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Point Break Remake Has A Director
Surf's up for Ericson Core

11 April 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Alcon Entertainment

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Point Break

Perhaps mindful that Fast & Furious 6 is almost with us, and with some news about Fast 7 breaking just this morning, Alcon Entertainment have piped up with some information to remind the world that their Point Break remake is still happening. In development for years, we already knew it had a screenplay by Salt's Kurt Wimmer, but the new version of the most bodacious surfing, skydiving, foot-chasing heist movie now has a director, in the form of the awesomely-named Ericson Core.

Core is a cinematographer, with credits on - here's that name again - The Fast And The Furious, Payback and Daredevil. As a director, he's helmed episodes of Family Law, and decent American football feature Invincible with Mark Wahlberg.

Core's currently attached to a mafia action thriller called Fair Trade, but its status is unclear (the IMDb lists it in pre-production, but there's no cast yet). If that one isn't moving ahead, then Point Break may immediately beckon. Alcon are keen to fast track the film, but with eighteen months in between reports on the its progress, they haven't managed to hit top speed so far.

Point Break, you'll need no reminding, is a Kathryn Bigelow macho classic that sees FBI man Keanu Reeves infiltrating a gang of adrenaline junkie bank robbers headed by zen philosopher action man Patrick Swayze. Gary Busey and Lori Petty provide solid support in a piece of truly glorious tosh that formed the template for - here's that name again - the Fast & Furious franchise and the lesser xXx, as well as being a touchstone for Hot Fuzz. Without Point Break, Nick Frost would never have got to fire his gun in the air and go aaaahhh.

The remake, it seems, "evolved" out of an earlier plan for a sequel, in which a new agent would have been on the trail of the not-dead Bodhi, last seen suicidally surfing the world's biggest wave. With the tragic loss of Swayze, that's obviously no longer possible. The new version, we're told, is "set in the world of international extreme sports" and, again involves a Fed under cover in a criminal ring. Otherwise, Alcon are keeping the details under wraps.

Can we, from that, infer a more organized sporting community to replace the beach-side surfer commune? Or a broader canvas from that "international"? That would be telling. The next job is to find a cast, and the film is currently pencilled in for shooting at the end of the year.


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Your Comments

guess we just must have ourselves an asshole shortage huh?
Good God! will someone just STOP!!! Everytime they remake, reboot, reimagine or whatever a great movie (or even a crap one) a little bit of that movie magic ebbs away... OK, so Point Break ain't Citizen Kane but it just so happens to be one of my all time favourites - so piss off money men!! And anyway, you CAN'T make Point Break without Swayze, Reeves, Petty or the one and only king of movie surfing Mr Busey. This idea is so bloody awful its not even vaguely amusing. But then they'll get so More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 17:33 on 13 April 2013 | Report This Post

Why??
One of my faves, please leave well alone. As Dead Mike said above, already re-booted when they did Fast & Furious so why tinker again?? More

Posted by robmaytum at 14:16 on 12 April 2013 | Report This Post

Back off Warchild, seriously.
Point Break doesn't need a remake (or a sequel). But the same basic story with different actors and a different director could be something completely different. I'm hoping that it's so far removed from Point Break that it'd be hard to spot it's origin, ...like Carpenter's remake of The Thing From Another World. Also they should change the title. More

Posted by Jon 79 at 01:16 on 12 April 2013 | Report This Post

If it's not featuring the same characters and same story it's not a remake is it, a different story set in the same sort of world with new characters is a new movie, call it something else. More

Posted by durelius at 21:12 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

Enough Hollywood!!!!!!
Right enough is enough!!!!. Can the accountants and money men who rule hollywood keep their noses out of decent film making. Every horror remake of recent years has been awful..chainsaw, spit on your grave, nightmare on elm street... and now they are having a go at re hashing (destroying) 90's action classics however intentionally dumb the originals may have been, and lets be fair Point Break was "dumb by design" and made by a now Oscar winning director with her tongue firmly in her ch More

Posted by Ben Richardson at 18:39 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

Enough Hollywood!!!!!!
Right enough is enough!!!!. Can the accountants and money men who rule hollywood keep their noses out of decent film making. Every horror remake of recent years has been awful..chainsaw, spit on your grave, nightmare on elm street... and now they are having a go at re hashing (destroying) 90's action classics however intentionally dumb the originals may have been, and lets be fair Point Break was "dumb by design" and made by a now Oscar winning director with her tongue firmly in her ch More

Posted by Ben Richardson at 18:38 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

Shelve it now!!!
Stupid, pointless idea to attempt to remake what is an iconic action classic. There is absolutely no need whatsoever to remake this. Hopefully this idea gets scrapped soon! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 16:52 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

No thanks...
To quote the character played by Anthony Kiedis in the original 'That would be a waste of time'. Another pointless Hollywood remake, the original was a product of its time and they will only mess this up. Come up with some new idea's instead if butchering the good names of classic WELL MADE films. More

Posted by Bodhi Lives at 14:14 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Pointless Break
L: BenTramer The original is a guilty pleasure of mine; the ludicrous macho posturing throughout, Keanu's pretty wooden performance, Swayze's Zen bank robber schtick and Gary Busey's gonzo comic relief is always welcome. But nothing, NOTHING, can improve on The Worst Australian Accent Ever Attempted In Movie History at the end (It's the cop on the beach saying to Keanu: "Ya let 'im go! We'll get 'im when he comes back in!", clearly an American actor trying to do Aussie and ending up with a More

Posted by fuzzy at 14:08 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
'The Fast & the Furious' was essentially a remake of Point Break anyway. Why remake it again? More

Posted by Dead Mike at 12:36 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

Ericson Core? I thought that was a new mobile phone... :/ More

Posted by dunkah at 12:23 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: NO.
L: a_man_and_his_monkey Just NO. And also, in Hot Fuzz was it not Nick Frost who fired his gun in the air and screamed "ahhhhhh"? hat's exactly what they said... More

Posted by Whistler at 12:01 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

Pointless Break
The original is a guilty pleasure of mine; the ludicrous macho posturing throughout, Keanu's pretty wooden performance, Swayze's Zen bank robber schtick and Gary Busey's gonzo comic relief is always welcome. But nothing, NOTHING, can improve on The Worst Australian Accent Ever Attempted In Movie History at the end (It's the cop on the beach saying to Keanu: "Ya let 'im go! We'll get 'im when he comes back in!", clearly an American actor trying to do Aussie and ending up with a bad Engl More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:53 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

Why?
Surely THE most utterly pointless and un-needed remake of this whole ridiculously stupid 'remake' culture in Hollywood at the moment. Where's the originality????? More

Posted by mancalledpete at 11:24 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

If it's not about surfing it can't be called 'Point Break' ...
because that's a surfing term to describe a wave that breaks onto rocks. So, it has to have at least some surfing in it or they'll be making an undercover cop movie that has an irrelevant name. This could get weird ... More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:20 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

probably not ..... but maybe
Essentially, I don't understand how you can remake a good 80's movie now, not even sure it's an 80's movie but its got that vibe, and by that vibe i mean Keanu Reeves still says dude. But the whole tone just doesn't work any more, it's good for reminiscing but cant be taken seriously when made now. It would be a completely different film if it wanted to be taken seriously. I would go and watch a film with the values of Point Break. More

Posted by heymish96 at 10:56 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

No.
This is the most stupid and idiotic thing I have ever heard. How could anyone ever improve on the original? I will never watch this. Just like I never watched the travesty that was the remake of Total Recall. Get some new ideas Hollywood, immediately... More

Posted by baby_jane at 10:24 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

oh dear.......... More

Posted by shitneck at 09:55 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

NO.
Just NO. And also, in Hot Fuzz was it not Nick Frost who fired his gun in the air and screamed "ahhhhhh"? More

Posted by a_man_and_his_monkey at 09:46 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

No thanks...
I've too much love for the original. You know it'll be a middling 3-star "meh" end product anyways... More

Posted by partybee at 09:36 on 11 April 2013 | Report This Post

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