It doesn't seem like a lot of people are happy with this Point Break remake. So far the movie stars Gerard Butler as Bodhi, Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, and Ray Winstone in the role of Utah’s partner originally played by Gary Busey. The movie is being directed by Ericson Core (Invincible) from a script written by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall).
Thanks to producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove, we have some additional information on the film and what they are planning for it. Speaking to Collider, Johnson said that they've started shooting aspects of the film:
We’ve actually been in photography on the film, beginning our stunt work with our real athletes. This is a movie with a lot of stunts and no stunt people in it because the stunts are way too dangerous for people who are stunt people.
Isn't the job of a stunt person to do crazy dangerous stunts? I guess, technically, the stunt people being used in this film are real athletes. Does that mean movie stunt people aren't real athletes? Is this offensive to any stunt people in the industry? I do understand, though, that you can't get a stunt person to surf huge waves if they don't know how to surf.
In case you're wondering who they brought in to do some of these stunts, surfers Garrett McNamara and the legendary Laird Hamilton are helping with some of the surfing scenes. The producers also revealed that they got a couple of 70-foot waves, saying, "It’s the most incredible footage that we’ve ever gotten on a film."
Now that's going to be awesome to see! When asked whether the script for the remake follows the narrative of director Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film, Johnson said,
Not at all. The script only shares in common with the original the characters and the nature of the character dynamic between Utah and Bodhi and their relationship. Everything else about the movie is different. The narrative of the movie is different. While we do have surfing in the film, it is only a subset of the extreme sports that we deal with, including free-climbing, motocross, wing-suiting, and so forth. The movie is being shot in 10 countries across the globe.
I'm still not too crazy about this movie, but of course I'm going to go see it. I just want to see how those 70 foot waves look on the big screen!