‘Point Break’ Remake Steals ‘Invincible’ Director

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If the theory that pop culture nostalgia runs in a twenty-year cycle is true, then the time is ripe for a remake of 1991 thriller Point Break. At least, Alcon Entertainment seems to think so, as they announced in 2011 that they would be bringing their own version of the film to the big screen. Kurt Wimmer, who stretched his remake muscles with last year’s Total Recall, has been tapped to write the script, and the producers have just found the director that they want to handle the project.

The original film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who later won an Oscar for war drama The Hurt Locker, and is about an “F! B! I! Agent!” called Johnny Utah, who is sent undercover to investigate a gang of surfers that are suspected to be the culprits behind a series of bank robberies. Keanu Reeves played Johnny in the original, and the late Patrick Swayze played the surf-loving, philosophizing leader of the gang, Bodhi.

The remake will begin filming at the end of the year, and Deadline is reporting that Invincible‘s Ericson Core has signed on to direct the project. Core is best known for his cinematography work on films like The Fast and the Furious, Mumford and Daredevil, and since he was also the director of photography for Invincible, it’s possible he’ll double up for Point Break as well. Since The Fast and the Furious was arguably a partial remake of Point Break anyway, it’s fair to say that this is familiar territory for Core, though it will be interesting to see how he handles an action-thriller in a directorial role.

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Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove, who will co-produce the film with partner Broderick Johnson, has said that it won’t be a literal remake, using the most recent version of Footloose as an example of a remake that was “identical to the original film.” He has, however, said that the story will revolve around the beaches, and hinted that we’ll see scenes of sky-diving or similar risky activities:

“[The remake] has got elements of the original and it’s not just surfing, it’s other kinds of extreme sports, but surfing is very, very prominent in the story.”

No roles have been cast yet, and there are any number of suitable candidates out there. The best choices, obviously, being Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Who else could fire a gun up in the air and go “Aaaargh!” with such conviction?


We’ll keep you up to date on the Point Break remake as more details become available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Young, dumb and full of re-run!

  2. They must be really getting desperate if they’re hitting up 90s movies for remakes.
    80s movies I can somewhat understand, because of the nostalgia and because many don’t quite hold up in today’s cinema climate (just my opinion, but I liked the remakes of Red Dawn and Fright Night better – they didn’t hold up nearly as well as something like Total Recall or RoboCop). But 90s films now?

  3. @ I completely agree with your comments.

    Whilst there many great films in the 90s a lot of them dont carry the same timelessness or definition that the 80s had.

    Studios have just lost the need to even try to be original anymore – which is worrying. One can imagine studio execs with a massive list of films that can be remade. It is however getting smaller by the minute.

    What is even more ridiculous is that remakes are seen to be more safer box office bets, but the majority of them flop big time. Recent versions of Total Recall, Conan, Footloose, Red Dawn all failed big time and that run will definitely continue with this pointless Point Break remake. As usual they will fail to capture the magic of the original and it should just be left alone.

    At least one day will arrive when they run out of films to remake and then will be forced to try more original ideas.

    • Wait for a few years, they will make a remake of a remake OR they will remake point break (excellent film) but change the end so it can be made into a trilogy for DVD box set sales. Bodhi survives the big wave and Utah goes after him again but he now is into rolla coasters and chases him across Florida!!

  4. this is just retarded, stop making remakes of classics. this movie isn’t a classic in the untouchable sense like Star Wars or Jaws or Gone With The Wind, but it’s still untouchable in my eyes, plus with Swayze passing away it needs to be stashed away. It’s cheesily a classic. Johnny Utah man!

  5. Wow. Point Break remake? Hollywood has sunk to a new low. Don’t tarnish a classic.

  6. Nothing surprises me anymore, I’ve got the blu ray, nothing will ruin that!

    I just don’t understand the reasoning behind a lot of these remakes, if it improves on the original or adds something new then fair enough, but more often than not they just rip off the old one sometimes scene for scene or like with Total Recall, add the funny parts of the original to a movie with a serious tone, that movie really made no sense at all!!

    Swayze will be turning in his grave and Busey will probably implode!!

  7. I agree with everyone that the remakes need to stop,but as long as people keep going to see them,they will keep making them.

    People need to voice their opinions more with their wallets than their words.

  8. Just bring Johnny Utah into the fast and furious universe and call it good. I mean who wouldn’t want to see the Rock and Reeves after Diesel and Walker? Sounds like a winner and an easy way to get 2 or 3 more successful sequels out of the franchise.

  9. Here is the recasting list for Point Break 2.0
    Bodhi = Gerard Butler
    Johnny Utah = Ryan Gosling
    Tyler = Mila Kunis
    Pappas = Jake Busey

    Your welcome

  10. Given that the original was ultimately about the carefree bohemianism of the 60s and 70s being replaced by the clean cut corporate yuppie-ism of the 80s and 90s, I have no idea how you’d make this work now

  11. Point Break was a fantastic film, everything came together perfectly & it has aged really well, I watched it a couple of months ago & really enjoyed it.

    Swayze was superb, Reeves was perfect & Busey delivered, it was the perfect storm & I kinda feel like this movie is Swayzes legacy, he had a lot of big movies but this was one of his biggest, it would be like remaking The Dark Knight.

    I can understand & in fact advocate that Hollywood remake certain movies, movies that could be improved in some ways but Point Break should really be left alone.

  12. Totally agree with everyone’s comments please leave this alone! what next a remake of the Goonies!??? leave the classics alone!

  13. Studios would avoid all of this hate for remakes if they just did made something similar to the originals and called it something else!

    They used to do it in the past, how many versions of Die Hard did we get, ‘terrorists take over a bus/train/plane/cruise ship/battleship/ski resort, and lone/retired/maverick/ex cop/special forces has to take them down with the help of feisty waitress/stewardess/ passaenger/ comedy side kick!’

    Everyone knew all they were getting was a rip off of Die Hard but nobody cared because it was kind of original, a bit of effort was put in!

    Now they are just straight remakes which infuriates everyone and they rarely work!!

    • But if they get too successful like Avatar then people will still hate on them for being unoriginal.

      • I’d rather have a dozen Avatars than one Pointless ReBreak

        • Me too, but I’m just saying it wouldn’t stop the hate. People love to hate things, especially on the internet :)

  14. The only reason I’d watch this is to see Anthony Keidis get his foot blown off again. Easily the funniest part of the movie for me.

  15. It won’t have the charm and sheer bravado of the orginal… I am anticipating something like the level of the remake of Total Recall, so not mindblowing then…

  16. Instead of calling it ‘Point Break’they could rename it ‘Pointless Remake’!