Gerard Butler Will Channel Patrick Swayze for POINT BREAK Remake
The movie gods are smiling on us today folks. There’s a news item that’s hit the web which is either awesomely bad, or awfully good, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
In the pantheon of great cult movies, there is one that stands out clearly among the rest. That film is the 1991 surfer crime thriller Point Break. It starred the late, great Patrick Swayze and a young, pre-sad Keanu Reeves and boy was it awesome. Here’s the synopsis for that film:
The film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a cache of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks (led by Patrick Swayze). Utah, a former football player, is assigned to Los Angeles. There, four bank robbers, who wear rubber masks and call themselves “Ex-Presidents,” have executed a series of successful robberies which embarrassingly have the FBI stumped. Utah, and his partner Pappas (Gary Busey) suspect that the robbers are surfers and hatch a plan for catching them.
It was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who has since gone on to win a best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker and also helmed the Bin Laden hunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Why am I talking about this 22 year old movie, you ask?
Well, it appears somebody had the idea to remake it and it’s moving forward quickly. It was announced today that Gerard Butler will play the role of Bodhi, which Swayze previously played. The particulars of the film have been changed as well, with Bodhi and crew switching from surfers to extreme sports athletes. Other than that, the primary story of Johnny Utah infiltrating the gang is still at play.
Cinematographer Ericson Core will direct the film from a script by Kurt Wimmer, whose previous credits include Salt, Total Recall, and another Gerard Butler film, Law Abiding Citizen.
This is great news, despite the fact that I am indifferent to Butler’s casting (Matthew McConaughey would have been better) and that I don’t see the need to remake what is already a classic. The first film may be laughable upon first viewing, but subsequent viewings give the movie time to grow on you. Don’t believe me? Go try it yourself! Here’s the original movie poster — for inspiration: