News on the Road House remake that has been talked about today from Variety is that MGM are close to striking a deal with Nick Cassavetes to write and direct the re-envisioning of the 80’s cult classic, which will have Ronda Rousey in the lead role and also on board as a producer.
It states that once Rousey has her UFC Championship fight against Holly Holm on the 14th November at UFC 193 she’ll plan to begin planning for the fast-tracked shoot production for early 2016 before she moves onto three other projects that are in the pipeline for her (her biopic ‘My Fight/Your Fight’, ‘The Athena Project’ and ‘Mile 22’).
The original Road House was released in 1989 with Patrick Swayze in the lead role as a bouncer named Dalton who is hired to clean up the rowdiest and loudest bar in Missouri, The Double Deuce, not only that but he has to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.
Variety also say that sources have told them that Cassavetes major selling point to the MGM Executives was his skill for writing strong roles for women in films like ‘The Notebook’ and ‘The Other Woman’, though Cassavetes has also directed ‘Alpha Dog’ and ‘John Q’.
While I’m not a fan of re-imaging Road House as it balanced the fine line between cool and being a bit daft, the film has a good director and writer on its hands to handle the material and for anyone that’ll complain about remaking it I’ll give you six words as to why….Road House 2: The Last Call….yeah remember that? Nobody should have to.