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'The Fast and the Furious' helmer to direct 'Road House' remake

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Rob Cohen, the man behind The Fast and the Furious, xXx and Alex Cross, has been tapped to direct a remake of Road House for MGM, EW confirmed Monday.

The 1989 original starred Patrick Swayze as a bouncer at a bar in Missouri. Rowdy Harrington directed the cult classic, which also featured Kelly Lynch, Ben Gazzara, and a particularly memorable Sam Elliott as the ever-quotable mentor Wade Garrett. Despite mixed reviews, Road House went on to gross more than $30 million domestically.

According to The Wrap, Michael Stokes (The Beacon, Exit Speed) is penning the script for the remake, but very few additional details are available at this early stage.

While Cohen might have the action-pic pedigree to pull off the task of bringing Road House back to the big screen, the real question is: Who will be bold enough to step into Patrick Swayze’s shoes as Dalton, the philosophy major-turned-small-town bouncer? Any suggestions?