The 1989 high kicking cult classic Road House is getting a remake, and the first cast members have now been confirmed.
From the fashion to the rock music, Road House is a film unapologetically of its time, but it is beloved by the generation who grew up watching a sweat soaked Patrick Swayze brawl it out with an implausibly high number of goons in a downtrodden bar.
For all its campy dialogue and over the top violence, Road House remains a firm favourite largely due to the likeability of Swayze and the great Sam Elliott, as well as solid action direction by Rowdy Herrington and a script that is eminently quotable (“A polar bear fell on me” is the one that never fails to make me laugh).
A sequel, unsurprisingly called Road House 2, was released straight to DVD in 2006, but with no connection to the original bar the name, it gained little fanfare and is largely forgotten.
The new film, however, is a big budget affair. It will follow the same beats as the original, except it is a former UFC fighter who takes up a job as a bouncer at a bar in the Florida Keys.
Playing the bouncer this time around will be Jake Gyllenhaal, with MMA fighter Conor McGregor making his film acting debut in a role that is yet to be confirmed.
Starring alongside them are Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp and Bob Menery.
The Bourne Identity‘s Doug Liman is directing from a screenplay by Anthony Bagarozzi, co-writer of 2016’s The Nice Guys, and Charles Mondry.
It is set to begin production next month and will be released via Prime Video next year.
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