayze. Directed by Doug Liman, the remake was penned by Anthony Bagarozzi, Chuck Mondry, and Sheldon Turner. Original Road House producer Joel Silver also serves as a producer on the new version, which is in development at Amazon Studios for a streaming release on Prime Video.
While Gyllenhaal is playing a new incarnation of Dalton, there are some differences with the new movie. Gyllenhaal’s Dalton is an ex-UFC fighter who winds up working at a Florida Keys roadhouse where trouble inevitably arises. Along with Gyllenhaal, some of the other names confirmed for the cast include Daniela Melchior, Conor McGregor, Billy Magnussen, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, and Travis Van Winkle.
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In a recent interview for The Late Show, Gyllenhaal confirmed to Stephen Colbert that the Road House remake has finished filming. Colbert reveals that he’d auditioned for the original Road House and suggests he should have been brought in for a special cameo in the remake, perhaps as a background extra who gets his “teeth punched out.” While it’s probably too late to get a Colbert cameo slipped in, Gyllenhaal does tease that the film is still a lot of “fun,” hoping that people will enjoy it.
“It really is so fun, though. The movie, we did finish, and the movie is going to be so fun,” the actor says, though he does tease that Colbert could still be brought in to “make it funner” when the cast and crew film some final pick-up shots.
Jake Gyllenhaal Is Excited to Reimagine Road House
The original Road House was helmed by Rowdy Herrington and written by David Lee Henry and Hilary Henkin. Patrick Swayze starred as a professional cooler at a roadside bar whose town is threatened by a corrupt business magnate. Sam Elliott, Kelly Lynch, and Ben Gazzara also starred. It didn’t get the warmest reception from critics at the time, though it has come to be more appreciated in subsequent years, now regarded by many as one of Swayze’s most enjoyable films.
That poses a challenge for Gyllenhaal, who has some pretty big shoes to fill by coming into a role that was previously popularized by the legendary actor that is Swayze. In a separate interview for Good Morning America, Gyllenhaal also spoke about how it felt to be taking on that job. The actor admits that it’s going to be hard to fill Swayze’s shoes, but at the same time, he was a personal friend of the late actor, and Gyllenhaal is very excited to reimagine his old pal’s character in a fun, new way.
They’re big shoes to fill, but Patrick was a friend when he was here,” Gyllenhaal said. “He was always so loving and lovely to me. I take that all to heart in playing the role and there are some things I take from him, but generally we made a whole new movie and I’m really excited about it.”
The Road House remake doesn’t yet have a premiere date set at Prime Video.