You knew it was coming. MGM, reportedly “keen to exploit its library titles” is setting up all the pieces for a remake of their 1989 Road House, because life is cruel and new ideas are apparently really hard to come by.
The Wrap reports that that studio has picked Rob Cohen to helm the feature, which may just be the wisest choice they could make when it comes to remaking a film that features literal throat-ripping and a guy who drives through a car dealership as proof of how untouchable he is (and he is! At least for a bit!).
Cohen is known for his high-octane, low-intelligence actioners like The Skulls, The Fast and the Furious, xXx, and Stealth. But the director has a hefty number of upcoming projects, including the Jennifer Lopez-starring The Boy Next Door, Crash Bandits, and that Monster Squad remake. Such a packed schedule likely signals that we won’t be getting this remake too soon, though Cohen must feel enamored of it if he even considered adding it to his slate.
Michael Stokes wrote the script for this new remake, and he Cohen seem to be crafting a nice working relationship together – he also wrote Crash Bandits. Despite those whiz-bang titles, Stokes’ resume is also – surprisingly! – crammed with kid-friendly titles, like Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends and Babar and the Adventures of Badou.
There’s no word as to how Stokes has reimagined the world of Road House – a rough and tumble one where Patrick Swayze’s bouncer is the only man with morals in an entire town – but here’s hoping he doesn’t change things too much. After all, no one has ever worried about the bad element in the neighborhood Starbucks, or whatever else is the modern equivalent of the road house.
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