Apparently there’s breaking casting news from the set of the planned Point Break remake (I know: Half of you are saying “What?”, while the rest are asking yourselves “Why?”).
So I’ll back up a little: Yes–a remake of 1991’s action-packed cheesefest starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Busey is indeed a thing, and is set to begin filming this fall, despite the necessity of recasting one of it’s stars–more after the parachute jump:
Until recently, 300 star Gerard Butler was set to assume the role made “famous” by the late, great Patrick Swayze: Bodhi–hippie flake surfer/professional criminal.
THR reported earlier today that Butler had decided to move on to greener pastures (or gnarlier waves), apparently due to Hollywood’s favorite non-answer whenever somebody bails on a project: “Creative Differences” (which I thought required that CREATIVITY be present–but what do I know?).
There’s also the fact that Butler has another project that’s only slightly less a head-scratcher than a Point Break remake on his plate this fall: An Olympus Has Fallen sequel to be filmed in London (appropriately titled London Has Fallen).
Perhaps his contract with Satan only requires ONE terrible and/or totally unnecessary film a year (go see The Bounty Hunter or Movie 43–then tell me I’m being too hard on Butler).
Regardless, the new Point Break is still a go, and will begin production this fall. The remake will be helmed by Ericson Core–best known as a cinematographer on films like The Fast and the Furious and Daredevil. The script has been penned by Kurt Wimmer–who inflicted the screenplays of films like the Total Recall remake and Ultraviolet on the world, so God help them there.
The role of Johnny Utah, Keanu’s character in the original, is going to Luke Bracey, best known for taking over for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander in GI JOE: Retaliation.
As for WHY the film’s producers–Alcon Entertainment–are so gung-ho about going forward with this project, despite losing their star and probably biggest draw?
It might have something to do with the fact that Alcon is hemorrhaging money after the 100 million dollar Johnny Depp vehicle Transcendence failed to live up to the studio’s expectations.
A shot in the arm–in the form of a cheap, simple, profitable flick with a built-in audience–is exactly what Alcon needs, and is praying they will get with a Point Break remake.