To paraphrase the end of the original Point Break: Turns out, he is coming back.
Of course, Patrick Swayze was too soon lost in real life, but when his adrenaline-junky bank-robber Bodhi disappeared at the end of 1991’s Point Break, it seemed to be for good. Not so. In Hollywood, there’s always a reboot around the corner.
Alcon Entertainment, best known for releasing The Blind Side and prepping a spin-off of Blade Runner, has announced plans to fast-track a remake of Point Break at Warner Bros.
Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Law Abiding Citizen) has penned a screenplay; like the first movie, it involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a group of extreme sports fanatics suspected of being a robbery gang, though Alcon co-founders and CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove promise new twists. The project is soon to begin the search for a director.
Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker, directed the original action-adventure, which has mellowed over the years into a kind of crazy cult classic. Even the oddball cops in Hot Fuzz studied its over-the-top crimefighting technique, and a comedic live performance of the script has been staged in recent years.
Meanwhile, producer Michael DeLuca’s description of his plans for the remake indicate he’s also a fan: “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!”
This is also the latest Swayze role to inspire a new film. A Red Dawn remake has been finished and awaiting release for some time; a Ghost musical is set to open on Broadway next year; and plans are in the works for a remake of Dirty Dancing.
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