No deal is done yet, but director Doug Liman may be directing a new Road House film, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role.

It’s a testament to Jake Gyllenhaal’s quality as an actor, as well as his work ethic, that he seems to be linked with more roles than you can shake a metaphorical stick at. The latest Gyllenhaal casting rumour suggests that he may well be taking on the tallest of orders: starring in a remake of the legendary 1980s cult classic, Road House.

The original film starred Patrick Swayze in a role that would contribute to a legendary mid-80s to early 90s run for the actor. In the 1989 original, Swayze starred as James Dalton, ‘a bouncer hired to clean up a rough-and-tumble bar in Missouri and his successful enterprise attracted the ire of town’s powerful and corrupt businessman.’

Whilst we’re not quite sure how you could make this in 2021 without going darker and losing the charm of the original, we have to admit, we are a little bit intrigued. And if anybody could put a film even slightly as wild together, Doug Liman might be the director to do it. Liman has Everest on his slate next, whilst we’ll see Gyllenhaal next in Michael Bay’s Ambulance, which releases next year. But who knows? It seems both of them are being drawn to bringing Road House back to the big screen…

When we hear more about this one, you can be sure we’ll let you know.

Variety

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