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There are honestly days here at Spill HQ when we seriously consider changing "Movie News" to a more appropriate "What's Getting Remade Today?". Case in point: repeat offender Alcon Entertainment has purchased the rights to the 1991 Patrick Swayze / Keanu Reeves surfer crime film 'Point Break'. Directed by 'The Hurt Locker' helmer Kathryn Bigelow, the original film centered around woefully named Johnny Utah (Reeves) - an FBI agent who infiltrates a cadre of surfers led by the charismatic Bhodi (Swayze) who spend their time off the waves robbing banks in rubber president masks.
Written by 'Salt' screenwriter Kurt Wimmer, the new film will again center around an FBI agent who must infiltrate an international crime ring, only now - instead of surfers - the offenders are instead participants in an international "extreme sports" competition. You know... because if you want to make it modern and fresh, why not use the X Games? They still have those, right? Or hey, why not just go for broke and just hire Vin Diesel for the main role? Oh wait, I seem to remember he already made that movie...
Alcon Entertainment - the company behind the upcoming 'Blade Runner' and 'Hong Kong Phooey' revamps - has fast-tracked the production and penned a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to distribute. While the original exists in it's own little bubble of time where Patrick Swayze was a leading man, Keanu Reeves was a cheeky up-and-comer, and Gary Busey still had a career, it's far from a perfect movie and may actually benefit from a little bit of polish. The film is expected to be pitched to directors immediately, but there's no word as to whom the studio is pursuing.