Jake Gyllenhaal will channel the late Patrick Swayze as he begins work on a reimagining of a classic 1980s thriller.
Amazon Studios on Tuesday announced that Gyllenhaal will star in a remake of 1989’s “Road House,” directed by Doug Liman. The “Nightcrawler” actor will play a UFC fighter turned bar bouncer with a mysterious past who helps a small town in the Florida Keys from a corrupt businessman.
Gyllenhaal’s character will be a modernized version of Jason Dalton, played by Swayze in the original. The film, which also stars Lukas Gage, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Billy Magnussen and Daniela Melchior, is reportedly set to begin production in the Dominican Republic later this month.
“I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role,” he said.
“The original ‘Road House’ has a special place in my heart and I am so excited to bring this newly imagined version to audiences around the world,” Joel Silver, who produced the original movie and is back for the remake, told Deadline. “Doug and I have each made some big, boisterous action movies and are ready to bring everything we have to this one.”
Swayze was hot off his “Dirty Dancing” success when he appeared in the original “Road House,” which also starred Sam Elliott and Kelly Lynch. The movie received mostly negative reviews, with the Chicago Tribune lambasting Swayze’s performance as “mindless posturing,” but nonetheless was a hit on home video.
“Road House” is one of several projects Gyllenhaal has in the works. He’s also set to appear alongside Elle Fanning and Oscar Isaac in “Francis and The Godfather,” about the making of 1972’s “The Godfather.”