Before it roundhouse kicks its way into homes on Prime Video, Doug Liman's Road House remake will premiere at this year's SXSW. Not only that, the film will hold its world premiere as the fest's Opening Night Film.
VP of Film & TV Claudette Godfrey claims the film contains Jake Gylenhaal's "career-best performance," but audiences will have to wait and see if that's true. Yet it's undeniable that "the film is an adrenaline-fueled, action-packed reimagining of the '80s cult classic," as head of Amazon MGM Studios Jennifer Salke stated.
While the festival and the studio are clearly excited, the film's premiere is not without a bit of controversy. Director Doug Liman has reportedly said he won't attend, in protest of Amazon's decision to send the film straight to streaming with no theatrical release.
We shared the film's trailer earlier, but you can check it out again below.
Road House opens this year's SXSW Film & TV Festival on March 8. An exclusive streaming release on Prime Video follows on March 21.