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Compared to the world-ending waves in Noah, we can’t imagine 50-year storms seem all that impressive. Nevertheless, Ray Winstone has boarded the Point Break remake in the role of Johnny Utah’s older partner, played in Kathryn Bigelow‘s 1991 original by Gary Busey.

Winstone joins Luke Bracey and Gerard Butler in the actioner, which is being directed by Ericson Core. Read more about the reboot, including producer Broderick Johnson‘s comments on what has and hasn’t changed in the new version, after the jump.

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‘Point Break’ Remake Casts Its New Keanu Reeves

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Briefly: Yes, that Point Break remake is actually moving forward. Ericson Core (Invincible) is directing the film, which currently has Gerard Butler attached as bank robbing surfer Bodhi, a role originally played by Patrick Swayze.

Bodhi’s nemesis/partner Johnny Utah, a role originated by Keanu Reeves, will now be played by relative newcomer Luke Bracey. Bracey played the masked role of Cobra Commander in last year’s G.I. Joe Retaliation. The film will retain the same basic premise as the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow original, but except just surfing, it’s set in the world of extreme sports. [Variety]

 

Gerard Butler Boards ‘Point Break’

Gerard Butler in Chasing Mavericks

Whatever surfing skills Gerard Butler picked up on the set of 2012′s Chasing Mavericks are about to come in real handy. The Scottish actor is in final negotiations to board Alcon Entertainment’s Point Break remake as Bodhi, the role originated by the late Patrick Swayze in Katheryn Bigelow‘s 1991 film. Hit the jump for more information, including details on how this version will differ from the original.

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Keanu Reeves is the star of this edition of Sequel Bits, talking about the latest in regards to Bill and Ted 3 and dismissing another film he was never involved in in the first place. Below, read about the following:

  • Jon M. Chu hopes G.I. Joe 3 will shoot in 2014 and says Channing Tatum‘s return isn’t likely.
  • Keanu Reeves says they’re looking for funding for Bill and Ted 3.
  • Reeves also said he won’t appear in a Point Break remake.
  • Check out three new character shots from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • Mark Wahlberg gives some details on his character in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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It’s an extra-chatty edition of Sequel Bits, as everyone has a little something to say about everything. After the jump:

  • A $500,000 camera has been stolen from Dumb and Dumber To
  • The next Aliens game might be about Ripley’s daughter
  • Peter Jackson chats about the score for The Hobbit
  • Director thinks National Treasure could shoot in two years
  • Dan Aykroyd is going on about Ghostbusters 3 again
  • Keanu Reeves chats about Point Break and Speed

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Though it eventually blossomed into a franchise with its own intricate mythology, the original The Fast and the Furious looked like nothing so much as Point Break with cars. So now that an actual Point Break remake is on the way, producers have naturally turned to the 2001 vehicle-based thriller for some guidance.

Alcon Entertainment has just tapped Fast and the Furious DP Ericson Core to direct the new film, which has been in the works for a couple of years now. Hit the jump for some more details.

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MGM isn’t the only company getting remake happy. While that financially revitalized studio is focusing primarily on remakes, smaller company Alcon Entertainment is starting to do the same. The company made news when it announced a rights purchase for a prequel or sequel to Blade Runner, which Ridley Scott eventually signed to direct.

Now Alcon is planning to reboot Kathryn Bigelow‘s 1991 action film Point Break. Read More »

Point Break was released in theaters on July 12th 1991, twenty years ago today. The action film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the future Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker who was at the time married to James Cameron. Keanu Reeves starred as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbing surfers (led by Patrick Swayze). Here are five quick facts that you probably didn’t know about the movie:

  • The word “fuck” is spoken 105 times.
  • The movie was almost titled “Johnny Utah” after Keanu’s character name.
  • Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell, Showgirls) had a small role in the movie as “Macrame Girl”, but her scene was cut out.
  • Johnny Depp, Matthew Broderick and Charlie Sheen were among the other actors who supposedly auditioned for the role of Johnny Utah.
  • Johnny tells Bodhi to meet him at “Patrick’s Roadhouse”, an inside joke to the movie Swayze made a couple years prior – Road House.

Leave your memories of the film after the jump. We’ve also embedded a making of documentary.

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