Best known for directing 2004's "The Notebook," Nick Cassavetes has reportedly signed on to write and direct MGM's upcoming "Road House" remake, according to Variety. Surely, this news will come as a throat rip to many, but fans of the original can take solace in the fact that the studio has signed on MMA champion and known roundhouse kicker Ronda Rousey to star in the film.
"Road House" is being fashioned as a vehicle for Rousey, and yes, Cassavetes' biggest film to date as a director is a Nicholas Sparks movie. But, he's also directed the 2006 crime drama "Alpha Dog," and has appeared in films like "Face/Off" and "Blind Fury." Not to mention the fact that he's the son of auteur John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands.
The original 1989 classic featured Patrick Swayze in the starring role as Dalton, a tough bouncer who takes over as the doorman of a rowdy dive bar in Missouri. Things quickly heat up when a corrupt businessman becomes annoyed with Dalton and his knack of beating up the businessman's associates.
MGM's "Road House" remake is slated for release sometime next year.