Well, it seems like Hollywood isn’t finished remaking classics. In yet another remake of a fan favourite, the classic Nicolas Cage and John Travolta movie, Face Off, is being remade. Paramount Pictures recently announced that they have retained one of the writers, Oren Uziel, from the Sonic The Hedgehog move to reboot the John Woo 1997 classic.
If you’re not familiar with Face/Off, the movie tells the tale of an FBI agent, Nicolas Cage, who undergoes a medical procedure to have his face switched with that of domestic terrorist, John Travolta. The movie raked in $245 million globally and showed Cage and Travolta at some of their best. It also clearly displayed Woo’s mad skills at choreographing action scenes.
Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz will be producing the reboot and will be joined by David Permut, who was the original producer of the first film and will serve as the reboot’s executive producer. Lest the reference to the Sonic The Hedgehog movie is off-putting for you, the reboot’s writer, Uziel, also worked on 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox and Freaks of Nature. He also wrote and directed Shimmer Lake, which stars Rainn Wilson and appeared on Netflix.
There’s not been any word on who will fill the shoes of Cage and Travolta. Truth be told, the magic of the first movie was found in the pairing of Cage and Travolta. The premise is passable, but without the right combination, the movie could suffer—unless Moritz and Uziel have some new twist or direction in mind. What is needed is a pair of actors that can successfully play each other, adopting the other actor’s characteristics and mannerisms. Sound confusing? It probably was for Cage and Travolta, but they pulled it off, and with great success. The question is whether that feat can be duplicated.