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Alcon Entertainment Sets Up ‘Point Break’ Remake

Another day, another remake. Alcon Entertainment — home to ‘The Blind Side,’ ‘The Book of Eli,’ ‘The Wicker Man’ remake, and the upcoming new Ridley Scott ‘Blade Runner’ project — has announced it has acquired the rights to Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 buddy boy action pic ‘Point Break.’ Vaya con dios?

As you know from endless re-watching, the original ‘Point Blank’ stars Keanu Reeves as FBI agent Johnny Utah who infiltrates a gang of surfers believe to be the bank robbing “ex-presidents” (called that because they wear masks of ex-presidents); the leader of the gang is hot-blooded action freak Bodhi (played by a very buff Patrick Swayze), who forms a bond with Johnny.

According to the press release, the new version is set in the world of international extreme sports, and — like the original — involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring. Other plot points in the Kurt Wimmer (‘Salt,’ ‘Law Abiding Citizen,’ the upcoming ‘Total Recall’ remake) screenplay have not been revealed.

Warner Bros. — which will release ‘Point Break’ — is hoping to get the project in theaters quick, with the script going out to directors soon.

According to the producers: “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 … ‘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!’

[via Deadline]