Nick Cassavetes to Write, Direct Ronda Rousey’s ‘Road House’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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After nabbing UFC fighter Ronda Rousey to star in a reboot of Patrick Swayze’s “Road House,” MGM has now found its director.

Sources tell Variety that Nick Cassavetes has closed a deal to write and direct the re-envisioning of the ’80s action classic, with Rousey on board to star and produce.

Rousey is currently in training for her championship fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14 at UFC 193. Insiders say once the fight is over, the plan is to immediately begin prepping for a fast-tracked shoot in the first quarter of 2016.

Released in 1989, the original film starred Swayze as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce. Swayze’s character is put to the test when he needs to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.

This movie became a breakout hit and maintains a cult following. “Road House” follows MGM’s reboot of another classic; the “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” hits theaters in November.

Cassavetes has directed his fair share of male-focused films like “Alpha Dog” and “John Q,” but sources say it was his skill of writing strong roles for women that was a major selling point for execs, showcased in films like “The Notebook” and “The Other Woman.”

The project would mark Rousey’s biggest acting gig to date. This marks 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.

Cassavetes is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. Rousey is repped by WME and attorney David Feldman.

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  1. Chris Darling says:

    Rondo??? There’s only been one Rondo in this biz and he was seven feet tall and very menacing.

  2. Matt Lasky says:

    I think it is a good vehicle for her and Mr. Cassavetes can pull a good performance out of her by, in part, writing a strong role for her. She was a bit cringeworthy in Expendables 8 or whatever but she has a natural charm about her that she will be able to bring into this role… and, of course, she can kick ass as well. I don’t think it’s fair to judge Nick based off the movies he has done in other genres. He is a gun for hire and the money people make the rules. He has shown to be a quite competent story teller and I don’t think he has done his best work yet… this film might not be his greatest, but I expect it will be good enough for what it wants to be and a big step in the right direction for both Nick and Rhonda. … You can’t beat Swayze but you can make a fun flick with a strong female protagonist that pleases and pulls in the audience despite the lead’s gender …… and Hollywood is all about that right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get some great fights, good tension and Rhonda’s best acting yet.

  3. CelluloidFan35mm says:

    Unless they are going to turn this into a cheesy, heavy handed and manipulative drama,
    Nick Cassavetes is not the guy to get something like this done right. With movies like John Q,
    The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper and especially The Other Woman on his resume, I question his ability to write and direct a simple action movie and I question Rousey’s acting ability after seeing her in The Expendables 3.
    They should have gotten a good action writer and director but then again, this whole enterprise is completely unnecessary and clearly will be PC’d to the hills anyway.

  4. David says:

    This is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard!

  5. Derek StJohn says:

    Excellent choice! Nick Cassavetes writes wonderful roles for strong women–and can direct anything they throw at him. Ronda Rousey lucked out, big time!

    • CelluloidFan35mm says:

      Is this a joke? Have you actually seen The Other Woman? That movie was an embarrassment on many levels. Surely a prime example.

  6. JE Vizzusi says:

    I wonder if these filmmakers have ever seen the original Roadhouse. Ida Lupino is simply amazing!

  7. Joe Wilson says:

    Ronda should be cast as “Dalton’s” daughter home on leave from black opp’s to attend her father’s funeral and restructure the “Double Deuce ” left to her father by the original owner when he died.Shortly after arriving she suspects her father was murdered and stays to make things right.

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