Point Break remake gains director
It's surprising that Point Break is being remade but it is. The Kathryn Bigelow directed film starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves that tells the story of an FBI agent on the trail of a gang of bank robbers who are also adrenaline seeking surfers is seen as a cult classic. Still, they're remaking it.
Now there's a director behind the film and while he's more known as a cinematographer he does have the 2006 film Invincible under his belt, the well cast, biographical film of the Philadelphia Eagles player Vince Papale.
Ericson Core has also been a cinematographer on a number of films including Payback, The Fast and the Furious and Daredevil, and while it's interesting that he's directing the film it's not an appointment that makes you suddenly realise what direction the new Point Break will take.
I think that has been given by the news of who was writing it, something we heard about a while back, Kurt Wimmer. He has some strong writing credits including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Recruit, Street Kings, Law Abiding Citizen (Filmstalker review) and Salt (Filmstalker review). For me that's the most interesting part of the remake, so far anyway.
The story through The Hollywood Reporter also carries a little of the plot outline for Wimmer's script:
… is set in in the international world of extreme sports as opposed to the Southern California surf scene of the original. The element of an FBI agent infiltrating a crime ring remains the same.
We knew that the story was being expanded to extreme sports, not just the surfing, and I think that's a good thing as it will appeal to many more people and these days it makes more sense for their characters, they wouldn't just stick to surfing.
I'm hopeful, after all it's been a while since Point Break, and is it really as much of a cult classic as it is claimed?