Nicolas Cage has shared story details of a pitch he heard for the action sequel Face/Off 2, though the film has made no further progress.
Nicolas Cage has shared details about the storyline for the Face Changer sequel, should the movie get underway. Released in 1997, the original Face Changing is an action film from iconic Hong Kong director John Woo, starring Cage and John Travolta. The movie's bizarre plot follows Travolta's FBI agent Sean Archer who goes undercover using advanced technology to switch faces, playing Cage's terrorist Castor Troy. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming the eighth highest-grossing film domestically that year, and was eventually nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
Collider shares an interview with Cage, who caused a stir as Dracula in the Renfield trailer. During their conversation, he discussed the Face/Off 2 pitch he had heard at a conference, but had no follow-through. He described the film's plot as including the children of Archer and Troy, allowing the film to indulge in more face-swapping antics involving "the four of us playing ping-pong on different levels." Read his full quote below:
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.
Will Face/Off 2 Ever Happen?
The sequel Face/Off 2 has existed in many different forms over the years, It first appeared when the development was announced in Fall 2019. At the time, the screenplay was written by Oren Uziel of The Cloverfield Paradox. While the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused many films in development to be delayed or canceled, the film resurfaced in February 2021 when it was announced that Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard would be at the helm, when it announced The film was intended to be a direct sequel.
Since 2021, not many updates have been shared on the film's progress, especially given Wingard's commitment to the upcoming 2024 sequel Godzilla vs. King Kong. While he stated that he intended the film to be a vehicle for Cage, they had problems nailing the script the way they wanted it. After those delays, however, it's unclear whether Cage's recent career revival will hurt or hurt Face/Off's chances of getting a proper sequel.
The star's recent roles in films such as Piggy, The Unbearable Weight of Colossal Talent and Renfield have certainly made his name more of a commodity, which may have helped gain He should push for a sequel. However, he has been involved in six upcoming projects, including the action-comedy Retirement Plan, which may affect his availability. Still, his willingness to share details about the Face/Off sequel so casually may hint at his excitement at the prospect of returning to the world of the original.
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