Alright, look… we were never expecting Citizen f***ing Kane with Amazon Prime Video‘s Road House reboot — which the first trailer makes abundantly clear that it is decidedly not — but we were expecting a good, low-stakes time. And low-stakes fun is precisely what we’re getting.
This new take follows former UFC fighter Elwood Dalton (Jake Gyllenhaal), who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys. Dalton soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise, where shady businessmen look to bulldoze the locals for profit.
Filmed everywhere from the Dominican Republic to UFC 285: Jon Jones vs Cyril Gane — wherein Gyllenhaal participated in a mock ceremonial weigh-in before shooting a choreographed cage fight against former UFC welterweight Jay Hieron — this has been a full-scale undertaking.
The Academy Award-nominated leading man has been joined by a cast featuring the likes of Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp, Bob Menery, and making his Hollywood screen debut, former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.
As revealed in the trailer, McGregor has made the easy transition from MMA heel to screen villain Knox.
Despite scoring extremely well with general audiences in test screenings, it’s headed straight to streaming with no theatrical release; something which has soundly pissed off Mr Gyllenhaal, director Doug Liman, as well as recently fired producer Joel Silver. Gyllenhaal and Silver went as far as to privately screen the film for Jeff Bezos himself on the billionaire’s yacht. Though that clearly did very little to persuade the company it deserved the big screen treatment.
The Road House reboot hits Amazon Prime Video on March 21st, 2024 — check out the trailer above.