After evolving from the long-planned sequel idea into a remake written by Salt’s Kurt Wimmer, the rebirth of cult actioner Point Break moved a step closer to reality last year with the hiring of The Fast And The Furious/Daredevil cinematographer Ericson Core to direct. Now Gerard Butler entering final negotiations for one of the main roles is another big leap forward.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Butler – who scored last year with Olympus Has Fallen and is set for sequel London Has Fallen – is signing up to take over Patrick Swayze’s iconic central part of Bodhi, zen leader of a crime ring responsible for several daring heists. While many of the plot elements will remain the same, including Bodhi’s bonding with an FBI agent named Johnny Utah who infiltrates his gang, the focus will be on new extreme sports in addition to surfing and sky diving as in the original. Keanu Reeves filled the Utah role in Katherine Bigelow’s 1991 film, but there's no word yet on who will take it on here.
Butler’s no stranger to either action or surfing on screen, after he played real-life wave-catcher Frosty Hesson in 2012’s Chasing Mavericks. He’ll be hoping for better luck this time, however, as a particularly big wave nearly brought his career – and his life – to an end while filming.
Here, his biggest challenge is likely to be making as much of an impression as Swayze on Hot Fuzz’s Danny Butterman, just one of those who cherish the original movie for its OTT sequences and often entertainingly shonky dialogue. Little hand says it’s time to rock ‘n’ roll…