Dalton is back. Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star as James Dalton in the upcoming "Road House" reboot. The film will stream on Amazon's Prime Video.
The 1989 cult classic starred Patrick Swayze as James Dalton, a bouncer who takes on the tough job of cleaning up a rough bar's clientele. Sam Elliot, Ben Gazzara, and Kelly Lynch also starred in the film.
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said, "'Road House' is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie. We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel, Doug, and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience."
Doug Liman will direct the project with original producer Joel Silver signing back on to produce. Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry wrote the script.
"I'm thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved ‘Road House' legacy. And I can't wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role," said Liman.
In the reboot, a former UFC fighter (Gyllenhaal) takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys; however, he soon finds out that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise.
Joel Silver also commented about the news, saying, "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. Doug and I have each made some big, boisterous action movies and are ready to bring everything we have to this one."
Gyllenhaal will star alongside 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. Production is set to begin this month in the Dominican Republic.
The Amazon Original Movie will stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide at release.
Gyllenhaal can next be seen in Guy Ritchie's upcoming film "The Interpreter", and recently produced Antoine Fuqua's "The Guilty", which he also starred in. The film was Netflix's #1 film for over three weeks.