‘Point Break’ Remake Loses Gerard Butler as the New Bodhi

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Gerard Butler on Olympus Has Fallen poster Point Break Remake Loses Gerard Butler as the New Bodhi

A few years ago, Alcon Entertainment announced the 90s action movie remake that you never even knew you wanted! Possibly because no one really did want it. Nonetheless, Kathryn Bigelow’s surfer crime thriller Point Break is getting a modern update set in the world of extreme sports, directed by Ericson Core (Invincible) from a script by Kurt Wimmer (Total Recall).

The original movie starred Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, a philosophizing surfer who organizes his surfer buddies into a talented bank robbing crew. Keanu Reeves played Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who investigates the crimes by going undercover in the surfing scene, but ends up being drawn in by Bodhi’s charismatic nature.

Development on the Point Break remake has picked up momentum over the last year or so, with a director and script in place and the two main roles cast. Newcomer Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will play Johnny Utah, and Gerard Butler was set to play Bodhi. According to a new report by THR, however, Butler has now dropped out of the movie due to a “confluence of factors,” including creative differences and schedule conflicts.

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Point Break is set to begin filming in June, but no U.S. release date has yet been determined. Given how crowded the 2015 release is already, with major sequels like Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fast and Furious 7, Warner Bros. may well decide to hold off on releasing Point Break until 2016.

The schedule conflict most likely refers to Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen, which will begin filming on location this fall. Even if Point Break was completed before the start of filming on London Has Fallen, Butler’s availability for reshoots and ADR would be limited and shooting two movies immediately back-to-back is a pretty exhausting commitment. It’s unclear exactly how large a part creative differences had in Butler’s decision to drop out, but the usual remake backlash has been even more pronounced due to the fact that Swayze passed away less than five years ago.

Alcon Entertainment is no doubt already searching for an actor to replace Butler, and since Bracey is virtually unknown right now, Bodhi will ideally need to be played by someone with a bit of star power. Tell us in the comments if you know the perfect actor to take up the mantle from Swayze – or if you think Point Break should just be left alone.


We’ll keep you updated on Point Break as development continues.

Source: THR

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  1. No good can come of this movie.

    • Amen.

      • Pointless remake, I just recently watched the original and it is still brilliant.

        • “Brilliant”?!

          Ah, you do know that Keanu Reeves was in it, don’t you?

          • Yes, we do know he was in it. Point?

            • Point…he is far, so very far, from a brilliant actor.

              • Maybe I was mistaken? Wait…just read it again. Didn’t hear him mention Keanu specifically…but the movie was definitely brilliant. I’m with you on the less than brilliance of Neo though. Gotta read them posts in they’re entirety!

                • Sheesh.. *their*

                  • I also enjoyed the movie but felt it could have been better without Keanu. For me, he detracts from almost everything that he is in. Just not my cup of tea.

                    • Absolutely no one are in the early 90s that could’ve encapsulated Jonny Utah. No one. Keanu Reeves IS Jonny Utah.

    • They should call it Point Taken and crap the idea

  2. I see no need whatsoever for a Point Break remake this soon. Maybe in another 10 years. The original still stands up amazingly well even today. Look at what happened with the Red Dawn remake. It was absolutely AWFUL. I see this going in the same exact direction. Remakes should only be made if the studio feels they can really do justice to the original. I don’t see that being the case with Point Break, at least not this early. Again, maybe in another 10 years.

    • 100% agree. Point Break was a classic. The Red Dawn movie was just horrible.

    • I absolutely agree with you with the exception that point break is a movie that should never be ‘remade’ ( that goes for Red Dawn as well ).

  3. I think OrangeCrush’s mom should play Bodhi in the movie. She looks like Swayze too.

    • These kinds of comments always say far more about the poster then they ever do the people they are aimed at. In other words, if anyone in here has a hanus looking mother, my money is on yours. You can try and deny it, but you posts give it away.

      • Lol. The fact that you answered to it shows you’re bothered by it. By the way your English sucks. It’s YOUR posts….. not you posts…

        • You could also point out how to spell “heinous” properly…if you want to be a jerk that is.

        • Classy stuff.

  4. The original is one of my favorite movies of all-time, and does not need a remake. Just went to a Point Break Live! showing which was hilarious.

    Glad Butler dropped out, hope they never finish this movie lol.

  5. They let Big Ben take over Batman, might as well just let him do this as well then. Actually, they should just let him be in every single remake for the rest of time until they decide to stop making remakes.

  6. He was the only good thing about this remake. This does not need to be remade for any reason whatsoever. They already remade it and it was called The Fast and the Furious and used street racing instead of surfing.

  7. An action star who can surf. Butler fit the bill, there must be others.

  8. I always viewed Butler as a very underrated actor who got bad roles. I liked what he did with Olympus has Fallen. Felt like his break out (although the movie was eh obviously). He’s charismatic and is a very talented actor. I’m glad he dropped out of a generic role such as this one.

    • His breakout film was 300. Anyone seen him in “The Phantom of the Opera”?

      • I know a lot of women loved him in Phantom.

        He was a real guy’s guy in 300, though. I don’t think anyone else could have played his role so well.

        • Ya, 300 was his breakout role. But at the same time, Olympus has Fallen felt like another big boost for his career that would finally push him away from doing these one note B movies.

  9. I’m usually not one of the people who criticize every remake or reboot before they’re even released but don’t make this film. It doesn’t need to be rebooted…you’re not going to outdo Swayze, Reeves, and Busey. It’s going to be a very generic movie that’s just going to try to cash in on a title. If anything should be remade it should be “Weird Science”. You could update the humor a bit and their are plenty of smoking women in Hollywood to choose from.

    • Thank you! +1000000

      Seriously though. Instead of skydiving and surfing, it’s now called “action sports”. I mean, how can these new writers and producers recreate the atmosphere of the original?? The Anthony Keidis gang? The slow motion spiritual filming of what surfing was like back then? It’s actually a sad thing that this is about to be remade.

  10. Someone call McConaughey.

  11. This project is doomed from the start.
    First the original director Kathryn Bigelow said no. Secondly, the movie star Keanu Reeves said no. Thirdly, Leonidas said no as well.
    Everything’s gone pear shape for them

  12. Agree with everyone, original is a classic and still holds up now against modern thrillers. Glad to see Butler saw sense and hope the project gets scrapped.

    Now if we can just get Gal to drop out for Wonder Woman..

  13. Please let the ghost of Patrick Swayze come down and put a stop to this! But if it HAS to happen, its worth seeing Anthony Keidis get his foot blown off a second time.

  14. Butler caught whiff if the stink and bolted. Not that I think this remake is a good idea, but did anyone watch the surf flick Drift? What about Sam Worthington as Bodhi?

    • no no no Patrick Swayze’s brother don Swayze should be in this one not anyone else