Gerard Butler Taking Patrick Swayze's Role in Remake of 'Point Break'
by Ethan Anderton
January 9, 2014
After Alcon Entertainment announced a remake of the revered 1991 action flick Point Break from director Kathryn Bigelow in 2011, it took them two years to figure out that Ericson Core, the director of photography from The Fast and the Furious (the first film from 2001) and Daredevil and director of the sports drama Invincible, would be at the helm. Now the cast is coming together as THR has learned that 300 and Law Abiding Citizen star Gerard Butler will take the role of Bodhi, originated by Patrick Swayze, an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. But he's also leading a team of criminals who have been living free while robbing banks.
It sounds like the remake isn't really changing things too much from the original, and since Butler got plenty of surfing time in for his little seen melodrama Chasing Mavericks, he should have no problem with the surfing side of things. As for the role of Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent played by Keanu Reeves in the original, the role has yet to be cast. So far this seems like a hollow attempt to cash in on a recognizable title and lazily adapt it for a generation who may not be interested in the somewhat dated original. At this point, you'd be better served watching Hot Fuzz to get a better vibe of that film. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Armitall on Jan 9, 2014
Oh for crying out loud. Make something NEW!
A Linoge on Jan 9, 2014
+1....................+1 It's utterly pathetic that with all of those resources they keep doing remakes.
ByeByeUSA AsWeKnowIt on Jan 9, 2014
One of my favorite movies!!!! Normally i'd be worried about a remake of this but its f***ing Gerard Butler. I doubt he'll disappoint.
Guest on Jan 9, 2014
One of my favorite movies!!!! Normally i'd be worried about a remake of this but is f***ing Gerard Butler. I doubt he'll disappoint. "ADIOS AMIGOSSSSS!"
Rock n Rollllll on Jan 9, 2014
This is how much I know about the original: "No hard feelings, Point Break. You've got a mean swing."
CoosCoos on Jan 9, 2014
Sooo basically.... if you think you might be even slightly, fractionally talented at writing for the big screen - Alcon desperately needs some screenplays. (not that I didn't love P.B. - but a remake?)
avconsumer2 on Jan 9, 2014
As much as I like Butler...just no.
Xerxexx on Jan 9, 2014
Yeah really. Him and Clive Owen, so much potential and they throw great movies at lesser (watchable) actors.
Akirakorn on Jan 10, 2014
DAVIDPD on Jan 9, 2014
gaauhhhhhh... Make a film that FEELS like it, not just rehashing it.
Nick Sears on Jan 9, 2014
Who's gonna top Gary Busey's Agent Pappas? "Utah! Get me two!"
cobrazombie on Jan 9, 2014
Really?! We all (okay, just guys like me) wanted a sequel on what happened to Utah. Really, anything. You could make nearly any type of movie here. But no, just a remake. The only way I'd EVER see this, seriously, is if they cast Jake Busey as Pappas. I don't care, but I am serious. I watched Lost Boys sequel just to see The Coreys together. Oh and guess what, the only good thing about that was what actually happened to their characters. It was a neat twist, good thing they didn't make a movie about it. Cheers.
Akirakorn on Jan 10, 2014
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