“Can we please get it in theaters”: With Roadhouse 2 Confirmed, Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal Fans Don’t Want One Controversy to be Repeated in the Sequel

To Stream or Not to Stream: Fans want Jake Gyllenhaal's action flick to be released in theatres

conor mcgregor and jake gyllenhaal in roadhouse 2

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  • Road House was a success, amassing 80 million viewers, including 50 million within the first two weekends.
  • One of the sole dark spots for the film was that it was directly sent for streaming, a decision which director Doug Liman protested against.
  • Fans want the sequel to be different and hope they get to see the upcoming flick in theatres.
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Sound the bells y’all! It seems like Round 2 of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Road House is just around the corner. Coming from the house of Amazon MGM Studios, the movie was considered by the executives a hit, garnering over 80 million views in a very short span of time. This success has seen the studio back the movie for another rodeo as they have already announced that a sequel is in the works. But the creators would be wise to steer clear of a few facets that the first movie got wrong.

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The success of Road House

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Road House is one of Amazon MGM Studio’s most-watched produced film debut

Road House, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor, was a remake of the 1989 movie of the same name. The OG Road House was quite the phenomenon, with Patrick Swayze essaying the role of Patrick Dalton, the protagonist. The Nightcrawler star really had big shoes to fill. And he did.

The 2024 flick was able to recreate the success enjoyed by its predecessor, attracting a record-breaking 50 million worldwide viewers over its first two weekends. No wonder it earned the moniker of being Amazon MGM Studios’ “most-watched produced film debut ever on a worldwide basis.”

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Yet, one crew member was not very delighted with these stats.

Road House Director Doug Liman was not satisfied because of one reason

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Doug Liman voiced his discontent with Road House not getting a theatrical release

The movie was streamed on Amazon Prime Video from 21st May. But this was not without protest. Road House director Doug Liman was not exactly happy when he learned that the movie was not for a theatrical release. But Jake Gyllenhaal came around to set the record straight.

The Spider-Man: Far from Home star told Total Film,

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“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.”

With the sequel of Road House around the corner, the last thing the fans want to see is a controversy. All they want is Jake Gyllenhaal and McGregor in action at the theatre.

Fans are all in for seeing Jake Gyllenhaal’s Road House 2 in theatres

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Fans hope Road House 2 gets a theatrical release

Fans were tired of witnessing the controversy unfold this year. Word has it that the people behind the movie had a clear choice – take $60 million and get a theatrical release, or walk away with $85 million. We all know what choice they made.

Just a few months later, Road House 2 has been announced.

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And all fans want to see something different unfold this year.

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It is anybody’s guess whether or not the sequel will share the same fate as Road House. But fans are dead excited to see the Source Code star fight it out on the big screen. There is no harm, but the question remains. will Amazon (and the people behind the film) agree with the call to go to the theatres first? Only time will tell.

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Written by Smriti Sneh

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Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Fandom Wire specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature research scholar, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worth through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.