The reimagined version of the 1989 cult classic Relay directed by Jake Gyllenhaal has begun production, Prime Video revealed in a new tweet. The streamer shared a photo of Gyllenhaal and the director Doug Liman smile from ear to ear from the first day on set, we see the shingle in his hands.
In the reboot currently filming in the Dominican Republic, Gyllenhaal plays a former UFC fighter who accepts a job as a bouncer at a rugged truck stop in the Florida Keys. However, he soon discovers that all is not as it seems in this tropical paradise. Along with Gyllenhaal, the film also features, Billy Magnussen, Lucas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Daniela Melchior, and more. Relay will also mark the UFC champ’s feature debut Conor McGregor.
The original drama starred patrick swayze and Kelly Lynch in the lead roles of James Dalton and his love interest Dr. Elizabeth “Doc” Clay, while Sam Elliot plays Wade Garrett, a mentor and friend of Dalton. The film sees Dalton as a professional ‘cooler’ with a mysterious past who is employed by club owner Double Deuce in Missouri to take over security and clean up the club. When Dalton takes over the place, he fires many employees for theft and drug dealing and in turn becomes the enemy of local business tycoon Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara). Things begin to deteriorate when Wesley reveals he knows about Dalton’s past and urges him to join forces.
In its day, the film achieved modest box office success, but later became a cult classic action film. In 2003, an off-Broadway musical production of Relay was staged, and a sequel titled Road house 2was released straight-to-DVD in July 2006. The film also inspired a mini comic book directed by Julia Gfrorer, Sean T. Collinsand Gretchen Felker Martin title All Fuc***-Up: Tales from the Roadhouse (2020).
Original Film Producer Joel Silver is also back on board to produce the reboot. JJ Hook, Alison Winter, and Aaron Auch are all set to serve as executive producers. BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Gyllenhaal has features like Somnambulist, Brokeback Mountainmcu Spider-Man: No Coming Home, and more to his credit. His next feature films include the mini-series Lake Success, Snow awning, Prophet, and more. Liman is well known for features like edge of tomorrow, and The Bourne Identityamong others.
No release date for Relay has not yet been revealed. In the meantime, you can check out the new image and our conversation with Gyllenhaal below: