Update: According a post from Adam Wingard on Instagram, this will not be a remake but rather a direct sequel. Now we’re talking.
John Woo’s 1997 action thriller Face/Off was a pretty big hit back in the day but it has also gone on to achieve cult status, thanks in no small part to the ridiculous premise and heightened performances from both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. When Paramount announced a couple of years ago that they were working on a reboot, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of excitement in the air. How could they hope to compete with the original? Now this week, however, we have learned that an interesting director has boarded the project who just might be able to find a fresh take. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong) will direct a Face/Off remake for Paramount Pictures. He will also reportedly co-write the screenplay with his long-time collaborator Simon Barrett. A previous draft of the script was written by Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox, 22 Jump Street) although it is unclear how much of that version will be retained.
Wingard and Barrett have previously worked together on such movies as The Guest, You’re Next and Blair Witch and have a strong understanding of both the horror and action genres. If anyone can find a way to up the ante from the original Face/Off, I have to think these guys would be among them. They are also developing a remake of Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil, which in some ways is a similar cat-and-mouse style thriller. Do you have any interest in seeing a new version of Face/Off?