Paramount to Reboot John Woo ’90s Action Hit ‘Face/Off’

Carla Harmon
September 10, 2019

It's also really, really dumb.

For my money, John Woo's classic 1997 action-thriller Face/Off is one of the most entertaining movies ever made, so it comes as no surprise that Paramount is developing a remake that will feature a new cast rather than original stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.

The weirdly sexual drawling speeches about peaches, the slow-motion doves, the balletic action, the utter lunatic thrill of Travolta/Cage playing Cage/Travolta while pretending to be Travolta/Cage.


The new Face/Off film will be a standard reboot in that new actors will fill the roles of Sean Archer and Caster Troy.

Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious) will produce and the original Face-Off movie producer David Permut will serve as executive producer.

Released in 1997, the original film followed John Travolta as Sean Archer and Nicolas Cage's Castor Troy, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and criminal locked in a heated rivalry resulting in the pair literally swapping faces, with Travolta and Cage playing the parts of both characters technically.


Released to strong reviews, "Face/Off" was a success at the box office with $245 million grossed worldwide, or approximately $391 million in 2019 dollars. Woo, Travolta, and Cage were all pitch-perfect choices for the first film, and they leave seemingly unfillable shoes here.

22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel is on board to pen the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.


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