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October 12, 2015 at 10:46 PM EDT

Ronda Rousey’s Road House reboot is borrowing a page from The Notebook. The update of the cult ’80s action movie has hired Notebook helmer Nick Cassavetes as its screenwriter and director, EW has confirmed.

Released in 1989, the original Road House starred Patrick Swayze as a philosophical New York City bouncer who cleans up a rowdy Missouri dive bar and battles a corrupt local businessman. The film received decidedly mixed reviews but performed decently at the box office and eventually became a camp classic, thanks to its over-the-top violence and Zen mumbo jumbo.

Rousey, the MMA champ and budding action star, signed on for the lead role the MGM reboot last month.

As for Cassavetes, in addition to the tearjerker The Notebook, his directing credits include the true-crime tale Alpha Dog, the Denzel Washington thriller John Q, and the revenge comedy The Other Woman.

Variety first reported the news.

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