A Face/Off Remake Is Now In The Works

The 1997 action film Face/Off is being remade. (Photo: Paramount)

Next up on the remake train? The 1997 John Woo action hit Face/Off.

Deadline reports that Oren Uziel, writer of The Cloverfield Paradox and the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog, will pen the screenplay, with Neal H. Moritz, best known for the Fast and Furious franchise, producing at Paramount.

Of course, the original film starred John Travolta and Nicolas Cage as a cop and villain, respectively, who have their faces surgically reversed. The result was a big-budget Hollywood film where John Travolta plays Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cages plays John Travolta. Add to that the action chops of director John Woo and Face/Off grossed almost $US250 million ($364 million) worldwide achieving blockbuster, and cult, status. Now, 22 years later, the idea of those two playing each other sounds like a direct-to-streaming midnighter. But in 1997 it worked oh so well and still does.

We get the idea of remaking a film with some name recognition and a solid premise, but Face/Off isn’t good because of its name or premise. It’s good because of the actors and director. Now, are there two actors out there with enough wild energy and charisma to make this premise fly again, and a director with the talent to harness that? Absolutely. We just don’t know who that would be.


Comments

    You can't remake Face/Off. It's a cinematic masterpiece!

    It would be like doing a remake of Ghostbusters or Point Break ... oh, that's right. I just made myself sad.

    The writer and producer don't exactly fill me with confidence. But hey, I'm open to it if they find the right actor and director and the script doesn't suck.

    Chance of that happening though, almost nadda.

    That sound? That's the sound of a very empty barrel being scraped, hard. Hollywood is eating itself.

    I'm ready... ready for the big time baby!

    But seriously though screw this remake & Travolta's latest film The Fanatic looks absolutely glorious.

    If they can lure John Woo back from Hong Kong, I might take a look.

      Although I'm not sure I really want to see Woo getting stuck making bad Hollywood movies again.

    Hmmm Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Fassbender for the leads?

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