Okay, so it's not Captain Marvel. But it's still pretty darn cool. Champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is taking over the Patrick Swayze role in the upcoming remake of Road House. The original cult classic exploded onto the scene in 1989, and will now get a proper reboot. MGM is currently meeting with screenwriters, with production planned for 2016.
The original Road House is a non-stop action fest that featured Patrick Swayze as a bouncer. He is hired to clean up and protect one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in all of redneck Missouri. Swayze plays Dalton as a serious bad-ass with a degree in philosophy, which comes in handy when dealing with the drunk and confrontational denizens of The Double Deuce. Though, his quite demeanor and calm attitude are put to the test when a corrupt businessman moves into take over the nearby town, with the bar being his prized trophy. This all leads up to one of the 80s most explosive action climaxes.
Road House was a sleeper hit when it arrived the weekend of May 19, 1989. It came at a time when Patrick Swayze was most notable for playing a kind yet stern dance instructor in Dirty Dancing, which arrived two years prior. Road House solidified Patrick Swayze's career as an 80s action icon, and he would go onto appear in such seminal classics as Point Break (which gets its own remake this Christmas) and Next of Kin (which will probably get a remake before the end of the decade).
Road House is the latest in a series of MGM remakes and reboots. Later this year, they will be releasing Creed, which is a continuation of the Rocky franchise, only this time it follows Apollo Creed's son as he rises through the boxing ranks with the help of Sylvester Stallone's most iconic character. This past summer, they released the Poltergeist remake, and they also released Red Dawn remake in 2012, another redo of a Patrick Swayze classic. At this time, it isn't known how much this new version of Road House will deviate from the original.
Rousey embraced the idea of a remake from the moment it was proposed to her. Though, she is a huge Patrick Swayze fan. She has stated that she wants to remain incredibly respectful while pursuing this latest project. The fighter-turned-actor recently reached out to Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi and ask for her blessing. And Lisa Niemi gladly gave it. Road House will mark Ronda Rousey's biggest acting role to date.
At this time, this is the fourth project announced that is being specifically tailored for Ronda Rousey. She will also appear in a biopic of her own memoir titled My Fight/Your Fight, which should hit theaters in 2017. She also has the The Athena Project set up at Warner Bros., and she will be starring in Mile 22 for STX, which is described as a big action epic with Peter Berg set to direct. He is known for such action movies as Battleship and The Kingdom. Production on that movie starts in February. Ronda Rousey's acting career really kicked into high gear this year with a supporting role in the action blockbuster Furious 7 and she played a heightened version of herself in Entourage. She was also featured in last year's The Expendables 3 as one of Barney's new recruits. What do you think? Is Ronda Rousey the perfect successor to Patrick Swayze?