by: S. Scott Stanikmas
The remake of Road House at MGM is plugging along nicely. After recruiting MMA superstar Ronda Rousey to take over the role Patrick Swayze made famous, the studio has now managed to wrangle in a director as well.
Variety has the word that Nick Cassavetes has been signed to helm the remake.
Cassavetes has done some kick-ass action work on films like John Q and Alpha Dog, but supposedly it’s his work on more female-centric films like My Sister’s Keeper, The Other Woman and The Notebook (of which he’s probably most well-known) that nabbed him the job.
A remake has been in the pipeline for some time. Back in 2013 The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen was originally signed to direct, but that version fizzled and the project was set aside until Rousey was signed not too long ago.
The 1989 flick isn’t a classic by any means (EIC Jay strongly disagrees), but it has a “so-bad-it’s-good” reputation that makes it a cult favorite of many people.
This will be Rousey’s first true test at carrying a feature film. It’s likely that she’s looking to a film career after her time in the world of Mixed Martial Arts is over. While she has had supporting roles in films like Furious 7, Expendables 3 and cameo as herself in Entourage, this is another animal entirely. This could be her first stepping stone to a successful Hollywood career.