100% pure recycled adrenaline: Point Break is getting a remake courtesy of Alcon Entertainment, which is on a roll lately after acquiring the rights to Blade Runner too. Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action dude-a-thon starred Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who went undercover with extreme sports enthusiasts who were also committing daring heists under a charismatic leader played by Patrick Swayze. The film is a well-remembered action spectacular, despite its ludicrousness.
Shortly after the story broke, apparently Twitter was all aflutter with protests. Hollywood Reporter collected the following, some which we suspect were meant to be taken ironically:
Justin Stangel, the head writer and executive producer of The Late Show with David Letterman wrote: "Warner Bros plans on remaking the 1991 action-thriller Point Break. Really? How do you recreate perfection?"
Brendan O'Brien wrote: "They are officially ruining Point Break"
Justin Simms wrote: "My good Lord, is nothing sacred…"
Russell Simmons (not the famous one) wrote: "Point break remake, DUDE's wtf! Hollywood need to get some balls & green light some of the stacks of original screen plays out there"
Us? We're a little more zen about this one. They already remade Point Break unofficially in 2001, after all, except they called it The Fast and The Furious, a film which starred Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner, an FBI agent who went undercover with extreme sports enthusiasts (car races this time) who were also committing daring heists under a charismatic leader played by Vin Diesel. Audiences flocked to it, it became one of the most successful new franchises of the 21st Century, no one batted an eye.
This new remake will be written by Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer, the latter of whom has written such excellent action screenplays as Salt and the (excellent) remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. So it might not suck.
CraveOnline will be back with more Point Break news after we catch this killer wave.