Whether he’s saving the president of the United States from certain doom or a portraying a grieving father who seeks to bring down the judicial system via elaborate deadly schemes whilst in prison – Gerard Butler sure has a thing for silly action movies. So it seems fitting that news comes that the action star is about to grab a surfboard and ride the casting wave into the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film, Point Break. I guess that’s better news than a new rom-com starring him and Katherine Heigel.
The remake is being put together by The Fast and the Furious cinematographer Ericson Core from a script by Kurt Wimmer. Wimmer is the screenwriter who recently penned scripts for the Total Recall remake, Salt and one of the aforementioned silly action films starring Gerard Butler, Law Abiding Citizen. Core on the other hand does not have much in the way of directing experience minus the 2006 football flick Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg.
I’m not holding out much hope that a remake of Point Break is going to be even slightly good. I anticipate that it will be similar to the Total Recall remake that just came out in that it will have style to spare, but will feel completely insubstantial to the original film ,leaving us all to wonder what the point was to begin with. Of course we will all know the answer – to make money- and if that’s the case I don’t know that it will break the bank in that regard either.
The original film starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze where Reeves played an FBI agent that goes undercover in order to catch a gang of surboarding bank robbers. The remake places Butler in the part of Bodhi (played by Swayze in the original) as an extreme sports athlete who saves and recruits Johnny Utah (played by Reeves in the original) to be a part of his group of international criminals. It is not yet known who will be cast to play Johnny Utah in the remake.
What are your thoughts on a Point Break remake? Is Gerard Butler the right choice? Who would you like to see play Johnny Utah? Let us know what you think in the comments below!