Let me begin this article by saying Jake Gyllenhaal is my favorite “young” A-list actor. Either him or Ryan Gosling. Why? Because in addition to being wildly talented, they’re absolute weirdos. Before Jake G turned 40 and started signing up for tons of blockbuster projects, my dude spent a decade on the indie/drama/non-action-movie scene putting in the work and honing his craft. The same can be said for Gosling.
The point being: if there’s one movie star in Hollywood who can and should be trusted with remaking a film as iconic as Road House — the 1989 cult action classic that starred Patrick Swayze — which is apparently happening over at Prime Video.
To be fair to Amazon, the director they tapped is certainly an excellent choice, too, as Doug Liman — the filmmaker behind movies such as Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity — will helm the project. Liman is also currently attached to direct that movie that will be sending Tom Cruise to space. Literal SPACE.
However, while I might be on the more open-minded side, there’s certainly a large portion of the movie-going population that doesn’t feel the same way, as the takes about the Gyllenhaal-starring Road House remake have been QUITE spicy, to say the least.
Movie fans react to reports of Prime Video making a Road House remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal
— Tre Courtney 🇺🇲 (@TreCourtney1996) August 2, 2022
Stop. Just STOP! https://t.co/7ycpAV94hx
— La Reina🇺🇸Creole🇩🇴🇯🇲🇵🇷🇹🇹🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇽🇨🇴 (@LaReinaCreole) August 2, 2022
The original is perfectly absurd. Please don’t ruin it 🙏🏼 https://t.co/PespAspDRx
— Socio del Ritmo (@SoulToSqueeze14) August 2, 2022
— Sara Cederberg (@scederbe) August 2, 2022
— meow mow (@foudeed) August 2, 2022
Why remake a perfect movie?
— Drew (@Drew_TandB) August 2, 2022
Here’s the official synopsis for the original Road House, which was directed by Rowdy Herrington:
The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he’s more than capable — busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. But Dalton’s romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley.
In addition to Gyllenhaal, the Road House remake will also star Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, and Beau Knapp.
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