Jana B. , Here…
It pains me every time I hear of an existing movie being bastardized with a revamp. The newest title to head to the remake guillotine is 1991’s ‘Point Break‘. I will never be a fan of twisting a fantastic movie from my childhood into drivel, reflecting the current time frame. ‘Point Break‘ adds salt to the remake wound, but also and more importantly, the Patrick Swayze wound. It’s like Hollywood is telling us anything Swayze did was crap. It’s a shorter list to name the movies the remake fairies DON’T have their meat hooks into.
Gerard Butler (‘300‘, ‘RocknRolla‘) is in final negotiations to star as the pivotal character, Bodhie, immortalized by Swayze. Butler seems to have his plate full for the year with making ‘Gods of Egypt‘, and a sequel to the ‘Die Hard-like’ ‘Olympus Has Fallen‘ titled ‘London Is Falling‘. Butler has some surf experience with his role in ‘Chasing Mavericks‘ that will be put to good use if the ending of the new ‘Point Break‘ resembles the original.
Ericson Core, who’s directing credits are sparse was cinematographer for ‘Daredevil‘, ‘The Fast and The Furious‘ and ‘Payback‘ will step into the directing slot. Kurt Wimmer, who penned the reworked ‘Total Recall‘, will write the script. The characters so far retain the same names – Bodhie and Johnny Utah. Keanu Reeves played the undercover FBI agent Utah and as yet, there are no leads on who might be cast in the role. The film features an international world of both criminals and extreme sports. Leaving the the SoCal setting behind. Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Wimmer are all slated as producers.
No matter how much the classic ‘Point Break‘ gets warped, I’ve got surf-god Swayze in my ear giving me advice like “Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true”. Right on, brah, right on.