Not that anyone could ever replace Patrick Swayze – as the iconic PhD-educated bouncer James Dalton in a Road House reboot or otherwise – but I suppose if it had to be anyone, why not Jake Gyllenhaal? Deadline has revealed discussion surrounding the classic flick’s 21st-century refresh is beginning to ramp up over at the boardrooms of MGM. Gyllenhaal is, of course, currently the favourite to lead. Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow, American Made), on the other hand, is in talks to direct.
As you’d expect from an early announcement such as this, from the production schedule to story, there are still plenty of unknowns. In terms of the former, the major obstacles in the way involve Jake Gyllenhaal gearing up for one of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming war films The Interpreter (yes, there are several on its way); as well as Doug Liman gearing up for Everest starring Ewan McGregor and Mark Strong… while also developing another project with Tom Cruise, which will mark the first major studio film shot in space.
In terms of the latter, as per Deadline:
“It’s unknown whether this will be a straight remake or a modern take on the material, and its also unknown if Gyllenhaal will be playing the role of Dalton or play a completely new character in that world. Given Liman’s track record of high-speed thrills and action, along with his innovative style with rich and interesting stories, audiences can expect that same fun that the original delivered on.”
All we know for certain is that studio executives are already meeting with rewrites to punch up a previous draft accomplished by Anthony Bagarozzi (The Nice Guy) and Charles Mondry (Doc Savage), viewing the film as a “high priority.”
Given the original film’s disappointing direct-to-video sequel back in 2006 starring Johnathon Schaech as the son of Swayze’s James Dalton, you’d think the studio suits would have learned their lesson. The legacy of Road House 2: Last Call, however, has done very little to slow this reboot’s momentum. In 2015, the trigger was almost pulled with UFC legend turned WWE fixture, Ronda Rousey, locked in to star. As for the captain of this ship that never was, The Notebook and John Q director Nick Cassavetes was apparently attached.
For those of you who haven’t made time for this quintessentially 80s bit of cinema – read: essential viewing – here’s the official synopsis for the original Road House:
The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line... and Dalton (portrayed by Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the PhD-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 (portrayed by Kelly Lynch) puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley (portrayed by Ben Gazzara).
Stay tuned for further details on the coming Road House reboot here (regardless of whether it’ll actually star Jake Gyllenhaal).