clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Road House to be remade with MMA fighter Ronda Rousey in Swayze role

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Ronda Rousey has a new action film to kick butt in, and it's that classic of '80s cinema, Road Housereports Variety.

According to Variety, MGM is moving ahead on a remake of Road House, much in the same way it is revitalizing the Rocky franchise with November's Creed, which will star Michael B. Jordan. But where Creed is a spinoff, this new Road House would retell the original story of an erudite bouncer hired to clean up a local bar, who winds up running afoul of and defeating a corrupt local businessman.

Ronda Rousey

Whether the movie would still contain the hero tearing a man's throat out with their bare hands remains to be seen.

Where the adaptation would reach its first major divergence from source material would be in the transformation of hero James Dalton (played by Patrick Swayze) into a female character, as a leading role for MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. Rousey has been steadily building her acting resume with roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, as well as an appearance in the Entourage movie, but a Road House remake would mark her biggest role yet.

"Rousey thought the idea of starring in a remake was a great idea but wanted to be respectful when pursuing the project," noted Variety. "Sources say Rousey recently reached out to Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing to star in the remake, which insiders say Niemi gladly gave."

We thought this post was best topped by a picture of the late Swayze, not Rousey. We'll leave it up to the internet to do the photoshop magic necessary to bring her into the world of Road House.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Patch Notes

A weekly roundup of the best things from Polygon