Some scenes in Amazon’s remake of the classic Patrick Swayze film take place in the high-stakes world of mixed martial arts.
Amazon’s increased investment in theatrical films is showing results this weekend as “Creed III” dominates the box office. The success of the film also proves that there is still a large audience for films about martial arts – so of course Amazon is pushing forward with another film.
Jake Gyllenhaal is currently filming the remake of “Road House,” the classic 1989 film about Patrick Swayze, who works as a bouncer at a small Missouri bar. The new film, directed by Doug Liman, gives the story a modern update, with Gyllenhaal playing a former UFC fighter who takes over security at a Florida bar.
In addition to Gyllenhaal, the film also stars UFC legends Jay Hieron and Conor McGregor, who is making his debut in the project. With a lot of UFC street cred on board, the film unsurprisingly goes out of its way to portray the MMA as accurately as possible. So much so that they filmed scenes at an actual UFC match.
UFC fans traveled to Las Vegas on Saturday night for UFC 285, an event featuring the highly anticipated heavyweight fight between Jon Jones and Cyril Gane. But sporting events weren’t the only performance at the show, as Gyllenhaal was seen filming from the ‘Road House’ in the backdrop of UFC festivities.
Gyllenhaal held a weigh-in before stepping into the Octagon to fight Hieron. Although the footage was not televised, fans in attendance were able to witness the entire fight. The scene appears to be a flashback to the character’s early years in “Road House,” when he moves to Florida as a professional fighter.
Amazon hasn’t announced a release date for “Road House,” but the project is clearly a priority for the studio.
“‘Road House’ is a home run for us,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said when the project was announced last year. “Not only is it a nod to the fans of the original, but it’s also a big, fun, broad-based film. We are thrilled to be working with Joel, Doug and this great cast, led by Jake Gyllenhaal, to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”
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