Here comes another reboot, folks! This time around it’s the 1989 Patrick Swayze-starring action flick, Roadhouse. But, as much as Hollywood likes their reboots these days, they’ve decided to make this one a bit different. Instead of bringing on the next big dude that can kick ass and take names, they’re going with a female lead to replace Swayze’s bouncer role. And the lady of choice is none-other-than ass-kicking MMA fighter, Ronda Rousey.
There’s been a bit of talk about Rousey as of late, particularly revolving around her desire to get into the super hero genre via the role of Captain Marvel. Unfortunately for Rousey, the powers-that-be don’t seem to have quite the level of confidence in her that others may and have yet to offer her the role. In the meanwhile, Rousey will have the chance to prove her acting chops in the Roadhouse reboot.
So far, however, the new incarnation of the movie isn’t even written. The folks over at Variety are saying that the script is just now getting shopped out to potential writers. It also means that Rob Cohen, the directorial talent previously attached to the Roadhouse reboot, may no longer be onboard. In fact, aside from Rousey being involved, this movie is pretty much at square one. Still, MGM is pretty confident that things will go smoothly and have set production to begin in 2016.
The pros here are that Rousey can certainly pull off any stunts and action scenes that the script requires and likely do it with more style and realism than any other casting choice could. The cons are that the MMA fighter may look good in the ring, but her limited on-screen appearances in the acting world have been mediocre at best. Although, to be frank, a Roadhouse reboot that dials in at mediocre is probably the best audiences can expect. At least the fight scenes will be amazing?
And just in case you know nothing about Roadhouse, here’s a brief description:
Patrick Swayze is a bouncer hired to a crazy, rowdy bar. Then an evil businessman comes to town and tries to cause trouble. Swayze fights back. People get punched. The good guys win.
Although I think Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) from Parks and Recreation delivers all the Roadhouse one needs to understand the movie:
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Ready to see a Roadhouse reboot? Ready to see Rousey kick some teeth in? Or is this the worst thing you’ve ever heard of?