Adam Wingard to give Paramount ‘Face / Off’ remake a facelift – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures chose You are next and Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard to direct his reinvention of Face / Off, the action thriller movie directed by John Woo in 1997 starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Wingard will write the screenplay with his screenwriting partner Simon Barrett and the studio will reboot the film, with a new cast. Neal Moritz will produce and David Permut will be executive producer.

Oren Uziel had been part of the equation when Paramount put together the remake last fall, but it is understood that Wingard and Barrett are starting from scratch. Despite a pretty absurd premise, the original film was a wild ride that went on to become the highest-grossing US film from its Hong Kong director John Woo with $ 246 million in worldwide ticket sales. It’s easy to imagine this taking shape as a two-hander with a couple of strong male or female stars. In the original, Travolta played FBI agent Sean Archer. He’s so obsessed with catching a homicidal sociopath named Castor Troy, who is responsible for the murder of the fed’s son, that the agent undergoes a face transplant and takes his nemesis’ cup so he can be sent to jail for find out where a bomb is and stop an attack. The plan goes awry when the villain wakes up and takes the face of the FBI agent. Soon the new face Castor visits the agent with the mean face and is delighted to taunt him, telling him the facial surgeons have been killed, the good guy is stuck staring in the mirror at the face he hate the most, and the bad guy come home to put his wife to bed and get on with her life at home. It degenerates into a series of choreographed action sequences. Mike Werb and Michael Colleary wrote the original.

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Barrett is replaced by Novo and Morris Yorn; The representative of CAA and Grandview Wingard, whose Godzilla vs. Kong for Warner Bros and Legendary is set to drop in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31.

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