Gerard Butler

Remake set in world of extreme sports

Gerard Bulter is heading for “Point Break” and is in talks to star in Alcon Entertainment’s remake of the 1991 crime-actioner.

Ericson Core has been attached to direct Kurt Wimmer’s screenplay, set in the world of extreme sports. The remake will retain the original story of an FBI agent infiltrating a ring of criminals.

Butler will play Bodhi, the thrill-seeking surfer portrayed by Patrick Swayze in the original. Butler also surfed in the 2012 drama “Chasing Mavericks” as Frosty Hesson.

Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing along with Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Wimmer.

Butler has been set to star in Lionsgate’s “Gods of Egypt” and in “London is Falling,” the sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen.”

Alcon came on board the project in 2011 by securing film rights from RGM Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. In addition to the feature rights, Alcon also obtained TV and gaming rights.

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The Kathryn Bigelow original also starred Keanu Reeves as the FBI agent Johnny Utah along with Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The plot centered on a gang of surfers using masks of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter during robberies.

The original was produced by Largo Entertainment and released by Fox.

Butler is repped by CAA.

News was first reported by THR.com.

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