Adam Wingard Updates on Face/Off 2, an ‘Absolute Sequel’ Written for Nicolas Cage – Exclusive | Movies

We’ve seen Nicolas Cage do a lot of wild and weird things on screen – running around with explosives strapped to his testicles in Prisoners of the haunted landhaving sex with a model of his younger self in The unbearable weight of enormous talentand become a skeletal, flame-ravaged biker in Ghost Rider, to name a few. However, nothing comes close to the ludicrous idea of ​​Cage’s murderous terrorist Castor Troy literally swapping faces with John Travolta’s Sean Archer, aka the FBI agent who hunts him, in John Woo’s gloriously demented Face/Offall the way back in 1997. Although there are rumors of a Face/Off the sequel has been out for a while, but nothing has come of it – but filmmaker Adam Wingard thinks he and regular collaborator Simon Barrett are almost ready.

Wingard, who previously directed The guest and Godzilla vs Konghas been working on a Face/Off follow up with Barrett for a while now – and their opinion is “an absolute sequel” that would see Cage return, despite (spoiler alert!) Troy encounters the sharp end of a harpoon in the frantic finale of the first film. “He’s just having that moment. Even before Pig came out, we saw this as a Nicolas Cage movie,” says Wingard Empirein the coming The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power matter. “That has now become quite the obvious way. A few years ago, the studio might have wanted a hot, young, up-and-coming actor or something. Now Nicolas Cage is once again one of the hottest actors in Hollywood.”

While Cage isn’t officially on board yet (a month ago, he stated that the new film’s producer Neal H. Moritz had spoken to him about returning to the lead role), the script is coming its way soon, once Wingard and Barrett’s next draft. “We’re really working on it,” Wingard says. “We’re not going to share it until everyone says, ‘This is the one.'” Creating a belated sequel to one of the most beloved, ridiculously plotted movies ever, starring one of Hollywood’s most eccentric and prolific protagonists.” It’s an easy task, but Wingard is convinced that he and Barrett are “the perfect team” for the job. “I think we really got it,” he says. “It probably has been” the most challenging script we’ve ever worked on, for many reasons. There’s so much pressure to make sure it lives up to the legacy of that project. But with every concept, you’ve got these things that just click in, and you’re like, ‘A-ha! That’s really what Face/Off is!’” Rest assured, when it comes together, we’ll turn our faces—or whatever face we’re wearing that day—to the big screen.

Read Empireis full Face/Off 2 story in the brand new The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power issue – Thursday 9 June in the newsstand, or pre-order here.

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