Some ideas are so stupid they’re legendary.
That was definitely the case with 1997’s John Woo classic Face/Off, which is revered for being an over-the-top action spectacle and for being an absolutely batshit showcase for two ludicrous performances from Nicolas Cage and John Travolta.
The movie is horrible and fantastic and idiotic and exhilarating, from the fun way the two actors impersonate each other while being themselves to the absolutely bonkers central conceit of two people exchanging faces. It was so dumb it was great, and Travolta and Cage were so all-in (especially Cage, who may have actually thought it was a documentary), it seems impossible to top. But they’re going to try because they’re going back to the well for a sequel.
At first, when the news broke, it was assumed that it would be a remake (with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds?), perhaps because there somehow being a new reason for two people to LITERALLY SWAP FACES seemed impossible. But the director, Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong) confirmed on Instagram that it is actually a Face/Off 2, and he used the perfect image from the original say so.
“I would NEVER re-imagine or remake FACE/OFF,” Wingard wrote. “It’s a perfect action movie. Simon Barrett and I are writing a direct SEQUEL!”
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Now, of course, the big question is whether Cage and Travolta will return. (Yes I know that Cage’s Castor Troy died but this is a franchise in which two men swapped faces. Reality and logic left the building long ago.) Or perhaps they had kids and their kids will need to swap faces. Maybe they’ll swap faces WITH their kids, and then their kids will double-swap faces with each other? Maybe they meet up every year for a face-swap reunion and just run it back for a day so Cage can pretend to be a family man with the hots for his own daughter again.
Who knows. Who cares. Just throw in some doves flying around in slow-motion and take my money.