With actors like Edgar Ramirez and Ray Winstone on board, the upcoming remake of Point Break sits in a good place where male actors are concerned, but now they are ready to start playing on the other side of the gender line. Alcon Entertainment has officially announced that Australian actress Teresa Palmer is now in talks to play the female lead in the new action movie.
The plot of the new Point Break will elevate the concept to the world of extreme sports, with an undercover FBI agent (this time played by Luke Bracey) infiltrating a gang of thieves.
After spending years in development, the upcoming Point Break remake finally seemed to have all of its parts in place - including it's two main cast members - but now one of those important pieces has fallen away. Gerard Butler, who first entered negotiations to be a part of the production in January - has reportedly walked from the project.
He'll be playing the young fellow's partner, as Bracey's Johnny Utah infiltrates a gang of bank robbers and becomes one of them. This would be the role of Pappas in the original, played with a side of oily charm by Gary Busey. So, you know, big shoes to fill and all.
When Gerard Butler came aboard to play the Patrick Swayze role in the upcoming Point Break remake last month, the big question that everybody was asking was, "Who will play the Johnny Utah to Butler's Bodhi?" Rather than going for a big name star to fill Keanu Reeves' shoes, Alcon Entertainment is instead turning to up-and-coming Aussie actor Luke Bracey, who is now signed on to the film.
At this stage I'm not really sure I understand the Hollywood remake game anymore. Sure, occasionally studios are able to reinvigorate a franchise and make it big again (for example, 2010's The Karate Kid), but when you look at the performances of movies like Len Wiseman's Total Recall, Craig Gillespie's Fright Night and Spike Lee's Oldboy it becomes hard to see the logic in the strategy.
Keanu Reeves is an actor who could potentially agree to be in just about any kind of movie, though he appears to always follow his personal tastes over doing anything strictly for a payday. One paycheck he is flat-out refusing is for Warner Bros. and Alcom Entertainment’s implausibly stupid remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s surfing/skydiving crime drama Point Break.
Core’s only other feature was 2006’s “Mark Wahlberg is a Philadelphia Eagle” drama Invincible, but he’s been a cinematographer on a handful of action films, including The Fast and the Furious and Daredevil.
For years we have watched as studios have constantly churned out remakes of 80s movies like Fright Night, Clash of the Titans, Nightmare on Elm Street and The Karate Kid, but the release of Total Recall brings us into whole new territory: the 90s. The original adaptation, directed by Paul Verhoeven, came out in 1990, and the remake could very well be the excuse studios need to start mining the rest of the decade for properties to reboot.
Sure, it's possible that whatever they're planning, Kathryn Bigelow will get involved somehow with the remake. But I seriously doubt it-- not only is Point Break a damn near perfect, if totally silly, film on its own, but Bigelow doesn't seem nearly as interesting in mining her own history as Scott is. And yes, maybe they'll pick an interesting director who could do something fresher with the admittedly dated material
Apparently because the forces of good and right in the world have intervened, the sequel is off entirely. Clint is reporting this morning that two "good-as-offiicial sources" confirmed that the production has fallen apart