Keanu Reeves rules out Point Break remake and questions its validity
Story by Jack Foley
KEANU Reeves has firmly ruled himself out of the forthcoming remake of Point Break and even gone so far as to question its validity.
Speaking to BBC 5 live while promoting his latest film, 47 Ronin, the actor was asked whether he would consider even making a cameo appearance in the film, but replied: “Absolutely not. It’s not my place.”
He even went on to question whether it’s actually a good thing to remake it, while also acknowledging that if a suitably different storyline could be found then “God Bless them”.
Point Break, which also starred Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey, followed an undercover FBI agent (played by Reeves) as he infiltrated a surfing gang he suspected of carrying out a series of bank robberies. The film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, features scenes of adrenalin-rush skydiving and surfing as well as a genre-defining foot chase.
The remake will, according to its producer Andrew Kosove, will contain “elements of the original” but added that “it’s not just surfing, it’s other kinds of extreme sports”. However, surfing would be prominent.
Reeves admitted in the interview that the remake “sounds very exciting” but he added: “Is it a good thing? I don’t know.
“If they can find a way to do it that works out good, then God bless them.”
The actor, who turns 50 next year, went on to suggest that some films shouldn’t be remake and perhaps even needed a “no remake clause”, citing The Wizard of Oz and Apocalypse Now as examples of films that needed to be left alone.
No cast has yet been announced for the remake but a script has been written by Kurt Wimmer, who also penned the Angelina Jolie thriller Salt.
Ericson Core, a cinematographer on the Fast & Furious series, will direct.
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