Point Break Remake to Star Gerald Butler as BodhiBy: Ann Casano - January 10, 2014
At the end of Point Break, undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) finally finds Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) after he escaped from the police. Utah screams through the pouring rain, “I’ve been to every city in Mexico. I came across an unclaimed piece of meat in Baja, turned out to be Rosie. I guessed he picked a knife fight with somebody better. Found one of your passports to Sumatra, I missed you by about a week at Fiji. But, I knew you wouldn’t miss the fifty year storm, Bodhi.”
Bodhi convinces Utah to let him go, in order to grab one more wave before he’s hauled off to prison. Bodhi then surfs off into the monster storm with killer waves. The other cops yell at Utah, “You let him go.” Utah replies, “No I didn’t.”
We see Bodhi hug the curl of a wave much too large for any human to survive. We assume that he will perish in its sheer massiveness. But the question still remains – could Bodhi have possibly survived? Your personal answer probably depends on whether you’re an extreme optimist or not.
Now, audiences will get a chance to see Bodhi again in a remake of Point Break. This time it will be with Scottish actor Gerald Butler in the Patrick Swayze role. There is no word yet on who will play Utah. The 1991 hit film directed by Oscar winner Katheryn Bigelow centered upon a group of surfers/bank robbers who wore ex-president masks during their bank raids. Former college quarterback and rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah infiltrates the surfer gang, except there’s one thing. Utah doesn’t know how to surf. Doesn’t matter, Bodhi takes the guy under his wing and a historical movie bromance begins.
Now that Butler has been cast, production for the remake is set for this summer. It will be directed by Ericson Core of Fast & Furious fame, with a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer. The major difference in the remake will be that the film will take place within the world of international extreme sports, instead of surfing. However, the basic storyline will remain the same, an undercover FBI agent will work his way into a crime ring that is led by an extreme-sports aficionado named Bodhi.
Some diehard Point Break fans are not happy about the idea of a remake or of Butler stepping into Swayze’s shoes.
Tell us what you think. Does Hollywood really need to remake Point Break?
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