Point Break remake moves forward
What happened to the Point Break sequel which was to be directed by Jan de Bont? Well Point Break: Indo seems to have passed by quietly as news is the next Point Break we see will be a remake, not a sequel. Hardly surprising considering Patrick Swayze wouldn't be making a return, although that hasn't really stopped Hollywood before.
The original Point Break saw Keanu Reeves playing an FBI agent who infiltrates a group of surfers suspected of being bank robbers, and the leader of the gang was surfing dude Patrick Swayze. Now things are set to change.
The sequel talk was back in 2008 and had W. Peter Iliff, the writer of the original Point Break which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and the rumour was that the plot was going to go something like this:
When Billy Dalton, military special ops and star surfer, is disqualified from the pro-surfing tour, he takes off for the coast of Bali looking for the perfect wave. While there he's recruited by a private security force who are trying to find a gang known as The Bush Administration, surfing outlaws and modern day pirates who work like "The Ex-Presidents," a bank robbing crew from Malibu twenty years ago.
Well that never came to pass, and considering the sequel merits of Speed 2: Cruise Control and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, although that was still good fun action adventure, I'm glad it never happened.
Now we're hearing through The Hollywood Reporter that the idea has changed somewhat and we have a new writer for a sequel. Kurt Wimmer is writing the script that will see the idea transported, albeit not that far, to the world of extreme sports. So they won't just be surfing but they'll be doing all sorts of other extreme sports - snowboarding, base jumping, perhaps some downhill mountain biking, maybe even some ironing.
Well I think a remake is a better idea than a sequel, if they really have to return to the story, or is it? Could they have made a remake following Johnny Utah, Keanu Reeves's FBI agent, on the trail of the mystical Bodhi, Patrick Swayze's surfer but never really finding him and instead losing himself? Kind of an Apocalypse Now for surfing?! Oh dear I think I've gone right off the pitch board with that one!