Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Who Asked For It?

Give Me A ‘Break’
Any movie fans out there remember “Point Break,” the action-packed, borderline silly flick about a gang of bank robbers/surfers, who are infiltrated by an FBI agent/ex-football quarterback? Did you see it being set up for a sequel at its conclusion? No? Well, me neither.

But leave it to Hollywood to come up with the bright idea to greenlight a sequel that nobody was asking for. Peter Iliff, who co-wrote the first film’s script, will write and direct “Point Break 2,” which will be set in Southeast Asia, according to Variety. No official casting has been announced, but don’t go expecting a Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze reunion for this. For one thing, Swayze’s character, Bodhi, was supposedly killed at the end of the first film. Of course, “Point Break” co-star Gary Busey could always use the work. Oh wait, I think he was killed in it too. Well, tough break.

Anyway, the pic should be hitting movie screens sometime in late 2008, a mere 17 years after the original. Sounds like a hit to me.

A Bite of Tyson
Well, you know it had to be coming eventually.
A documentary chronicling the sad but true life story of boxer Mike Tyson has been announced.

The film will involve lots of honest insight from Tyson himself, who has been interviewed at length by director James Toback. Whether it’s his rise to the top of the heavyweight boxing ranks to his stint in jail and eventual collapse of his marriage and career, it should be in the documentary. Tyson is even on board as one of the producers, although one would question if he really even has any money left to actually put any into the film.

All that’s left now is the eventual dramatization of his train wreck of a life on the big screen. As for the documentary, the film is expected to be finished in the fall, with a release date and distributor unannounced at this time.

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