Face/Off Looks Set For A Reboot Face-Lift

Face/Off Looks Set For A Reboot Face-Lift

By James White Posted 6 days ago

Once upon a time (1997) there was an insane action film that starred John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, was directed by John Woo and featured all manner of face-swapping nonsense and “enhanced” acting. That film was Face/Off and now Paramount is thinking it needs a new look via the reboot route.

Oren Uziel is on to write the script, with Fast & Furious veteran producer Neal Moritz (no stranger to logic-defying concepts himself) shepherding this new take.

Travolta played FBI agent Sean Archer, who is obsessed with catching a homicidal sociopath named Castor Troy (Cage), who is responsible for killing the fed’s son. The agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and takes the mug of his nemesis so he can be sent to prison to find out a bomb’s whereabouts and stop an attack. The plan goes awry when the baddie wakes up and takes the face of the FBI agent. Soon, the new-faced Castor visits the agent with the villainous face and takes glee in taunting him, telling him that the face surgeons have been killed, that the good guy is stuck with the face he hates most, and that the villain is going home to bed his wife and take over his home life. Cue the usual Woo action madness (slow-mo doves included).

While we’re really not sure this needs another trip through the cinematic machine, can we at least hope for a Jason Statham role/cameo, if only because of this. At at least the news was released in plenty of time to chew it over on the Podcast this week.

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