Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures is attempting to reboot John Woo’s bonkers 1997 action flick Face/Off, which starred Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in one of the weirder movies of the late 90s.
They’ve hired Oren Uziel to pen the script, who is the screenwriter of 22 Jump Street, The Cloverfield Paradox, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Waner Bros’ new Supergirl movie.
Paramount Pictures is giving a facelift to Face/Off, the 1997 John Woo-directed action thriller that starred John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. The studio will reboot the film, with new cast. Oren Uziel has been set to write the script, and Neal Moritz will produce and David Permut will be executive producer.
My biggest concern about the project is mainly producer Neal Moritz, who was behind forgettable R-rated to PG-13 action reboots like RoboCop and Total Recall. He was also planning on remaking a third Paul Verhoeven film with Starship Troopers, which would also get the PG-13 treatment.
Neal has a tendency to waterdown edgey action films to be more palatable for younger audiences, which leads to them simply become more generic in the process as they alienate the fans of the original movies.
It’ll likely come down to what director and cast they assemble, but on paper, it doesn’t look terribly promising.
Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy’s brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer’s face.