Patrick Swayze is rolling in his grave right now.
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is MGM’s reboot of the 1980s cult classic “Road House.” Rousey expected to step into the role Patrick Swayze made famous.
Sources say MGM is currently meeting with writers. Production is set to begin in 2016.
Released in 1989, the original pic starred Swayze as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce. A gentleman with a degree in philosophy, his calm is put to the test when he needs to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.
Rousey embraced the idea of starring in a remake, but wanted to be respectful when pursuing the project. Sources say Rousey recently reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing, which insiders say Niemi gladly gave.
The project would mark her biggest job to date, since the property carries such a large following. This will be the fourth project being specifically developed for Rousey to star in, following her biopic “My Fight/Your Fight” at Paramount, “The Athena Project” at Warner Bros. and the STX action pic “Mile 22,” which has Pete Berg on board to direct. Production for the latter is set to start in February, following her next fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14.
Well, that settles it. Rousey’s rise to stardom knows no boundaries. Also, this movie is going to suck – how could anyone top Swayze’s epic performance?