A few weeks ago, news broke that there are plans to revive the classic 90s John Woo action flick Face/Off. If you remember, the absurdly over-the-top movie featured John Travolta’s law enforcement office Sean Archer swapping literal faces with Nicolas Cage’s supercriminal Castor Troy. Hijinks, and overacting, ensued.
We learned that director Adam Wingard’s plans for the new movie don’t involve a reboot or a remake or an update, but instead an actual sequel. And now, according to an interview he gave with Showbiz CheatSheet, he says he wants the original characters to be a part of it.
“Some people just assume when I say that that it just means it takes place in the world of Face/Off,” Wingard told Showbiz Cheatsheet. “To me, Face/Off isn’t about a procedure or anything like that. It’s not about the world that the characters exist in. It’s about Sean Archer and it’s about Castor Troy. That’s what this movie is about. It’s the continuation of that story. It’s hard to talk about other than that but this is, to me, the definitive continuation of that saga.”
The director confirms that yes, he wants Travolta and Cage to reprise their roles. Provided they like the script.
While the idea of a sequel featuring these two legendarily hammy actors is certainly appealing – after all, Face/Off isn’t Face/Off without those two guys overacting their faces off – but are we really going to see them swap faces AGAIN? Also, how does Cage return as Castor Troy when he (spoiler alert) died in the original movie?
Those are silly questions, obviously. In a universe where people can just run around swapping faces and trading lives, all Willy-nilly, silly things like death and logic have little place. In fact, the more ridiculous the premise, the better this movie sounds.
I say bring it on, and bring on some new blood too! I know Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds had some interest…