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article image'Point Break' movie to be remade by Warner Bros.

By Abigail Prendergast     Sep 13, 2011 in Entertainment
The 1991 film "Point Break" has been heralded as a classic by many people and critics alike. Now Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment plan on producing a 21st century version of the movie 20 years after its initial release.
The 1991 thriller Point Break is about to undergo a modern day, extreme sports makeover. The original movie, which starred Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze, centered around an FBI agent character named Johnny Utah (Reeves) who sought after a collective of bank robbers led by a man called Bodhi (Swayze). The backdrop for all of this action was the surfing scene of Southern California.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake - which is coming to fruition thanks to Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. - will take place within the realm of international extreme sports and like the first time include an FBI agent immersing himself in a crime ring.
The announcement is being met with plenty of backlash, however, as websites such as Entertainment and Stars see this endeavor as part of a disturbing trend in Hollywood. A trend forgoing originality in favor of targeting and even victimizing cinema classics because the industry "refuses to come up with an original idea."
Several Twitter tweets went even further as to post comments of great concern reports TODAY Movies. Justin Stangel, who is the head writer and executive producer of Late Show with David Letterman said bluntly: "Warner Bros plans on remaking the 1991 action-thriller Point Break. Really? How do you recreate perfection?"
Other user comments included a sense of repulsion saying things like "This is sacrilege" and "Children of the 90's, prepare to die a little inside."
On the other side of the argument, websites such as Reuters point out that with its "impressive 20-year track record on home video and basic cable," there is more than enough to indeed warrant such a remake.
Katheryn Bigelow - the original film's director - won an Oscar last year for The Hurt Locker and as such many took another glance at her work in Point Break. And while the movie did not see overwhelming commercial success (at least not for a major motion picture) at the time of its release, it essentially won critics over and even got a three-and-a-half out of four star rating from renowned cinema expert, Roger Ebert.
The remake of Point Break - or to some, rehashing - was written by Kurt Wimmer (Salt) and Alcon co-founders/CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson secured the rights to the film from Singapore-based RGM Media. The studio also got television and gaming rights to the movie says ComingSoon.net.
The movie is set to be made at a quick pace with film-makers ready to peddle the idea to directors soon. And it looks like it will attempt to take the action and fast pace of the original to a whole new level.
“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,” said Johnson and Kosove.
Micheal DeLuca, one of the people set to produce alongside the two Alcon heads, said in addition to Hollywood Reporter: "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!"
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