Some scenes in Amazon’s remake of the classic Patrick Swayze film take place in the high-stakes world of mixed martial arts.
Amazon has increased investment in theater movies shows results this weekend as ‘Creed III’ dominates the box office. The film’s success also proves that there’s still a huge audience for combat sports movies – so naturally, Amazon is throwing in another one.
Jake Gyllenhaal is currently running a redo of “Relaythe classic 1989 film about Patrick Swayze working as a bouncer at a small bar in Missouri. The new film directed by Doug Liman gives the story a modern update, with Gyllenhaal playing an old cfu fighter who takes over the security of a bar in the Florida Keys.
In addition to Gyllenhaal, the film also stars UFC legends Jay Hieron and Conor McGregor, who makes his screen debut on the project. With so much UFC street cred on board, the film unsurprisingly goes to great lengths to portray the mixed martial arts league as accurately as possible. So much so that they filmed scenes during an actual UFC fight.
UFC fans descended on Las Vegas on Saturday night for UFC 285, an event headlined by the highly anticipated heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane. But sporting events weren’t the only action on display, as Gyllenhaal was seen filming “Road House” scenes against the backdrop of UFC festivities.
Gyllenhaal held a weigh-in before entering the Octagon to fight Hieron. Although the shoot did not appear on television, fans in attendance were able to witness the entire fight. The scene appears to be a flashback to the “Road House” character’s early years as a professional fighter before moving to Florida.
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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 in a statement when the project was announced last year. “Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, it’s also a great, fun, wide-ranging movie. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Joel, Doug and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and that they come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.
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