Point Break is a cult classic film when it comes to surfing. It’s filled with so many surfer stereotypes and bad dialogue that it has fallen into the “so bad it’s good” realm of films. Due to its cult following and sentimental nostalgia, I think that it’s a film that should not be remade but unfortunately it is in the works and Gerard Butler seems to have the lead role.
Gerard Butler is in final negotiations to star in Alcon’s remake of the early 1990s classic surf film Point Break.
Butler will play Bodhi, an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals. The part of Utah is not cast yet.
I don’t see how this film can live up to the original in any way. Hollywood is obviously trying to capture the interest of a niche market whose unexpected interests were in retrospect of the original film. What the original had cannot be recreated because it was the unintended nature of the film that appealed to the masses. You can’t recreate unintentional elements of a film with the intentions to recreate them, the statement alone doesn’t make sense. Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze were a horribly good pair in Point Break and I cannot see Gerard Butler capturing the nature of the character Bodhi. As Bodhi would say, “They only live to get radical…so they’ll never get the spiritual side of it.” Expect this film to be something loosely based on the original, hoping to gather audiences through its name alone.