FACE/OFF: Paramount Looking to Reboot John Woo’s Classic Action Film that Starred Travolta and Cage

Deadline is bringing th word that Paramount Pictures is in the process of developing a reboot of director John Woo’s action-thriller Face/Off which starred John Tavolta and Nicolas Cage. The studio will, of course, select a new cast for the film which is being written by Oren Uziel with Neal Moritz serving as producer and David Permut as executive producer.

Pre Deadline: Given a fairly preposterous-sounding premise, the original film was a wild ride. Travolta played FBI agent Sean Archer, who is obsessed with catching a homicidal sociopath named Castor Troy, who is responsible for killing the fed’s son. The agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and takes the mug of his nemesis so he can be sent to prison to find out a bomb’s whereabouts and stop an attack. The plan goes awry when the bad guy wakes up and takes the face of the FBI agent. Soon, the new-faced Castor visits the agent with the villainous face and takes glee in taunting him, telling him that the face surgeons have been killed, that the good guy is stuck with the face he hates most, and that the villain is going home to bed his wife and take over his home life. It escalates into a series of choreographed action sequences, and by the time it was over, the film became Woo’s biggest his with a $245 million global gross. Mike Werb and Michael Colleary wrote the original.

A director has not been named as well but we expect some more details to drop in the future. Uziel is best known for 22 Jumpstreet and The Cloverfield Paradox.

I’m sure many out there will be vocal as reboots and remakes are considered taboo nowadays but that doesn’t stop the studios from making more money off of older properties. It will be interesting to say the least to see who they get to both star in and helm the reboot but as always, keep it locked and loaded right here!

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