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MGM’s ‘Roadhouse’ Remake May Have Found Its Swayze


“Roadhouse,” the film that if it weren’t for “Family Guy,” would have been relegated to ’80s nostalgia and not much else. Or, at least that was until now. MGM has been looking for a director and actor to helm their remake of the ’80s cult classic. 

They seem to be in talks with “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman about helming the project. That’s great and all, but who is going to play the Swayze stand-in is the real question. It’ll be big shoes to fill, that’s for certain. Well, reports indicate that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in the remake. 

Jake Gyllenhaal certainly wouldn’t be my first pick to replace Swayze, but I’m interested to see what he does with the role of “tough guy bouncer.” There’s no word on any other roles at this time. So, we’ll have to wait to find out who our Doc and Wade is too. I hope they do bring Sam Elliot back in some capacity. That guy would still fit right into a movie about dive bar bouncing and brawling.

MGM has made the project a top priority for some strange reason. My guess is they want those slick, police de-escalation video sales. The studio, after being bought out by Amazon, is now being headed by Michael De Luca, producer of such films as “The Social Network,” “Captain Phillips.” Outside of Bond, MGM doesn’t have much, so this could be an attempt to bring back the 80s action tentpole movies again. I for one am all in.   

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