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Prime Video’s new reimagining of the 1989 classic Relay starring Jake Gyllenhaal is gearing up as it has placed Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, BK Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp and Bob Menery to join the cast. Doug Liman is directing from a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Joel Silver produces for his company, Silver Pictures. JJ Hook, Alison Winter and Aaron Auch will serve as executive producers.
“Relay is a home run for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it’s also a great, fun movie with broad audiences,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled to partner with Joel, Doug and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, as they come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”
The new take follows a former UFC fighter (Gyllenhaal) who takes a job as a bouncer at a rugged truck stop in the Florida Keys, but soon discovers that all is not what it seems in this tropical paradise.
“I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Relay legacy. And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role,” said director Doug Liman.
The Amazon original film is set to go into production in the Dominican Republic this month and will stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide upon release.
“The original Relay has a special place in my heart and I’m so excited to bring this newly imagined release to audiences around the world. Doug and I have each made great, loud action movies and are ready to bring everything we have to this one,” producer Joel Silver said.
Gyllenhaal can next be seen in Guy Ritchie’s next film The interpreter. Gyllenhaal’s work as a producer is also notable and his production company Nine Stories has established itself as a force, most recently producing Antoine Fuqua’s film The guilty also featuring Gyllenhaal, which was Netflix’s No. 1 movie for over three weeks.
Liman is a film and television director and producer, best known for directing beloved and critically acclaimed films such as Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, American Madeand Live Rehearsal (Edge Of Tomorrow).
Silver returns to the beloved classic after serving as producer on the original 1989 film. Silver has also produced or produced over 100 films and television shows, including The Book of Eli, The Nice GuysSherlock Holmes movies, Kiss Kiss Bang Bangthe lethal weapon movies, the first three Matrix movies, Swordfish, Demolition Man, Predator and Predator 2, Die Hard and Die Hard 2, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, House of Wax, RocknRolla, Project X, Brewster’s Millions and 48 hours. He also produced the original Veronique March series.
Gyllenhaal is represented by WME and Liman is represented by CAA.