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Cult Favorite 'Point Break' Gets a Remake, Fans Protest

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
September 13, 2011|6:40 pm

Warners Bros. has announced plans to remake the action thriller "Point Break," to the displeasure of fans of the 1991 original starring Keanu Reeves, as Johnny Utah, alongside the late Patrick Swayze, who played Bodhi.

Utah, an undercover FBI agent, aims to catch a group of bank robbers led by Bodhi, and ends up developing a complicated relationship with the charismatic leader.

The title, "Point Break," refers to the surfing term for waves hitting land that juts from the coastline.

The James Cameron-produced film was a box office success and accumulated a worldwide cult following. News of the remake created a deluge on Twitter, with users opposed to the decision.

The head writer and executive producer of the Late Show with David Letterman wrote on Twitter, "Warner Bros plans on remaking the 1991 action-thriller Point Break. Really? How do you recreate perfection?"

"Point Break to be a remake? Puh-lease! How lacking in originality is Hollywood? I’m waiting to see Speedy Alka Seltzer ads rehashed now," wrote Twitter user Debbie.

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Megan wrote, "A Point Break remake? How can this be. It's one of the best worst films ever. Plus, leave the Swayze films alone."

In response to the remake, Twitter user Taryn simply wrote, "Noooooooooo!"

Alcon Entertainment, a production and finance company based at Warner Bros., made the remake announcement late Monday night.

In the news release, Alcon said, "'Point Break' is set in the world of international extreme sports, and like the original involved an undercover F.B.I. agent infiltrating a criminal ring, but plot points beyond that have not yet been revealed by the filmmakers."

Kurt Wimmer, who wrote the remade script of "Total Recall," will write the screenplay for "Point Break," the New York Times reports.

Alcon Entertainment is also producing a new "Blade Runner," said be a sequel or prequel to the original Ridley Scott movie.

Hollywood remakes are becoming more common, as more modern versions of "Footloose" and "Dirty Dancing" are currently being filmed.

 

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