There’s been a surprising flurry of activity in the past 24 hours regarding Amazon’s upcoming remake of the classic 1980s Patrick Swayze-led film “Road House”. The new take stars Jake Gyllenhaal and was helmed by filmmaker Doug Liman (“Edge of Tomorrow,” “The Bourne Identity”).

A new report at Puck News claims Gyllenhaal, Liman and WME CEO Ari Emanuel (Gyllenhaal is represented by WME) were upset that Amazon Studios is choosing to release the film straight to its Prime Video streaming platform and not giving it a theatrical release.

The report alleges the group was so upset at Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke that Emanuel managed to convince Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to screen the film himself on his yacht.

The hope reportedly was that Bezos would love the movie so much that he pushed for it to get a theatrical release himself. It seems it didn’t work, with the outlet saying Salke didn’t change her mind and the film will still be getting a streaming release instead.

A separate report from Variety adds that the film is one of the “highest-testing films” in Liman’s career which makes the decision a bit surprising.

The trade report also says Amazon has strongly denied a claim that it wanted to use A.I. to finish the film which was said to be almost fully finished right before the actor’s strike hit.

The new “Road House” follows a former UFC fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys but soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise.

Conor McGregor, Daniela Melchior, Billy Magnussen, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp and Bob Menery co-star while Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry penned the script.

Source: World of Reel

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