It seems that a reboot of 80’s action movie Road House is now officially in the works and there is an MMA tie-in this time around as Jake Gyllenhaal will take the lead role as an ex-UFC fighter who takes a job as the head bouncer at a “rough and tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys.”
MMA fans may remember that at one point a reboot of the Patrick Swayze classic was being considered a few years ago that would have starred Ronda Rousey, back at a time when she was at the peak of her stardom in the UFC.
However, Rousey’s subsequent brutal beatdowns at the hands of Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes in the Octagon appeared to result in the project being scrapped in pre-production.
Given Rousey’s acting ability, or lack thereof, in films like Furious 7, It would seem that Road House will be in much safer hands with a proven movie star like Gyllenhaal, who has previous experience playing the role of a combat sports veteran after starring as a professional boxer in the 2015 movie, Southpaw.
Meanwhile, the movie will be directed by Doug Liman, who is best known for movies like The Bourne Identity, Edge Of Tomorrow and Mr & Mrs Smith.
“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,” Liman said in a press release.