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De Bont hits the surf

Seventeen years after "Point Break" washed up in movie theaters, it's surf's up for the sequel, "Point Break: Indo," with Jan de Bont on board to direct. RGM Entertainment and Essential Entertainment will executive produce the Asia-based follow-up to director Kathryn Bigelow's original, which starred de Bont's "Speed" lead Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent casing a gang of surfer bank robbers. The new film will take place 20 years later. The original and sequel were written by W. Peter Iliff. Plot details and possible character reprises have not been disclosed, but the film will shoot in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Bals rolls with 'Manero'

The Rotterdam Film Festival's Hubert Bals Fund for low-budget digital projects has put up final postproduction cash for Pablo Larrain's Directors' Fortnight title "Tony Manero." Larrain's feature film debut is the story of a fiftysomething John Travolta impersonator living under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. In its latest round, the Hubert Bals Fund provided about$590,000 in funding for 27 low-budget projects.

Fortissimo is 'Gigantic'

Fortissimo Films is again joining forces with Killer Films and beginning a new relationship with Epoch Films to bring to market "Gigantic," from first-time director Matt Aselton. The film, which is in production, stars Paul Dano as a man who wants to adopt a Chinese baby and Zooey Deschanel as the girl with whom he becomes involved. John Goodman also stars.
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