There are certain actors who have films that should never be remade or rebooted. Chief among that list is the late Mr. Patrick Swayze. However, Mr. Swayze’s classic films such as Dirty Dancing and Point Break have already been given the Hollywood remake treatment with Point Break opening later this year. Today comes the official announcement of the “reboot” of Road House. The cult-classic 80’s movie is being rebooted with none other than UFC Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey!
Variety reports that the MGM production is still actively meeting with screenwriters with hopes to start filming sometime in 2016. We have quite a while to wait for Road House, but Ronda Rousey has already opened up about taking on the part. Earlier today on her Instagram she posted the following:
Along with the usage of her quote by Anne Sophie Swetchine, Ronda Rousey wrote:
“It is a great honor to play a part in celebrating the life of a man that inspired so many. I couldn’t be more grateful to have this opportunity to pay respect to the beloved Patrick Swayze… I promise to work incessantly to make sure this project is a tribute [to]his family and fans can be proud of.”
It appears that Ronda Rousey understands and shares the same feelings that many fans have over Mr. Swayze’s body of work. He was an incredibly talented and unique man; one certainly gone far too soon. It’s hard to see any kind of remake/reboot/reimagining of any of his films being made and successful no less. Perhaps the key is to reimagine the concept of the film(s) and not so much the character(s). While it’s reported that Ronda Rousey “embraced the idea of starring in a remake”, sources do say she “recently reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing, which Niemi gladly gave.”
The late Mr. Patrick Swayze did seem like the kind of man that would be overjoyed in seeing people still enjoy and cherish his work, along with an interest in revisiting it. He was quite the athletic individual and I’m positive he would have enjoyed seeing someone like Ronda Rousey step into a reimagined version of Dalton.
Road House is easily Ronda Rousey’s biggest acting gig to date. This is Rousey’s fourth project being specifically developed for her 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 to direct and Mark Wahlberg to star in. Production for the latter is set to start in February, following Ronda Rousey’s next fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14.
I think Ronda Rousey is great and it seems as if she’s taking a page out of the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playbook of acting. With films being specifically developed for her to star in, it would seem as if Hollywood is grooming her to be a big action star in the coming years. Might I suggest her name be added to one of the potential lists for an upcoming DC Extended Universe film? Possibly one of Darkseid’s Furies or Big Barda, maybe one of the amazons in Wonder Woman? We know she’s a self-professed “nerd” with hopes to appear as Captain Marvel.
Until then, the very best of wishes towards Ronda Rousey’s film career and upcoming UFC fight.