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Director Says New Face/Off Film Is A Sequel Not A Remake

Tom Wood

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Director Says New Face/Off Film Is A Sequel Not A Remake

The director of the new Face/Off movie that's currently in the works has said he's not on board for a remake, and instead the film is a sequel following on from the original 1997 action caper.


The original Face/Off film starred Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, and was directed by John Woo.

It followed the story of an FBI agent - Travolta - consumed by the desire to avenge the death of his son by a terrorist, played - of course - by Cage.

In order to create the perfect disguise, Travolta's character undergoes some fairly radical - and utterly ludicrous - facial cosmetic surgery to appear exactly like Cage's character.

However, after his nemesis awakens from a coma, he takes the face left behind by the FBI agent, and chaos ensues.

Credit: Paramount Pictures
Credit: Paramount Pictures

It's completely ridiculous, but certainly compelling and worth a watch.

Anyway, the new director - who has directed films like Godzilla vs King Kong and written a whole load more - said that they'd never try to remake the original, and instead are trying to continue the story.

Over on his Instagram, Wingard shared a fantastic picture of Nicolas Cage's face and wrote: "I would NEVER re-imagine or remake FACE/OFF. It's a perfect action movie.

"Simon Barrett and I are writing a direct SEQUEL!"

The aforementioned Simon Barrett, who is co-writing, added: "Adam clarifying things a bit on Instagram...

"Face-Off is a miraculous film, we would never attempt to directly recreate its magic, but we are very excited about what we have planned."

Unfortunately, the latest reports from Deadline suggest that the film might be recast, meaning that Travolta and Cage are unlikely to return.

Credit: Paramount Pictures
Credit: Paramount Pictures

However, that might not be such a bad thing, The original was in 1997, so will be a quarter of a century old at least by the time we see the new film.

Would Cage and Travolta have the same energy 25 years later? They might, but it also might be a safer bet to attach some younger and equally wild actors to the project.

We know very little about what will happen in the film, as it's such early days, but hopefully they'll keep all of the madcap magic from the originals, even if they can't bring the two main stars back.

Either way, it'll be a laugh. We'll just have to wait and see what they come up with.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, US Entertainment

Tom Wood
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