‘Point Break’ Remake Hangs Ten With Director Ericson Core

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

It looks like Bodhi and the Ex-Presidents are back in action after all.

Alcon Entertainment has announced that Ericson Core has been signed to direct a remake of "Point Break," the 1991 action picture that starred Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent going undercover to bust a band of bank-robbing surfers led by Patrick Swayze. Alcon first announced that a "Point Break" reboot was in the works in the fall of 2011, but with Core on board as director, it looks like the project has finally gotten out of neutral.

Core has some solid action credentials; he was the cinematographer for "The Fast and the Furious," "Daredevil," and "Payback." And as for the bro-bonding moments in the story, Core would seem to have that covered, having directed "Invincible," the 2006 film in which Mark Wahlberg plays a 30-year-old bartender who makes the Philadelphia Eagles in an open tryout.

Core does have big shoes to fill, though. The original "Point Break" was an early directorial credit for Kathryn Bigelow, who more recently made "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Kurt Wimmer will be writing the screenplay, and he already has experience rebooting a well-remembered early-'90s vehicle, having scripted last year's remake of "Total Recall." His other credits include "Salt," "Law Abiding Citizen," and "Ultraviolet." Wimmer will also co-produce along with Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor, Broderick Johnson, and Andrew Kosove.

Details on the new "Point Break" are sketchy at this point; while it will still involve a straight-shooting FBI agent hanging with some cool crooks, Alcon's press release says the story will take place "in the world of international extreme sports," which could mean surfing or any number of other things.

But producer Michael DeLuca seems determined to come up with a reboot that stands proudly alongside the original. As he said when the project was announced in 2011, "'Point Break' wasn’t just a film, it was a Zen meditation on testosterone fueled action and manhood in the late 20th century and we hope to create the same for the young 21st!"

No word yet on casting. Note to the producers: Gary Busey is still available to eat meatball subs in the remake. Think about it.