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Ericson Core to direct 'Point Break' remake

Wait, they're remaking 'Point Break?'

By Corwin Neuse Apr 10, 2013 9:05PM
Before you angrily ask how and why anyone would dare remake "Point Break," the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Keanu Reeves classic co-starring the late Patrick Swayze, consider this: according to Deadline, Alcon Entertainment—the production company evidently behind this future travesty—has hired "Invincible" director Ericson Core to direct the forthcoming film... So... With that in mind, why would anyone remake "Point Break?"

The remake—should it ultimately happen, if it's production isn't banned by Executive Order or Papal Decree in the meantime—will be based upon a script by Kurt Wimmer ("Salt," "Law Abiding Citizen"). The premise will remain the same: set amidst the world of "extreme sports," an FBI agent will go undercover to infiltrate a gang of violent criminals. Sounds stupid, we know, but if you haven't seen the original... Just turn to any channel on basic cable right now, there's a 50% chance it'll be on. You won't be disappointed. Truly, it's the "Citizen Kane" of, um, early 90's Keanu Reeves action movies. 

What do you think, Hitlisters? Outraged that anyone would dare besmirch the memory of the late Swayze by perpetrating this disaster? Intrigued as to how they could possibly replicate the unforgettable bromance between him and Keanu Reeves? Wondering what Kathryn Bigelow thinks of all this? As always, let us know in the comments, or on MSN Movies Facebook and MSN Movies Twitter.
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Apr 12, 2013 8:44AM
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If you can't think of new movies to make, don't make any at all.  The only exception I would make to that rule is if someone made a hideously bad movie based off a good book and you wanted to do it right.  Other than that, come up with something original.  If we want to watch Point Break, we'll watch Point Break.
Apr 12, 2013 8:45AM
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Never, ever, ever ruin a perfectly good (great) movie by remaking it. And if you do, at least wait more than half a generation. I'm only 34 years old & I'm seeing nearly every beloved movie of my childhood & adolescence being remade (most terribly) & I'm sick of it. Unfortunately, this is nothing new in Hollywood. There are many "classics" from the '40's & '50's that are actually remakes. One would not think that filmmaking had been around long enough then to start recycling films, but apparently, originality, or lack thereof, has always plagued the industry. But back then, they were much better at pulling off a good remake & many were of them were actually palatable, & in a very few cases, even better than the original. But this just makes me sick to my stomach. Fed up!
Apr 12, 2013 8:35AM
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I know about some of the films Paramount has in it's "to be made" file, and it is beyond frustrating that with this massive amount of original material, they continue to make and re-make old stuff. As an example, there is a book called "The Alienist" if you have never heard of it, you should read it, it is amazing. Paramount (at last glance) had the film rights to this amazing story, yet it is not even on the drawing board yet. What are they thinking? make new stuff, forget re-makes. Oh and when you make a film based on a book, follow the book, it's what the public wants to see, not "your" version o the book.

 

Apr 12, 2013 8:47AM
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I am an F. B. I. Agent!  


(Shaking my head sadly at the news of yet another unnecessary movie re-make...)
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Why do movie studios have to remake EVERY classic original film out there!!!??? Dont they have any brilliant minds out there who can dream up any original material!!!??? I have never been a fan of remakes and I have never seen one that was on par with the original. The movie studio executives are simply catering to the younger breed of movie goer who knows nothing of these two fine actors because they were not even born when they did this film. Would you remake Citizen Kane...NO!!! Would you remake Gone With the Wind...NO!!! Would you remake Casablanca...NO!!! Stop doing this to these great classic films!!!
Apr 12, 2013 9:16AM
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Point Break is actually kind of special to me.  It reminds of me of my 15 and 16-year-old years (I am now 39) and really is the only movie that sticks out to me from that time.  This was a time when I didn't sit and critique movies and I wasn't hoping to see Oscar-Worthy performances.  All I wanted was to have a good time and see some action.  I thought Keanu Reeves was so good.  I looked up to Patrick Swayze.  I wanted to be these guys. I couldn't surf, but I would take the boogie board out at night and think of them as I rode the waves off the Rhode Island coastline.  I would repeat to myself, "some shoot for it, some snort for it, but all you got to do is jump...and your  are like this big...or, he's not coming back."  Juvenile yes; but I was a juvenile and Point Break was just awesome to me.  I was young, dumb, and full of curiosity! 

 

Frankly, I really don't care if they make a re-make.  It will not effect my memories of that great time in my life.  My guess is if I was 39 when Point Break came out it would certainly not have the same effect on me.  Usually when you show a kid today a movie from 20 years ago they have very little interest.  I know I didn't care about the movies from before my time (now I do).  Perhaps the new Point Break will bring something different and fresh to the 16-year-olds of today; give them their own Pont Break moment.  I don't see it as a sacrilege, but perhaps more of a tribute.  It is a fun story - and good stories get told over and over again.  They have for hundreds of years....so bring it on I say...."two, thank you, Utah - get me 2!"

Apr 12, 2013 8:55AM
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If they are going to insist upon remaking movies, at least remake the ones that could use an improvement. Point break is not one of those! And at least change the name a bit. For example, Karate Kid(1984) and Karate Kid(2010). Again what was wrong with the original?!
Apr 12, 2013 9:06AM
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well they totally nailed Red Dawn, and although not Swayze they did that great revival of Footloose - Said no one ever because these are all crap remakes.
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You pieces of ****! How dare you be so disrespectful to Mr. Swayze's memory and all that he gave as an actor, dancer, performer, human being.  You can't come up with new ideas because you are so lazy and uncreative that you have to be a bunch of lame asses and remake this one!!!!  You should be ashamed of yourselves! 
Apr 12, 2013 9:01AM
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They've already remade once, they called it "The Fast and The Furious".  Just replace surfing with street racing and you have the same movie.

Apr 12, 2013 8:46AM
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This is story laziness. With all the great ideas and stories out there, they just want to keep rehashing the same old thing, usually with horrible results, ie "Psycho". Although I must admit the prequel "Bates Motel" on A & E is far better then the remake or the sequels of the original. But please, some originality!
Apr 12, 2013 9:18AM
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I agree with all that have posted here already. Not only was the "original" Point Break great but how do you top its "originality? Honestly, I could be a studio executive. How do these guys retain their employment? They are worse than the Congress we have. Absolutely nothing comes across as an original idea. Seems like they tie their success to others that preceded them. And it isn't only the movie studios, ot also happens with television. What is with vampires anyway. NBC had a show called Southland and they canceled it because it was too intense. TNT picked it up and I applaud them. That is the most original police drama on TV. Instead NBC replaces it with more 'reality shows".

I am also surprized that they have not re-made MASH. Or Happy Days. or Gunsmoke. Or how about ..............

Apr 12, 2013 8:51AM
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as long as people are willing to pay for remakes they will continue to do them
Apr 12, 2013 9:10AM
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Plenty new good stuff out there. Lets leave Point break alone...let my grandkids remake it if they want, since I don't have any yet that should be plenty of time.
Apr 12, 2013 9:08AM
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Planet of the Apes remake, Arthur remake, Red Dawn remake. Need I go on!!
Apr 12, 2013 9:16AM
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Why do they need a remake when Fast & Furious has done the exact same plot for 6 movies, going on seven?  Every single Fast & Furious is a sequel to Point Break.
Apr 12, 2013 8:58AM
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Wow just stupid, with all the good movies out there to remake you pick point break?  I need a job fire the idiot who thought this was a good idea and call me.
Apr 12, 2013 9:06AM
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Hollywood laments that there is nothing new in TV and Movies. Remaking a film proves that Hollywood doesn't want anything new. If a show is a hit, expect a deluge of more shows of that type. (Remember TV of the 1960s? Westerns came out of the woodwork and folks ate 'em up with a spoon! There have been many movies in the style of "Freaky Friday" and "GroundHog Day", just to name a few. I'm with choo choo choo. Give us new stuff and stick close to the bookm, ebven if there isn't room for a sequel.
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