Hollywood often churns out remakes without much thought, oftentimes relying on name value alone without trying to change too much about the original story. That doesn’t seem to be the case with MGM’s Road House reboot. In addition to putting mixed martial arts champion Ronda Rousey in the lead role — previously filled by Patrick Swayze — the project now boasts The Notebook‘s Nick Cassavetes in the director’s chair.
Cassavetes will also presumably write a script for this project as he has for previous directing efforts Alpha Dog, John Q, and Yellow. It will be interesting to see what he does with the 1989 film helmed by Rowdy Herrington about Dalton, a master bouncer — called a cooler — hired to clean up a real dump called the Double Deuce. Unfortunately for Swayze’s Dalton, he also runs afoul of the local crime boss which leads to an epic battle at the end of the film.