Gerard Butler, who was seen in surfing film Chasing Mavericks (above) is in final negotiations to play the role of Bodhi in the upcoming Point Break remake. The role was made famous by Patrick Swayze in Kathryn Bigelow’s classic 1991 original, which also starred Keanu Reeves as undercover cop Johnny Utah.
According to Heat Vision, Butler’s Bodhi will be “an expert extreme sports athlete who also seeks to find nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-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.”
The Point Break reboot was the success story of the American Film Market back in November, and was the fastest selling film of the whole event. Considering the film had no cast attached, and a director (Ericson Core) who only has one other film to his credit (Invincible), the quick sale of the film hints that studios believe the film is going to be a huge success.
Casting Butler is a certainly a step in the right direction.
While Core only has one film to his name, it is said that he really knows how to deliver crowd pleasing visuals (he was also cinematographer on the first Fast & Furious film), and his pitch reel for Point Break apparently blew distributors away.
“Buyers were sold on the high concept of the film,” Wachsberger tells The Hollywood Reporter. “This is going to be a much larger scale film than the first one.”
Alcon, coming off the box office success of Prisoners, is fully financing the ambitious project. Lionsgate is handling the film internationally.
Point Break’s budget is expected to be between $90-$110 million, and while no official synopsis has been revealed, some of what we can expect from the new film has been revealed. Both Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves in the original) and Bodhi (played by the late Patrick Swayze) will be back in the reboot, but this time the sport involved will not just be surfing. The reboot will feature numerous extreme sports, from wingsuiting, snowboarding, rock climbing and motorcycle racing. Giving the project street cred are extreme sport stars including professional skydiver and BASE jumper Jeb Corliss and legendary American rock climber Chris Sharma, who will act as consultants on Point Break.
In the reboot, again Utah will infiltrate Bodhi’s gang of bank robbers and extreme sports fans, but instead of keeping the action just in California like the first film, the reboot will go global. Location shooting planned in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, China and Malta.
“This will be much more like a James Bond film,” Core told buyers in the AFM pitch reel, giving an idea of the planned scale of the movie.
“It is probably the best high-concept film out there,” said Markus Zimmer, acquisitions head for Germany’s Concorde, which is thought to have paid several million for the German rights to the picture.
Kurt Wimmer (Total Recall) has penned the script to Point Break, which Oscar-nominated The Blind Side producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing for Alcon together with John Baldecchi (The Mexican), Wimmer and Christopher W. Taylor.
Robert L. Levy, Peter Abrams and John McMurrick are executive producing. Principle photography is set to start in March 2014.