Frankly, we’re still a bit flummoxed that Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break is getting a fresh remake, if only because the original is such a glorious blend of eye-popping action and instant classic weirdness, that we simply can’t imagine what a new take on the material could add to it. But when it comes to Hollywood, every film seems to be on the table when it comes to the remake meat grinder, so here we are.
The new film was first announced back in September in 2011, and has already locked down a screenwriter in Kurt Wimmer and a director in Ericson Core (best known for his cinematography work on films like Daredevil and The Fast & The Furious, so the guy knows dippy, zippy action), and it now appears to be on the road to locking its first star. THR reports that Gerard Butler is final negotiations to take on the role of Bodhi, so memorably played by Patrick Swayze in the original film.
The outlet reports that this film “is set in the international world of extreme sports as opposed to the Southern California surf scene of the original. The plot of an FBI agent infiltrating a crime ring as well as the names of the principal characters remain the same.” In this incarnation, Bodhi is not just a surfer, but “an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals.” The role of Johnny Utah, first played by Keanu Reeves, has not yet been cast.
As the outlet notes, Butler is no stranger to surf-heavy films, having played real-life surfer Frosty Hesson back in the little-seen 2012 film Chasing Mavericks.
There is no word on which, if any, presidential masks Bodhi’s crew will sport during their daring and dastardly crime spree, but even before this film was announced, a sequel called Point Break: Indo was being tossed around that was to feature a new gang called “The Bush Administration” wearing masks of GW and his cabinet members. Swayze passed away a few years ago, and that version fell by the wayside in favor of a complete do-over.
The film is looking to shoot this summer, so expect Point Break to be a 2015 release – which, yes, is gnarly.
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