Gerard Butler will play Patrick Swayze's original part in the new version of Kathryn Bigelow's action classic.
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13 Jan 2014 - 10:21 AM  UPDATED 5 Feb 2014 - 1:50 PM

A few very special films are not meant to be remade, most notably Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, Ingmar Bergman's Persona, and Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break. Not surprisingly, it is the latter that is arousing interest as Hollywood grows ever more cannibalistic in its quest for recognisable brands. The 1991 original, where a young FBI agent goes undercover with a Zen surfer's bank robbing gang, provided near perfect roles for Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze respectively (not a common experience for either actor), and while it's doubtful director Ericson Core (Invincible) can match Bigelow's mastery of action sequences and male vanity, it's difficult to imagine that current choice Gerard Butler (Chasing Mavericks; pictured) can match Swayze as the enigmatic Bodhi. As for finding a replacement for Reeves' dogged, slightly dumb, Johnny Utah? Good luck with that.

Greenaway in Guanajuato
The Finnish actor Elmer Back (Where Once We Walked) will play the revered Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein for British director Peter Greenaway. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (an unusually literal Greenaway movie title) charts the time the post-Revolutionary genius, who directed Strike and Battleship Potemkin and set the parameters of montage, spent in Mexico in 1931 following an aborted Hollywood contract. Greenaway, whose long career has made him one of the pillars of the modern European art cinema even as his multi-disciplinary outlook has taken him away from the arthouse circuit he helped build 30 years ago with the likes of A Draughtsman's Contract and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, will tell the story of Eisenstein's relationship with his guide and his efforts to make a film in Latin America.

Marigold makes room for two more
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel – pleases title it The Bestest Exotic Marigold Hotel – is getting some American guests. While director John Madden returns with cast members Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy in the story of a sub-continent hotel inhabited by British retirees, new residents will include Richard Gere (American Gigolo, Unfaithful) and David Strathairn (L.A. Confidential, Good Night, and Good Luck).

Señor Spielbergo
Steven Spielberg is looking to make his next movie. Having decided not to go ahead with an adaptation of the futuristic pulp thriller Robopocalypse and having left the post-Iraq War drama American Sniper to Clint Eastwood, the Lincoln director is now looking at an update of a 50-year-old screenplay written by blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo. Montezuma tells the story of the Aztec ruler who captured, befriended and was eventually destroyed by the Spanish explorer Cortez 600 years ago following the European discovery of the New World. Trumbo's script, written for Kirk Douglas, has been updated by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, American Gangster), and the first cast member may be the imposing Javier Bardem (Biutiful, Skyfall) as the European envoy who introduced avarice, gunpowder and germs to the Americas; not for nothing did Neil Young write a song called 'Cortez the Killer'.