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Shoot At The Sky In Anger: Gerard Butler In Talks For The Point Break Remake


AAAARRRRGH!!!! 

Ok, don’t actually shoot in the air, that’s dangerous. But we shouldn’t be surprised at this news. Alcon is set to remake Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film, Point Break with Ericson Core, cinematographer on The Fast & the Furious and Daredevil, directing.

The film starred Keanu Reeves as FBI Agent Johnny Utah and Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the leader of a surfer/bank robbing gang called The Dead Presidents. Utah and his partner (Gary Busey) have been tasked with taking them down which requires him to go undercover. Hot shots, heartbreak, and awesome 90s fashion filled the screen. It was magical. Now they want to try and capture the magic. They won’t be able to, damn you!

Kurt Wimmer, the writer behind Equilibrium, Salt, and the Total Recall remake, is doing the screenplay on the new Point Break and Gerard Butler is currently in talks to take on Swayze’s role. The Hollywood Reporter writes it will be “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.” Reeves’s role has not been cast yet.

No one can replace The Swayze, no one, but I suppose Butler is the least offensive choice if there had to be someone. What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/scarletsherlock scarletsherlock

    I don’t want this at all, but imagine if it were Chris Hemsworth instead of Gerard Butler. That I would hate-watch. It’s one of Hemsworth’s favorite movies, anyway.

  • Tiny Tina Booom

    I thought The Fast and the Furious was a remake already…

  • Lup Lun

    In name only. The original Fast and the Furious was a 50′s drive-in movie, notable for being one of the first films from the now-legendary Roger Corman. (Although oddly he didn’t direct, just produced and wrote.) The main character was an escaped convict who slipped into a cross-country auto race to cover a run for the border. It has little in common with the modern films except for the title and the fascination with cars going fast.

    Actually, a closer approximation of the original F&F is The Chase, a Charlie Sheen film from back before he went bonkers. It has a tongue-in-cheek tone than the original and drops the car race in favor of cars running riot through California highways, but otherwise has a very similar plot.

    What does this have to do with Point Break? 0_o;;;;;

  • Jim Cook

    Maybe someone should make a movie about Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy.

  • Cowtools

    They mean that F&F is more-or-less and uncredited remake of Point Break anyway. It’s pretty much the exact same set up and same plot beats, with street racing instead of surfing.

    As for this, yeah… Gerard Butler is no Patrick Swayze. Not even close.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Lol @ ‘hate-watch’.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Lol @ ‘hate-watch’.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Point Break remains an unappreciated classic. I don’t approve of a remake, but what can we do? Also, Gary Busey is in the original. Respect.

  • Anonymous

    Ludicrous! No one should ever be in a position to shoot a gun in the air and say AAAAAAAGH after Nick Frost did the honors in Hot Fuzz. No one.

  • Tiny Tina Booom

    Cowtools is right. What I meant — and expressed rather badly — is that F&F looks like a remake of Point Break

  • Alexa

    They can make, doesn’t mean I’m gonna watch it….