By Justin Kroll
Sources say MGM is currently meeting with screenwriters, with production set to begin in 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. A gentleman with a degree in philosophy, Swayze’s character’s calm is put to the test when he needs to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.
The movie became a breakout hit and still has reached cult status today. This follows MGM’s reboot of another classic; the Rocky spinoff Creed hits theaters in November.
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 Niemi gladly gave.
The project would mark Rousey’s biggest acting gig to date. 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 Rousey’s next fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14.
Rousey has already had a busy year at the cinema, appearing in Furious 7 and the Entourage movie after a cameo in last year’s The Expendables 3.
She is repped by WME and attorney David Feldman.
Watch the trailer for the original ‘Road House:’