‘Road House’ Remake Being Directed by ‘Fast and the Furious’ Helmer

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Fans of beloved films of the past have become increasingly forced to accept the fact that – in the age of remakes and franchise reboots – nothing is sacred. It’s true that some characters (James Bond, Batman, etc.) are bound to live on forever in an endless cycle of reimaginings as new filmmakers bring their own vision to life, and some films feel so old-fashioned that an attempt to modernize and bring the story to a new generation makes sense (i.e. the recent Carrie remake).

Yet, in other cases, a film’s appeal is based on the fact that it encapsulates the time of its release so perfectly that it becomes beloved largely because of its nostalgic properties. This particular group of films is far trickier to resurrect for today’s viewers, but in the case of one 1980s favorite, we’re going to see a remake anyway.

According to The Wrap, Rob Cohen – whose previous credits include the original The Fast and the Furious and xXx – will direct MGM’s upcoming remake of Road House, the 1989 action film that starred Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott. Michael Stokes will write the script for the new film.

The original Road House centered on a bouncer named James Dalton (Swayze) who is hired to lead security at a violent bar in Missouri. Its initial release was met with mixed reviews and modest success at the box office, but the film has since developed cult status. It’s unknown at this early stage what changes the remake will make to the original premise.

However, it’s hard to argue that – if the Road House remake hopes to emulate the over-the-top fun of the original – Cohen is a solid choice. After all, it is this very same tone that has helped the Fast and Furious franchise thrive, and while Cohen hasn’t touched the series since the first film, he did help to set its tone and style, which director Justin Lin honed and refreshed in subsequent entries. He’s also rebounding from the critical and financial failure of last year’s Alex Cross and could use a return to the world of action films.

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Road House is also far from the only new take on a project that once starred Swayze. Remakes of Dirty Dancing (and opposed to the 2004 pseudo-sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights) and Point Break are reportedly still in the works, as is a television series based on the Oscar-winning film Ghost. Still, the prospect of a Road House remake faces a similar challenge as last year’s Red Dawn (also, incidentally, a remake of a film starring Swayze).

Both Road House and Red Dawn are so indicative of the era in which they were conceived that they risk feeling out of place in 2013. Audiences may enjoy taking a nostalgic trip back to the testosterone-driven action films of the 1980s (as the success of The Expendables testifies), but a Road House remake risks feeling dated (as was the case with the Red Dawn remake) and a baseless attempt to cash in on a film that many fans still hold dear. Without the right approach, Road House may fail to connect with new viewers and alienate longtime fans, ending up on the wrong side of the thin line between an awesomely bad movie and just a bad movie altogether. Here’s hoping Cohen can steer clear of the latter.

Do you think a Road House remake can work, and is Cohen the right man for the job? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Source: The Wrap

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  1. Regardless if they do a remake or not, what about the other characters? Who would you like to see play the Doc (Kelly Lynch), Wade Garrett (Sam Elliott), Cody (Jeff Healy), and Tilghman (Kevin Tighe) just to name a few? There is more than just Dalton.

    • Would Love to see Don Swayze as Wade Garrett.. not sure abt the others. ♥

    • They are all still pretty good actors and have aged well, we could keep Sam Shepard for sure!

  2. I am confused how Christian Kane having supportive fans will hurt him. Check out his work and you will see he is right for the role of Dalton. Feel free to suggest someone else if you don’t agree.

  3. How about Bruce Willis for Wade Garrett?

  4. My vote is for Christian Kane as Dalton. Plain and simple. No one can ever truly replace Patrick Swayze, but if they’re going to try, why not give Christian a chance? He’s one guy whom I believe could pull it off. Yes, I’m a Kaniac. And proudly so, thank you very much.

  5. I think remaking Road House is a great idea. It’ll give the younger generation an idea how great this movie is. They tend to want things from the 80′s, but they do need them modernized. I think Christian Kane is really a perfect actor for this role. The younger movie goers remember him from Dawson’s Creek, Angel and Leverage. Some remember him from some of the “B” movies he has made, too. But, casting a well known actor in this role would be overshadowing the whole movie. They need an actor who is one of those “oh, yeah, I remember him” actors, who will draw not only his fans, but others that remember him from other gigs. Always remember, it is getting an actor/actress to fit the role that makes for a great movie!!!

    • I so love your comment about using a lesser known Actor to play the role of Dalton so as not to draw attention away from the film! Christian is so perfect for this role!

  6. My wife says don’t do it unless you use Misha Collins or Gerard Butler. Personally, my man Jet Li would kick ass. Gotta have someone short so they can say I thought you would be taller.

  7. I hope they go with a lesser known actor for Dalton, but Kane is not a lead actor. He’s gotten by on his looks. His facial expressions look contrived and unnatural, and his cadence is awkward. He’s the Mr. T of Leverage. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, just not THE guy for this part. Regardless, I really hope it’s better than the remake of Red Dawn. It blew!

  8. Christian Kane would make an awesome Dalton……he is perfect for the role. (not Swayze but he would make a great Dalton)…. I thought you’d be bigger.

  9. Christian Kane is THE ONLY MAN for this role!

  10. Really! Christian Kane? U might as well push it straight to video. Gerard butler for Dalton,im watchin 300 at the moment tho lol,jennifer Aniston for the chick,liam Nielsen for wade,bad guy needs to be someone young tho,hate old man bad guys