The Swayzessance continues! The Red Dawn reboot is in the can and waiting for release, there's a musical version of Ghost set to hit Broadway next year, and plans have been announced for a remake of Dirty Dancing. In the most recent bit of Swayzenews, a reboot of the classic surfing/bank robbing/Keanuing action flick Point Break has been greenlit.
Alcon Entertainment, best known for the dubious honors of releasing The Blind Side and also prepping a spin-off of Blade Runner, has announced plans to fast-track a remake of Point Break through Warner Bros.
Kurt Wimmer, best known for the actually pretty cool Equilibrium, the positively atrocious Ultraviolet, and more recent in-between efforts like Salt and Law Abiding Citizen, has written a screenplay that, like the first, involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a group of extreme sports fanatics who may or may not also rob banks. Holy crap, Kurt, this reboot stuff is easy, isn't it?
Obviously, Kathryn Bigelow's pre-Hurt Locker highlight has become the kind of awesomely cultish cheesefest shown repeatedly on late-night cable and embraced by a whole generation that eagerly embraced the bro-rivalry between Johnny Utah and Bodhi. Also, Gary Busey.
Producer Michael DeLuca came out with the obligatory studio hype/standard boilerplate jargon:
"Point Break wasn't just a film. It was a Zen meditation on testosterone action and manhood in the late twentieth century, and we hope to create the same for the young twenty-first!"
Guh. Nothing like tasteless hyperbole from a studio suit. Well, whatever. No director has been announced yet, but I eagerly await new developments. Little hand says it's time to rock and roll.