China has approved a Dec. 3 release date for the “Point Break” remake — an unprecedented three weeks before its U.S. opening.
The date will mark the final opening of a U.S. film this year in China, following a Nov. 25 launch for “The Martian” and a Dec. 1 debut for “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” Chinese regulators currently allow 34 U.S. films to be released annually.
“Point Break” has a Chinese investor, DMG Entertainment. Alcon Entertainment began developing the project in 2011, when it acquired rights to the 1991 film property with plans to set the reboot in the world of extreme sports.
Warner Bros. has been promoting “Point Break” by highlighting extreme sports such as surfing massive waves — plus millions of stolen dollars tossed out of an airplane into a poor village.
Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze in the 1991 film, is portrayed by Edgar Ramirez in the remake as the thrill-seeking leader of a group of criminals. FBI agent Johnny Utah, Keanu Reeves’ role in the original, is played by Luke Bracey. Ericson Core directed from Kurt Wimmer’s script.
Warner Bros. is releasing the film in the U.K., Russia, Japan and Latin America. Lionsgate is handling the rest of the world for Alcon.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.