The 1991 action-crime thriller Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, is currently in the midst of getting the remake treatment. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the original film followed FBI Agent Johnny Utah (Reeves), as he went undercover and formed a friendship with Bodhi (Swayze), the leader of a group of surfers that were suspected of robbing banks.
At the recent press day for Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Alcon Entertainment producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove gave on update on the status of the Point Break remake being directed by Ericson Core. The two men talked about how they’re already well underway with second unit photography, that they’re shooting a variety of extreme sports (of which surfing is only one subset) in 10 countries across the globe, that it’s the greatest footage they’ve ever gotten at Alcon, how the narrative of the remake is completely different from the original, that the only thing they’re carrying over is the bromance between Utah (now played by Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (now played by Gerard Butler), that they are considering using the former President’s masks as a throwback to the original, and that the film will be in 3D and IMAX, but converted later. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
A little over a month ago, we reported that Gerard Butler would be starring as Bodhi in Ericson Core’s Point Break remake, and now it looks as if Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will co-star as Johnny Utah. Previously played by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 original, Utah is a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of international extreme sports. As previously reported, Butler’s Bodhi – previously played by Patrick Swayze – is “an expert extreme sports athlete who also seeks to find nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals.” Production on the remake is set to begin early this summer. Hit the jump for all the details.
Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) is reportedly in final negotiations to star in the Point Break remake. We last reported on the new version of the 1991 bank-robbing surfers film (fun fact: directed by Kathryn Bigelow) when Ericson Core (Invincible) signed on to direct. Butler will be playing Bodhi, the role originally played by Patrick Swayze. Hit the jump for more.
Ericson Core has signed on to direct the remake of Point Break for Alcon Entertainment. Like the 1991 original, the remake follows a FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal ring, set in the world of international extreme sports.
Core got his start as a cinematographer on the likes of The Fast and the Furious before making his directorial debut with Invincible in 2006. Core will try to follow the career trajectory of Kathryn Bigelow, who launched from Point Break to Oscar win in just under 20 years. Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor, and Kurt Wimmer will produce the remake. Principal photography is set to begin at the end of the year. Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.
In its first weekend in wide release, Zero Dark Thirty easily captured first place with an estimated $24 million from 2,937 locations. With months of press coverage, great reviews and a Best Picture nomination behind it, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the CIA thriller won the frame. A bit more surprising is the position claimed by A Haunted House. The low-budget genre spoof overcame the higher-profile (and higher-budgeted) Gangster Squad for second place at this weekend’s box office.
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Hollywood is in the middle of a digital revolution. Over the past few years, the titans of the industry have switched to digital cameras, and it seems like the days of shooting on film are drawing to a close. Of course there will always be holdouts (Christopher Nolan), but as digital cameras get more and more advanced, you have to wonder how long it will be before everyone has converted. These are the main issues explored in Keanu Reeves and Chris Kenneally‘s great documentary Side by Side. The two filmmakers sat down with people like James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Stephen Soderbergh, and Andy and Lana Wachowski to talk about the evolving landscape of filmmaking. If you’re a film nerd, it’s a must see movie. For more on Side by Side, here’s some outtakes and a trailer.
Last week, I landed an exclusive interview with Keanu Reeves. Besides thanking him for getting the Wachowskis on camera, we talked about what surprised him about the digital revolution, how digital cameras and digital projection have advanced in the past few years, IMAX, whether it was tough to land the interviews, and so much more. In addition, with Reeves having directed his first feature, Man of Tai Chi, we talked about when people will see it, the film’s rating (PG-13), and why he used the ARRI Alexa. Finally, we also talked about 47 Ronin, how he’d like to direct a film called Life and Art, the status of Bill and Ted 3, and Point Break Live (which is a lot of fun). Hit the jump to watch or to read the transcript.
Anyone who is fed up with Hollywood remakes may want to avert their eyes on this one. We’ve just received a press release from Alcon Entertainment announcing that the studio is fast-tracking a remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action/thriller Point Break. Per the release, the remake will be released by Alcon’s home studio, Warner Bros., and they are planning on having Kurt Wimmer’s (Total Recall remake and Salt) screenplay out to directors in the very near future.
As remakes are known to do, the updated Point Break will follow heavily in the footsteps of its predecessor in that it will feature an FBI agent going undercover to investigate a criminal ring within the world of extreme sports. The original starred Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey. For a little more on the project, hit the jump for the full press release and a trailer from the original.
According to multiple sources, Patrick Swayze died this evening at the age of 57 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Patrick revealed his illness to his fans in March of 2008 and while some reports said he would be dead within a matter of weeks, Swayze not only continued to tell those reporters to go screw but work on a memoir with his wife Annett Wolf as well as doing 13 episodes of the A&E series “The Beast”, work he did without painkillers because he felt it would take the edge off his performance.
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