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MGM Courting Jake Gyllenhaal, Doug Liman for ‘Road House’ Remake

Jake Gyllenhaal Doug Liman
Gyllanhaal: Variety; Liman: Stephen Lovekin/Variety

MGM is ramping up speed on its remake of “Road House,” with Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to star and director Doug Liman circling the project.

While a production start date has not been set, MGM higher-ups reportedly see the project as a priority for the studio. No deals have been signed with Gyllenhaal or Liman yet, though the two are in active talks.

Should both Gyllenhaal and Liman sign on, the “Road House” remake would mark the first collaboration between the actor and director. The pair already have busy schedules ahead, with Gyllenhaal set to begin shooting Guy Ritchie’s Afghanistan War thriller “The Interpreter” and Liman gearing up for production on his adventure film “Everest.”

Released in 1989, the original “Road House” starred Patrick Swayze as James Dalton, a zen bouncer hired to clean up a rough-and-tumble bar in Missouri. Dalton’s successful enterprise attracts the ire of the corrupt businessman (Ben Gazzara) that controls the small town. The film was a modest box office success, grossing $30 million against a reported $15 million budget, and has since accrued the reputation of a cult classic. “Road House” also helped to further solidify the rising Swayze’s stardom, with many of the late actor’s fans holding Dalton as one of his best roles.

At the moment, it remains unclear whether Gyllenhaal will take on the role of Dalton in the “Road House” remake or if the film will function as a different type of interpretation of the 1989 original. MGM execs are reportedly meeting to get a new draft rolling for the project.

Deadline was first to report the news.