Like It or Not, a 'Point Break' Remake is On the Way

Monday, 12 September 2011 14:27 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Like It or Not, a 'Point Break' Remake is On the Way

The 1991 actioner Point Break was bolstered by charismatic lead performances from Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, energetic direction from future Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, heist sequences with cartoon presidential masks, and the incorporation of totally gnarly skydiving and surfing.  Without that stuff – and Gary Busey's characteristically strange take on an FBI agent – it's pretty generic undercover story of conflicting loyalties, one that was essentially remade as The Fast and the Furious.  Still, Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment (the company behind that Blade Runner movie that recently bagged Ridley Scott to direct) have announced that a Point Break remake is being fast-tracked towards production. 

Alcon founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce the Busey-less remake, which has a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer, the screenwriter who action fans will also as the director of the Christian Bale gun-kata picture Equilibrium and the unfortunate Ultraviolet.  There's no director attached to the new Point Break as of yet, and while the remake will involve "international extreme sports," it's unknown exactly which sports those may be.  You can bet that the new version of Bodhi will drink plenty of energy drinks, though.

For somewhat more information, feel free to peruse this press release from Alcon:

LOS ANGELES, CA., SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 – Financing and production company Alcon Entertainment is set to remake the classic 1991 action-thriller POINT BREAK as a feature film for release by Warner Bros, its home studio, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Alcon principals Kosove and Johnson secured rights to the project the week of the original film’s 20th anniversary from RGM Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. Kosove and Johnson will produce along with Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” upcoming “Total Recall”), who also wrote the screenplay. RGM Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, Chairman of Marloss Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers.

The film is being fast tracked, with the filmmakers set to take the project out to directors soon.

The new version is set in the world of international extreme sports, and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring, but plot points beyond that have not been revealed by the filmmakers.

State Johnson and Kosove: “Who doesn’t love the Kathryn Bigelow original and its pure heart-pounding action and thrills? Kurt’s take infuses the story and characters with new twists and settings. We’re very excited to be in business with Kurt, and Michael DeLuca, Chris Taylor, and John Baldecchi.”

Adds DeLuca “’Point Break’ wasn’t just a film, it was a Zen meditation on testosterone fueled action and manhood in the late 20th century and we hope to create the same for the young 21st!”

In addition to the feature rights, Alcon has also secured television and gaming rights to POINT BREAK.

The Bigelow original, starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey, was produced by Largo Entertainment and released by Fox. The film went on to become an instant classic and remains beloved by the youth culture around the world.

It's strange to see the tide of remakes inevitably rolling into the 1990's, particularly with films like Flatliners and Point Break being cultivated.  While Flatliners has a premise that went underexploited in the original, the notion of a Point Break is predicated on the recognizable name and the involvement of extreme sporting.   It'll be interesting to see who signs on direct, and which good-looking young people step into the roles of Johnny Utah and Bodhi, the Zen Buddhist bank robber looking for the perfect rush. 

Agree or disagree: Bodhi's stated philosophy actually seems quite counter to the idea of remakes in general.

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