UPDATE 12/02/21 10PM: Adam Wingard has stated that he’s approaching the film as a sequel to the original rather than a reimagining.
Deadline is exclusively reporting that Adam Wingard, director of the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong, is now attached to helm Paramount’s reimagining of John Woo’s 1997 action-thriller Face/Off.
Face/Off focuses on FBI Agent Sean Archer on the hunt to capture freelance terrorist Castor Troy, whilst also holding personal vendetta as Troy killed his son in an attempt to assassinate him. When Archer has Troy cornered and knocked out, putting him in a coma, he learns that Troy was telling the truth about having a bomb planted in Los Angeles that will detonate within the next few days. With the only person who knows the location of the bomb is Castor’s brother and he refuses to talk and left with no other option, Archer undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity of Castor Troy to find out the location of the bomb. Unfortunately due to the transplant, Castor Troy regains consciousness and wants revenge on Archer by taking his face and ruin his mission and personal life.
While a remake of the property was first touted as being in development in 2019, the reports indicate that Adam Wingard and his scripting partner, Simon Barrett, will be starting from scratch, not developing on Oren Uziel’s intended script. The original film is a beloved 90’s action classic, thanks to John Woo’s action sequences and the performances by John Travolta and Nicolas Cage playing the dual-roles, and the film earned just shy of $246m at the worldwide box office.
Neal Mortiz will serve as producer on the project, while David Permut will be executive producer.