One of the best bad movies of all-time is director John Woo's utterly implausible 1997 action extravaganza Face/Off starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. As many of you fellow Face/Off fans might know all too well by this point in time, the thriller is getting the remake/reboot treatment over at Paramount. And today we've learned from Woo himself that he will not be involved in the new film.
But it doesn't seem like John Woo - who was unaware of Paramount's plans to begin with - is over here sucking on sour grapes about the whole she-bang. Far from it. In fact, Woo says that he is "glad this new iteration is being made." Way to be a good sport about it all, Woo. Anyhow, Woo says he suggested Face/Off 2 a long time ago and Paramount passed so he'd already put the film in his rearview mirror.
The $80 million action film managed to snatch up a bombastic $245.7 million at the box-office back when it was first released so I hate to say but it makes more than a bit of sense the powers that be behind the scenes at Paramount would want to try and rekindle that kind of success. And probably with a female cast this time around. John Woo is remaking The Killer with a female lead. Though, Lupita Nyong'o has exited The Killer remake, so another actress is being sought. Perhaps if her schedule clears up, Nyong'o can take on one of the leads in this new Face/Off movie.
For those who haven't had the pleasure, John Woo's Face/Off centers on John Travolta's FBI agent character Sean Archer who is rightfully obsessed with bringing Nicolas Cage's terrorist Castor Troy down after the man killed his young son a few years back in a botched attempt on his own life. Anyhow, Travolta tracks Cage down, seemingly kills him with a jet engine - yeah, you read that right - and calls it a day.
But things aren't as easy as Travolta would have hoped as it turns out before his "death" Cage planted a bomb somewhere important (I can't quite remember) and Travolta has to - stick with me here because this is where it all gets super-silly - undergo a surgical procedure which replaces his face with Cage's. Sighs and just keeps typing. As you might imagine, it turns out Cage is not as dead as we all thought. He wakes up, over-acts, has his face switched with Travolta's, kills everyone who knows any different, and then goes about being a super-creep to Travolta's teenage daughter and having dove-heavy shoot-outs across California with Travolta. It's badass.
For those of you out there that might not know, Face/Off is not the only John Woo motion picture to have a reboot/re-imagining in the works. In fact, Woo's masterpiece of mortal combat The Killer is getting a remake via Universal. Woo is helping out behind the scenes of that one though so don't worry too much. But that said, the film did just lose 12 Years a Slave and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Lupita Nyong'o. So that sucks. This update comes to us from the iconic director who shared the news at the Hawaii International Film Festival with Deadline.