Ronda Rousey's 'Road House' Remake Finds Director

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Rousey is taking on the part originally played by Patrick Swayze.

The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes has been tapped to write and helm Road House, MGM’s remake of the 1980s film that is being fashioned as a vehicle for MMA champion Ronda Rousey.

The 1989 original starred Patrick Swayze as a New York City bouncer who takes over security at a small rural bar. But stitches pile up when the bar becomes the target of a corrupt businessman.

Joel Silver produced the original, which was directed by Rowdy Herrington.

Cassavetes’ biggest hit is The Notebook, the tear-jerking love story that starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. He also directed the female-centric revenge comedy The Other Woman that starred Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

But he also helmed the Denzel Washington drama John Q and the crime drama Alpha Dog, whose cast ranged from Justine Timberlake and Anton Yelchin to Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch.