Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Face Off for Doug Liman’s “Road House”: He Won’t Go to SXSW Premiere Because Amazon Will Only Stream Film (Trailer)

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Accomplished director Doug Liman will not attend the opening of South by Southwest this year, even though his own film is the premiere.

Liman directed the remake of the Patrick Swazye movie “Road House,” starring a very buff Jake Gyllenhaal. The trailer’s out today and it looks like a box office winner.

But “Road House” will not be going to theaters, and Liman is pissed. He says the movie was made for MGM before Amazon bought them. Then he says he was told it was likely the new Amazon and MGM would release it to theaters. But now “Road House” is going to Amazon Prime.

Liman wrote a piece for Deadline.com explaining his position. You can find it here. I’m a little surprised this has gone public. Liman is in demand, and works with Tom Cruise a lot. (See “American Made,” “Edge of Tomorrow.” They’re also going to film in space.) The people at Amazon are smart and nice. What a situation!

From the looks of the trailer, “Road House” would score a knockout punch in theaters. Why not give it a two week window?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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