You can say a lot of things about Point Break, the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow film about a bunch of SoCal anarchists who robbed breaks while dressed as famous presidents, in between bouts of surfing and jumping out of planes and all other sorts of adrenaline junkie activities. It's hard even now to decide whether it's ironically great or just unapologetically straightforward in a way that's difficult to appreciate in our irony-doused times, but it's a heck of a fun film either way, helping to launch Keanu Reeves into his post Bill And Ted movie star career and featuring one of Patrick Swayze's more memorable performances, as well as a boatload of ridiculous lines. So, of course, it has to be remade.
As such, Alcon Entertainment has announced that it's going to be fast-tracking a script by Kurt Wimmer and begin the search for a director for their new take on the story, which will again feature an FBI agent attempting to infiltrate a criminal ring by going undercover, except this time around, instead of surfing, the criminals are involved in..."international extreme sports." That's right, folks, Bodhi will now be riding a BMX bike, or snowboard slaloming, or perhaps bungee jumping, during his downtime from bank robbery. Or maybe he'll be partaking in "barefoot waterski jumping." I dunno, man, I just...I don't know. Is there any chance that this won't star Paul Walker?
It's worth reading the full press release just to get a whiff of the great wafts of bullshit that's flowing from it, as well as the shitty copy-editing:
LOS ANGELES, CA., SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 – Financing and production company Alcon Entertainment is set to remake the 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. The Alcon principals 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 who also wrote the screenplay (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” upcoming “Total Recall”). 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.” 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 GaryBusey, was produced by Largo Entertainment and released by Fox.