'Point Break 2' and other unnecessary sequels and remakes

Pointbreak_lIs today Superfluous Day? From the Dept. of Sequels and Remakes No One Asked For, we have trade reports today of follow-ups to Point Break (presumably, sans Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, pictured) and Fahrenheit 9/11 (this time, Michael Moore will offer a subtle, nuanced critique of the Bush presidency… heh, just kidding), as well as a remake of Bad Lieutenant that will star Nicolas Cage in the Harvey Keitel role. No word on whether Cage will duplicate Harvey Keitel’s notorious full-frontal scene in that movie, but all three of these projects sound like displays of things no one wanted to see. Still, in honor of another Keanu movie, let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment and ask: is there any way these films might actually be good? Any way they might actually explore areas that were sadly neglected in the original films? (And what might those areas have been?)

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  • Stephanie T.

    Nope. You pretty much said it all. It’s like what happened to Speed and Open Water in that the stories were pretty much finished, and there wasn’t a need for a sequel.

  • elise

    Nic, man, what the hell are you doing?

  • cimagato

    Fahrenheit 9/11 was a much better book than movie. Hollywood tries, but never seems to “get” Ray Bradbury, so I don’t have a lot of hope for a new version. And Point Break was a nice excuse to show off Reeves’ and Swayze’s younger selves. I barely remember the plot, only that the ending was stupidly disappointing, but, hey, if they want to throw away millions on that, then go ahead.

  • Heather

    No one asked for the Fantasic Four sequel. It was even worse than the first. If you root for the death of Jessica Alba, that’s a bad thing.

  • Bob

    yeah Fahrenheit 9/11 was awful. After seeing the movie, I checked out the book. NOTHING about Bush. At all.
    but Point Break was pretty awesome.

  • Rob Grizzly

    I’m sure there will be alot of buzz and excitement once everyone starts to see the trailers. You all complain about unecessary sequels, (National Treasure 2, Ocean’s 13, Resident Evil 3, Step Up: The streets) But then you rush to make them number 1 at the box office, basically handing over permission to make yet another one.

  • To cimagato

    PLEASE tell us you’re kidding about Fahrenheit 9/11. The Bradbury book is Fahrenheit 451, no relation to the Michael Moore movie about September 11.

  • Nix

    Please let cimagato and Bob be kidding. Please.
    OTOH, there’s always room for surf movies. at least within surf subculture.

  • Matthew Lingo

    Well, Herzog is directing the Bad Lieutenant sequel, so it actually has a decent chance of being worthwhile.

  • Matthew Lingo

    Well, Herzog is directing the Bad Lieutenant remake, so it actually has a decent chance of being worthwhile.

  • Sina

    Roadhouse 2. People thought we would really buy Christine Applegate’s ex as Dalton son?
    The Women. I know the movie hasn’t come out yet but I still think that remake will suck. I’m just basing that on the casting of Meg Ryan’s lips in that movie
    Superman. Sorry but the Superman movie SUCKED! Don’t mess with a good thing. People should have learned that from Superman 4.
    Notorious. Mission Impossible 2 was a sad remake of a great classic. Tom is no Carey Grant.
    A Kiss before Dying. Horrible remake. Sean Young is no Joanne Woodward and Matt Dillon was no Robert Wagner.
    Spiderman 3. SUCKED
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Did people really think Adam Sandler could be on par with Gary Cooper?

  • Rikard

    Weird remaking an american movie from 92. But Herzog is a great director an Nic Cage did a good job in Leaving Las vegas, this is the same kinda turf.
    And there can never be enough surf movies.

  • David Bishop

    Speed 2, rest of the world 0.

  • Bruce in NC

    90210 remake, PBII?, Bad Lieutenant remake? Can’t believe we are feeding on the 90s already.

  • Cara

    The king of Bad Remake Hill is still Gus Van Sant’s 1998 “Psycho”.
    Seriously, was there a murderous mob of fans somewhere screaming for this to be remade? Who, exactly, asked you to do that, Van Sant? Who funded it, for God’s sake?

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