In the original “Point Break”, FBI Agent Johnny Utah, played by Keanu Reeves, is described as being “young, dumb, and full of cum”. That effectively describes the movie itself. It’s full of vigour, macho bravado and isn’t exactly a thinking man’s action movie. I suspect this is an intentional yet secret parody of the male image in movies by a female director (Kathryn Bigelow). In that context, it’s unique. I doubt we will ever again see that sort of brazen, borderline homoerotic vibe in today’s politically correct climate, even if another woman director were to attempt it.

Looks like we’re about to find out exactly what a “Point Break” movie would look and feel like in this day and age. The 1991 actioner is getting the remake treatment. Rather than move ahead with a sequel, which was indeed planned at one stage (a script called “Point Break 2: Indo” was abandoned after years in development limbo), the powers-that-be decided that we need a brand new retelling.

An official press statement was issued today, stating: “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 Johnsonand 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 ofMarloss Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers. The film is being fast tracked, with the filmmakers set to take theproject 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 criminalring, 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 centuryand 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.”

 

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