Entertainment Face/Off sequel is in the works 24 years after the original

07:11  13 february  2021
07:11  13 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The 1997 film Face/Off starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage was a silly but fun action film about two enemies swapping faces.

Now 24 years later, Hollywood is making a sequel to the blockbuster.

On Thursday Deadline shared that director Adam Wingard was taking on the next film but he would not reveal if Travolta and Cage will be a part of the follow up.

When there was talk that the film might be a remake instead of a sequel, Adam took to Instagram to make his thoughts clear.

'I would NEVER re-imagine or remake FACE/OFF. It's a perfect action movie,' he wrote, adding a photo of Cage screaming. 'Simon Barrett and I are writing a direct SEQUEL!'

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Neal Moritz will produce the film for Paramount and Hollywood veteran David Permut will also serve as executive producer.

The first film was a hit with Travolta and Cage, who were still big action stars at the time, playing a cat and mouse game.

Travolta was FBI agent Sean Archer who was intent on tracking down Cage's twisted terrorist Castor Troy.

Unbelievably, they switch faces which was laughable at the time, but has since become a possibility.

The film earned $245 million worldwide making it the 11th highest-grossing film of 1997.

Both Travolta, 66, and Cage, 57, are active with their film careers so they may be asked to reprise their roles or just do cameos.

John Woo directed the first film with an $80million budget.

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The first actors who were chosen to play Sean Archer and Castor Troy were Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger respectively, but they did not stick.

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Michael Douglas was also up for the role but he passed and turned in to one of the executive producers.

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Harrison Ford were also floated by as possible leads.

Travolta had a difficult 2020. His longtime wife Kelly Preston passed away in July after a battle with breast cancer.

And 2020 Christmas was the Saturday Night Live actor's first without the Jerry Maguire actress by his side.

In December, the star shared a video featuring his daughter Ella Bleu, 20, and son Benjamin, 10, at their home as he wished fans a Merry Christmas.

'Say merry Christmas, Ella!' the pilot said. Ella looked pretty in black pajamas as she stood in front of the white-frosted Christmas tree while holding her phone.

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There were several packages behind her as well as a black luggage set.  Benjamin was shirtless as he sat in a green chair enjoying a cookie.

'Merry Christmas from the Travolta family!' the Face/Off star wrote in his Instagram caption.

Also not in the video was his son Jett who passed away in 2009 at the age of 16 after he suffered a seizure and hit his head in a bathroom.

Kelly's passing was a shock to fans as she had kept her health struggles a secret.

A family representative told People magazine, 'On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer.'

'Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,' the family rep said. 'She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.'

Travolta and Preston were married for 29 years before her death in July.

'It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,' he wrote on Instagram.

John also shared a message on Thanksgiving Day.

John showed off his shaved head and sported a black turtleneck while addressing his three million followers on social media.

'I just wanted to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for supporting me in such an incredible way this year,' he said. 'Happy Thanksgiving and always love.'

John's last film was 2019's The Fanatic.

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