Somewhere in the afterlife Patrick Swayze is facepalming himself in utter disappointment. That’s right Road House, like many great films before it, is getting an unneeded remake.
MGM has just announced they’ve found their lead in UFC champion Ronda Rousey. Ronda will be playing the part made famous by Patrick Swayze, who was a badass bouncer (cooler) that gets more than he bargained for when he helps clean up a shitty Missouri bar.
According to Variety, Rousey reached out to Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze widow, for her blessing before moving forward with the remake.
Rousey is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA, but her acting record falls extremely short in comparison. Having smaller roles in Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, she’s yet to be a leading lady in anything. She’s going to star in a biopic about herself which Paramount just grabbed the rights to recently and she’ll be starring alongside Mark Wahlberg (Ted and Three Kings) and Iko Uwais (The Raid) in Peter Berg’s Mile 22. So we’ll see if she carry a film own her own, especially one as beloved as Road House.
Details on the reboot are still pretty slim but according to IMDB, MGM has tapped Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious and XXX) to direct and Michael Stokes (The Marsh) to write.
I don’t necessarily think reboots are a bad idea, especially if they can take a franchise in a new and interesting direction, but often times they don’t and you just end up asking yourself “what’s the point?” Based off the crew attached to this remake, I don’t have high hopes… all I know is if I hear Ronda say “pain don’t hurt” I’m fucking out.