Face/Off 2 | Nicolas Cage, John Travolta might just be back for sequel

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Face/Off 2 has been on the cards for years – and now it looks as though Nicolas Cage and John Travolta might be back.

Face/Off remains as one of the most high-concept action movies of the 1990s – no small feat considering this was an era when the genre was stuffed to the gills with interesting and inventive movies trying to reframe explosions, fisticuffs and gunfights in new and unique ways.

The first film (in which Nicolas Cage starred opposite John Travolta) remains a stone-cold action classic to this day with its bizarre ‘face switching’ premise only furthering to distinguish it from the deluge of other brilliant haction movies from the same era.

Over the last three or four years, talk has circulated that a sequel to Face/Off is on the cards. John Woo wouldn’t be returning and the film would instead be helmed by Adam Wingard. Wingard’s latest action blockbuster, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire seems to be doing pretty well at the box office and he’s in demand right now. As well as this potential Face/Off sequel, he’s also working on a Thundercats movie, not to mention the possibility of a trilogy-closing Godzilla/Kong film.

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At the beginning of 2023, Cage had this to say about the returning Face/Off: “I think Face/Off is a sequel that lends itself to a lot of twists and turns and unpredictability. It’s almost like if you factor in the idea of offspring and Castor and Sean having children and these children grow up, then it becomes like three-dimensional chess, and then it’s not just the two, John Travolta and myself, it’s four of us ping-ponging and going at different levels, and it becomes even more complex. I think there’s a lot of fertile ground there. I had maybe one meeting in an office, but I haven’t heard anything since, so I don’t know.”

The idea of generation-hopping face-swapping is a fun one, and with Daniel Richtman now reporting (via Dark Horizons) that both stars have signed up, maybe this project will be next on Wingard’s to-do list. No further details were offered by Richtman regarding production or release details, but following years of talk, this project does seem to be edging closer to existence.

More updates on this project as we hear it.

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