I’m not keen on the idea of a remake of the classic 1989 fight flick Road House, which starred the late Patrick Swayze as a bouncer in a rough bar. Now I am confused as to the reasons behind the remake as Ronda Rousey is said to be starring in the updated version of the film, taking on the role Swayze played so well.
Sources told Variety that MGM is currently meeting with screenwriters, with production set to begin in 2016.
The original 1989 film starred the late Patrick Swayze as Dalton, a bouncer brought in to clean up a rough bar, and the film was awesome. Rowdy Herrington directed the original film, which was produced by Joel Silver. Kelly Lynch co-starred alongside Sam Elliott and Ben Gazzara.
Rousey embraced the idea of starring in a remake, but wanted to be respectful when pursuing the project. Sources say Rousey recently reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing, which Niemi gladly gave.
The project would mark Rousey’s biggest acting gig to date. This will be the fourth project being specifically developed for Rousey to star in, following her biopic “My Fight/Your Fight” at Paramount, “The Athena Project” at Warner Bros. and the STX action pic “Mile 22,” which has Pete Berg on board to direct. Production for the latter is set to start in February, following Rousey’s next fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14.
Rousey has already had a busy year at the cinema, appearing in “Furious 7” and the “Entourage” movie after a cameo in last year’s “The Expendables 3.”
Fast and Furious director Rob Cohen will take on the remake. No stranger to action films, Cohen has also directed films such as Daylight, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Stealth, xXx, Alex Cross and the psycho thriller The Boy Next Door.
Michael Stokes wrote the script for the “Road House” remake, he also wrote Millennium Films’ action movie Crash Bandits.