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Jake Gyllenhaal Finally Responds To Director’s Boycott


Summary

  • Road House
    is getting a Prime Video release, which has prompted a boycott from director Doug Liman who wanted the movie to go theatrical.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal responds by expressing admiration for Liman’s passion, but affirming that the Amazon was plain about the movie going straight to streaming.
  • Conor McGregor supports the theatrical experience and expresses interest in talking to Jeff Bezos about it.



Road House stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor respond to director Doug Liman’s boycott of the remake’s premiere over the film’s controversial release strategy. Serving as a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze film, Road House features Gyllenhaal starring as Dalton, a former MMA fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida dive bar. The film is slated for a Prime Video exclusive release next month, which has prompted Liman to boycott the film’s SXSW premiere and criticize Amazon for not giving the movie a theatrical bow.

Ahead of the Road House remake’s release date, Gyllenhaal breaks his silence about Liman’s boycott and the controversy surrounding the movie during a recent interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar). McGregor, who plays antagonist Knox in the film, also weighs in on the drama. Check out their comments below:


Jake Gyllenhaal: “I adore Doug’s tenacity, and I think he is advocating for filmmakers, and film in the cinema, and theatrical releases. But, I mean, Amazon was always clear that it was streaming. I just want as many people to see it as possible.

“And I think we’re living in a world that’s changing in how we see and watch movies, and how they’re made. What’s clear to me, and what I loved so much, was [Liman’s] deep love for this movie, and his pride at how much he cares for it, how good he feels it is, and how much people should see it.”

“I’ve also sat watching a film on my computer, or in different places, and been so profoundly moved. If the job of a story is to move people, I have been moved in both forms. I’m a deep lover of cinema and the theatrical release – but I also do really embrace the streaming world.”


Conor McGregor: “I’d love for it to be in theaters. I’m for the theater. I understand the business, also… I’d love a call with Bezos.”

More to come…

Source: Total Film (via GamesRadar)

Road House (2024)

Road House is a remake of the original 1989 film, which followed protagonist Dalton, a Ph.D. educated bouncer at the roughest bar in the south known as the Double Deuce. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Dalton, with two major changes including Dalton being a retired UFC fighter and the bar locale being in the Florida Keys.

Director
Doug Liman

Release Date
March 21, 2024

Studio(s)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , Silver Pictures

Distributor(s)
Prime Video

Writers
Anthony Bagarozzi , Charles Mondry , David Lee Henry

Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal , Daniela Melchior , Billy Magnussen , Jessica Williams , Joaquim De Almeida , Conor McGregor , Lukas Gage , Arturo Castro , B.K. Cannon , Beau Knapp , Darren Barnet , Dominique Columbus , Bob Menery



This story originally appeared on Screenrant

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