Yahoo – Face/Off is officially getting a sequel! On Thursday, Deadline reported that a follow-up to the 1997 John Woo-directed thriller is in the works, with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard set to helm the feature.
John Travolta and Nicolas Cage starred in the original action film, which follows the story of two enemies who take on each other’s identities — and faces.
Wingard will write the script with his scripting partner Simon Barrett, while Neal Moritz will produce the film for Paramount. David Permut will also serve as executive producer. It currently remains unclear if Travolta, 66, and Cage, 57, will reprise their roles of FBI agent Sean Archer and terrorist Castor Troy, respectively, or if the parts will be recast.
I read this story the other day, but this is most definitely a Friday type blog. One of the most
critically personally acclaimed good-bad movies of all-time, Face/Off, is getting a sequel for some reason and I am ALL IN.
Face/Off is a 1997 John Woo directed completely over the top, preposterous, gloriously ridiculous action movie that does not get the respect it deserves. It is pure 90’s trash in the best possible way. It’s an unblinkingly serious guns blazing action movie that almost seems like a parody, but it has two of the biggest actors of our generation acting their asses off. Simply put, this movie is a RIDE.
The most underrated aspect of Face/Off though is John Travolta and Nicolas Cage both having to act like each other so you get a ton of Travolta going completely manic a la traditional Cage. And even better you then get Nic Cage pretending to be Travolta in Cage’s body, who in turn is pretending to be Cage so he’s not discovered as an imposter. It’s an absurd concept that falls apart pretty quickly when you think about it too hard.
So don’t think, just enjoy.
Thankfully the director clarified that this is in fact a direct sequel and not a remake of sorts like that abomination of a Point Break reboot from a few years back.
It would be a shame to not have Travolta and Cage both back for this, but it wouldn’t surprise me. However Cage has shown he has no qualms making ANYTHING if he’s getting paid and Travolta is coming off some bombs like the Gotti movie so maybe it’s the perfect storm.
On the other hand, this spin-off wouldn’t be a bad idea either.