There are two legendary stories that have never quite managed to make it to the big (or little) screen. The first is Terry Gilliam’s famous attempt to adapt Miguel De Cervantes’s Don Quixote, which has already resulted in one uncomfortable documentary about incredible failure, but which, like Don Quixote himself, Gilliam refuses to give up on. The second is a fictional representation of the trials and tribulations of the New York nightclub bouncer community. Projects about this important story have been stalled for decades and destroyed careers. Until now.

THE ROPES is an inside look into the hilarious, explosive world of nightclub security. The series follows the naive Martin (Ryan Ahern), who hustles his way into a job as a bouncer before being taken under the wing of Big Vic (F. Valentino Morales), a club legend, who prides himself on being the epitome of a fighter and ladies man. But soon, Martin is lured into a nefarious underworld by Les (Gonzalo Menendez), another bouncer with his own crooked outlook. It’s then that Martin must wrestle with his head and heart as he navigates a world shaped by bribes, beautiful women and – above all — brotherhood.

The eternal struggle of a man wrestling with his head and heart in a world of beautiful women. Obviously, this could only come from THE MIND of Vin Diesel, who produced this powerful feature film web series and directed early episodes. Obviously. No diggity no doubt. Wait until you see the trailer. If they gave out Academy Awards for trailers for web series The Ropes would be OUR generation’s The Artist:

So many heads wrestling with so many hearts. So many brass poles used as weapons. Fun Fact: most bouncers end up getting their jobs after someone chases them through an alley with a baseball bat. Not sure when the “hilarious” part of the show’s official description kicks in. Was it the guy asking who was going to drive his date home when she dumped him to start dating the nightclub? LOL? This show looks real good. Remember when people were surprised and laudatory about Vin Diesel’s unexpected performance in Sidney Lumet’s Find Me Guilty? Old news. It’s all about The Ropes now. True art.

Comments (19)
  1. I was quite disappointed when the trailer contained not one utterance of the phrase, “Let’s bounce.”

    • And yet *I* was excited to learn about possible internship opportunities that exist within the nefarious world of the New York underground club scene.

  2. Wouldn’t “The Door” have been a better name? I mean, I’m no Stephon or anything, but I’ve never heard of anyone refer to it as “Working the Ropes.”

  3. Will there be a cameo from Stefon?

  4. About halfway through that trailer, I thought to myself “Have I been watching this for a month?” but I was only like a minute in. After it was done, I was 90 years old and on my deathbed.

  5. Vin Diesel may still believe in me, but I no longer believe in him.

  6. So, Roadhouse with shittier music and no Swayze, basically? Sorry, The Ropes, there’s only room for one legendary bouncer in my heart and he works at the Double Deuce.

  7. Bobby Bottleservice got a new show?

  8. “More brass poles than an army in Warsaw.” — Wordplay magazine

  9. “So you dig up a doctor, pay him twenty menthol Kools to do a surgical shine job on your eyes, and then when you’re working the door at night it’s real easy to tell which ones are cute and which one’s are not.”

  10. Multi Facial was a good short film and Vin Diesel should write and direct more often. Drops mic, walks off stage.

  11. On the one hand, this looks terrible. On the other, it has the John Stamos wearing an 80s wig stamp of approval.

  12. The book was better.

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