Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen has been tapped to direct an upcoming remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze film Road House.
Swayze played bouncer Dalton, who is hired to take over security at the Double Deuce, a bar in Jasper, Missouri. He clashes with corrupt businessman Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara), who appears to have a stranglehold on the town and its residents. The original Road House was directed by Rowdy Herrington and produced by Joel Silver. The film co-starred Kelly Lynch as Dr. Elizabeth “Doc” Clay, Sam Elliott as Wade Garrett. A direct-to-DVD sequel, Last Call, was released in July 2006 and told the story of Dalton’s adult son, Shane Tanner, a D.E.A. agent.
Road House doubled its $15 million production budget at the box office, but received generally mixed reviews from critics. However, it went on to earn a cult following through cable and home video. The film was nominated for five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Actor. Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson listed Road House as one of the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in his 2005 book, The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
In 2003, Road House was adapted as a campy off-Broadway musical production titled Road House: The Stage Version Of The Cinema Classic That Starred Patrick Swayze, Except This One Stars Taimak From The 80’s Cult Classic ‘The Last Dragon‘ Wearing A Blonde Mullet Wig.
Michael Stokes will write the script for the Road House remake, with Matt Dines expected to oversee the film for MGM. Rob Cohen is best known for directing the first four films in the Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as xXx.
Earlier this month, Paramount announced that another Patrick Swayze film, Ghost, was being adapted as a TV series. The pilot will be written by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe). The film was released in 1990 — two years after Road House — and was nominated for five Academy Awards.