'Point Break' gets an extreme sports remake
September 13th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

'Point Break' gets an extreme sports remake

Hollywood’s got remake fever, and the only cure is more remakes!

Surf thriller “Point Break” will get a modern update by Alcon and Warner Bros., much to fans’ chagrin. According to Deadline.com, the new version will be set in the world of extreme sports.

Kurt Wimmer (“Salt,” the upcoming “Total Recall” remake) has written the script for the new “Point Break,” and like Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 original, this one involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a crime ring.

But, “Kurt’s take infuses the story and characters with new twists and settings,” says producer Michael DeLuca.

The extreme sports version will still be called “Point Break,” although that is a surfing term.

Let DeLuca ease you into this idea: “’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!” he said in a statement. So the specific sport terminology doesn’t really matter, even though it’s the title of the movie. Just go with it, people.

Many fans don’t think the magic of the original – which starred Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey – can (or should) be recreated. The announcement of the upcoming remake has sparked outrage on Twitter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What do you think, is an extreme sports “Point Break” remake a good idea?

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. OldNSmart

    Well, when everyone stops watching this crap, then Hollywood will have to start paying for GOOD writers (any writers?) that can actually come up with an original idea for TV and motion pictures. The original Point Break was great and didn't pretend to be anything other than what it was. It's time for Hollywood to grow up and stop funding its botox injections and fast cars on peewee movie projects. By the way, what moron came up with the idea to re-do Footloose???? The problem with modern day translations of older films based upon real events (Footloose) is that the message is lost upon an audience who is not old enough to know what it was all about. Just like Point Break, loosely based upon another case. Twenty somethings have no point of reference for either one. For the record, I like Keanu Reeves, he's versatile, and has enough guts to play some amazing gay and straight roles with talent and believability. His next project will be no less. I liked him in Point Break, as well as the whole cast. I loved Patrick Swayze, guess what? He played incredible bad guys, good guys, toughs, and a cross dresser. And you know what? Years from now, nobody will remember who was in the remakes being discussed, and they won't be purchased for home viewing. But we'll keep watching the originals at home over and over, and loving them.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MisterH

    If you saw the original "Point Break" during its initial theatrical run, then that means you are twenty years older now – and this (and most other remakes) are NOT made for you. The studios are trying to capitalize on the buying power of the teenagers and twenty-something’s out there who will gravitate toward the references to the internet, social networking, fast cars, big (fake) boobs, pants hangin’ off your butt and pop/rock/hip-hop/rap music that will undoubtedly be sprinkled throughout the film. Seems pointless to get angry about a (remake of a) movie when YOU are not its intended target//mh

    September 17, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. jazzie

    Do not remake Break Point you can never i mean never replace Patrick swayze he was one of a kind.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marsha

    Aren't those in Hollywood talented enough to come up with new & fresh ideas for movies? It's getting old & tiresome seeing re-makes. What made the originals fabulous in the first place was their ORIGINALITY! This generation of "creators","directors" & "Producers"...SUCK! And it's not only in theaters...look at TV. Hawaii Five 0-"new" this fall Charlie's Angels....I mean cmon!! Enough already!

    September 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      Hollywood doesn't have original ideas because they would have to pay decent writers for those. It's cheaper to hire hacks to plagiarize someone else's original idea. The revamped Hawaii 5-0 is boring aside from Scott Caan's great portrayal of Dano. I shudder to think what they're doing to Charlie's Angels, seeing as the original was crap.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leafonthewind

    Big wave surfing and skydiving weren't extreme enough? Kurt Wimmers should be taken ashamed of himself. I wonder how much this guy gets paid to rehash someone else's ideas? What a hack.

    Will the last person in Hollywood with an original idea please turn off the lights when you leave. Oh . . . sorry . . . no one in Hollywood has had an original idea in decades.

    September 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Victor


    September 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HeardMentally

    Does an extreme sports version of Bambi sound like a good idea?

    September 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Point Break was a classic I do not think they should do a remake. Just give it a new name and stay away from the old script. I have probably watched point break 100 times excellent film.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. conrad


    September 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HerdMentality

    Re-makes are easy for Hollywood because too many people are like cows – just follow in line because everyone else is in line. Point Break isn't a classic, but at least it was original. Don't be a cow – be original

    September 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Why212321

    They make a movie about a board game called battleship. Now this. Hollywood is valueless.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. queque


    September 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    It's official... HOLLYWOOD IS DEAD, and the corpse is rotting away, while the maggots are slivering through the bones! It's hard for me to believe this, but once upon a time, I used to love going to the movie. Not anymore!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LoopsFroot

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON'T DO IT!!!!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. butterfly888

    You know, I get that you're trying to subject our "new generation" of young adults to classic films and by recasting with today's hot young stars, you are probably seeing $ signs in your eyes. But it dosen't work that way for my generation of "older adults" who love the originals (and their stars) as they are. Why not just do a new showing in theatres like they did with ET and Gone With The Wind a few years back? Now THAT was a good idea. Will I watch the remakes? Only because it's like watching a train wreck. It's horrible but it's hard to look away.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  16. MATTI

    I've got it! Call it FIght Club instead!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. John


    September 14, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. Katie

    No. No. Nononononono no no NO no.

    There is no recapturing the magic of Johnny shooting his gun into the air after blowing out his knee; there's no writing that will replace the brilliant unraveling of Bodhi; no ending as emotional as Bodhi paddles to his death while Johnny walks away from everything.

    Just no. I wish the movie industry had the same policy as basketball. When something great comes along, you retire the number because nothing else will fill it as well. You want to make an extreme sports movie with an FBI slant? Fine, do your best. But DON'T call it Point Break.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  19. Bohdi


    September 14, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  20. Filmsnork

    Read my take on the remake, George Lucas tinkering with Star Wars...AGAIN and more on my blog: http://filmsnork.blogspot.com/2011/09/misdirected-uproar-over-point-break.html

    September 14, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  21. jaymo

    PLEASE stop the remakes!! Point Break is an awesome movie and you could not possibly make anything close to that. Just dont do it! They were going to remake Red Dawn too, but I havent heard anything on that lately. Just because a movie is great doesn't mean it needs to have a remake and that it too will be great.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyLKN

      hmm interesting idea needs a different twist make it funny, no one can do better than the bank heists in the original. maybe bustin in off shore banks, swiss banks etc european twist. Ashton Kutcher as the star. Have some footage of him winning surf contest during HS in Hawaii as a military brat. then getting busted for some wierd crime like mistaken for a stalker during film festival in in south france being a military brat gettin pushed into Nave CSI undercover.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      @JohnnyLKN, give that bong a rest, will ya?

      September 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. justin

    Agreed, this is Fast and the Furious. Won't see this remake, what a joke, just make it orginal and call it something else, leave Point Break alone!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  23. butterflirae

    Well considering that most of the remakes of any movie are crap, i should expect no less from this. It however disappoints the hell out of me that these writers and creators have to rip off someone else's story because they are either too lazy or too incompetant to actually come up with something enjoyable to watch on thier own. Now it is either frickin comic book movies or remakes of 80's movies either way there isnt crap to go to a movie theater for when i am even hesitant to spend a buck in a red box to rent the damn thing.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bob.

    No swayze = no good.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mrgrinch09

    I'm stunned that people are referring to Point Break as a "classic"

    September 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Frankie Sabath

    Imaging making a remake of "Gone with the Wind", "Casablanca", "The Outsiders", "ET". There are certain movies that because of their cast and the filming will be very hard to replace. How can you replace? "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Cleopatra", The Ten Commandments". There are certain movie that should remain untouched!

    September 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. CaliforniaBC

    If it's going to be different then rename it too.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Diggity Dave

    Only one thing to say:


    September 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Babak from LA

    As a surfer, nothing could replace the original for me ... But I would go see it just for the surfing ... It will be off the hook. I just hope they use real surfering and don't digitize it to death.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • butterflirae

      But here is the thing it isnt going to have surfing its gonna have "extreme sports" in it instead. It will probably be like Motocross or Snowboarding or some crazy crap like that. It wont be anything like the original they are just plugging the name in as a frickin reference to a good movie so people will come see crap.

      September 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Ok, did you even read the artical before leaving a post? This movie isn't even going to be about surfing.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  30. WaveCrusher73

    This is such BS, yeah the original was cheezy (thanks Keanu & Flea) but the reality of it is, is that this movie was one of the first surfing movies that brought surfing to the big screen and into the mainstream. I wasn't happy at the time because it brought crowds of unexperienced surfers to my quiet spot but I'm glad to see more and more people enjoying the sport. Yes Big Wednesday and Endless Summer were priceless but this was an actual movie with a script and surfing. GD it, some movies should just be left alone!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Gene Siskel

    My sources tell me that there is talk of a remake of Harry Potter, possibly as soon as 2012.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  32. portalschmuck

    Boycott all remakes and reality shows, court shows, and stupid talk shows.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • WaveCrusher73

      Man I would back a movement like that 120%!!! Haven't we all had enough of crap TV and movies??? Everything is the same but with different faces...

      September 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      I'm with you, 'schmuck. Remakes are boring because we already know how the story ends; court shows put far too much stupidity on public display; reality television is an oxymoron – those shows pay more writers than today's blockbuster movies.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. John Nemesh

    GOD ALMIGHTY! NO MORE! No more reboots, re-dos, or re-imaginings! Just write something original people! I REFUSE to watch any and all "reboots" from here on out...I encourage all of you to join me in this boycott! Maybe if we stop going...they will stop making them!

    September 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Roger Ebert

    My sources tell me that there is talk of a studio picking up a remake of the remake of Dukes of Hazzard!

    September 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. itsamemario

    this can do nothing but fail..hollywood is officially outta ideas..

    September 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Rogerr Ebert

    My sources tell me that one of the big studios in planning a remake of The Hangover.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Booo

    Wait, did they just plug another remake, Total Recall, in a story about another remake, Point Break? Seriously. Is anything not a remake? This is ridiculous. Will these remakes be in 3D also so the film companies can milk an extra and unnecessary $4 from folk? I'm proud to say I won't be watching either until they are either on TV or in the Redbox.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Caroline

    They cannot remake this one...Agent Utah..
    No way...remakes sucks...
    Don't they know this by now.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  39. asil525

    Vaya con Dios.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  40. evlqn

    I'm getting sick of all the remakes. If I want to see a good movie, I will watch the original and save $10.00 plus snack bar.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. L. Ron Hubbard

    Hollywood writers are like me. Nobody's seen me in person for years. This movie is a classic and should be left alone.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      No one has seen you in years because you're dead. Didn't you get the memo?

      September 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  42. jurby

    enough of the dam* remakes!!!!! seems like Hollywood writers have lost every ounce of their creativity the last few years as it seem like every popular 'old' show and 'old' movie is being remade. cmon Hollywood, stop rehashing things that have already been and get off your collective asses and do your jobs and do what you're paid for – write – instead of being lazy and getting paid for doing nothing!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marley

      I totally agree and couldn't have said it better myself......this younger generation has close to zero creativity...leave "our" generations movies alone. You can't remake classics!!!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Werner Herzog

      As long as customers pay to see crappy remakes Hollywood will continue to make them, at this day in age when it comes to a film being produced by the Studio System more than ever it's all about the Benjamins and the lack of financial risk. So where does the blame fall, on the willing to watch anything audience clientele or Hollywood? Seems like both...

      September 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bleukai

      Where is the originality? Why is Hollywood so intent on these re-boots that they are falling behind in original concepts! The 21st Century version of Hollywood writers will be remembered as plagiarists! No wonder the youth of today have no sense of ethics, their are very few working writers who go unnoticed who should be recognized for their original works. Not these remakes.

      September 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANGEL

      Thank you for saying that, now i know im not alone.. Even if the writers didnt have any creativity at all, they could have picked up a book. I have read over 100 books in the past couple of years and more than half could have been made into movies!!! The writers should only be paid minimum wage because If alll you have to do is copy another persons work then anyone who went to grammar school could be a writer!!!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • DBM

      Well if there aren't going to be any more remakes, then Hollywood will just pop up some more sequels and sub-par superhero movies. Or even re-hashed romantic comedies/teen flicks with different settings, but the same story line and conclusions.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Out In Oregon

      I agree. For some reason Hollywood has gotten more and more lazy and can't make a movie that isn't a 'remake'. Originality is a thing of the past, sadly. 🙁

      September 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leafonthewind

      Paying for original writing is the very problem, isn't it? Hollywood prefers paying hacks like Wimmer to plagiarize someone else's work. They wouldn't keep doing remakes and sequels if we, the movie-going public, would stop buying tickets.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Rose

    one of my fave movies....def should not be remade! that was a classic....cannot replace keanu or patrick in that!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Kukla Fran and Ollie

    Wasnt Keanu gay enough the first time?

    September 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  45. CantHandleACageMan

    It'll never have Swayze's swagger, Busy, or Reeves. It will not be good 🙁

    September 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jodie

    Didnt they already remake this film with The Fast & Furious????

    September 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  47. tracie

    firsty for doo doo!!

    September 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonia

      They need to just leave certain movies alone. This, a remake of the orgininal dirty dancing? Leave it alone. THose are wonderful movies, great memories. What? You going to put Jennifer Grey back in Dirty Dancing even though, she doesn't look anything like she did. That movie made her & she ruined it with plastic surgery!

      September 14, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |

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