Someone Wants a 'Road House' Remake

Posted 2:52 PM November 25th, 2013 by Jeff Giles
Road House

Someone finally spun the giant remake dartboard in the MGM executive suite hard enough to make it spin all the way around to Road House, so -- like it or not -- plans are afoot to turn the totally '80s cult classic into a hit for a new generation.

The original, of course, starred an exquisitely mulleted Patrick Swayze as the bouncer in a gross bar where people got punched in the face a lot. It wasn't any good, but it had a fun cast (including Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott), and its sheer over-the-topness has made it a perennial favorite among filmgoers who like to enjoy their movies with a heaping dose of irony.

How exactly you turn a so-bad-it's-good movie into a hit remake is now the problem of screenwriter Michael Stokes, whose eclectic filmography apparently includes everything from Iron Eagle IV and a slew of children's TV series, as well as director Rob Cohen, who's apparently still smarting from the failure of the would-be franchise-starter Alex Cross. We're sure they're both nice enough guys, and sincerely wish them all the best, but really -- is there anyone outside the MGM payroll who sees this as anything but a cynical fool's errand?

As Screen Rant notes, the Road House redux comes in the midst of a strange flurry of Swayze-derived development, which already included a Dirty Dancing remake, a new Point Break, and a TV series based on Ghost. What, no love for Next of Kin?

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