Point Break getting the remake treatment

Bromantic actioner Point Break is the latest addition to the seemingly endless conveyor belt of Hollywood remakes, according to HitFix .

The 1991 movie is pretty much the pinnacle of buddy action flicks, deftly combining cops and robbers capers, extreme sports, and the ultimate yin and yang frenemies (the righteous pairing of Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze).

Kathryn Bigelow directed the original, but the remake doesn’t have a helmer just yet. That said, it already has a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer ( Salt , Ultraviolet ), and Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment seem keen to get things moving quickly.

Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the following statement: “Who doesn’t love the Kathryn Bigelow original and its pure heart-pounding action and thrills?

“Kurt’s take infuses the story and characters with new twists and settings. We’re very excited to be in business with Kurt, and Michael DeLuca, Chris Taylor, and John Baldecchi.”

Point Break saw Reeves’ FBI agent Johnny Utah try to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers by joining their surfing circle, only to find his loyalties conflicted when he strikes up a friendship with leader Bodhi (Swayze).

Given the above statement, it’s not yet clear quite how closely the remake will emulate the earlier model. Will the character names remain intact? Will they dare try to compete will the superb foot chases? Are there any young actors who can fill the Reeves/Swayze roles?

More on this as we get it.

Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.