There’s good news for everybody who loves bad acting and silly hairdos: Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are looking to reform their winning Face/Off team. The last time we saw these two film giants on screen together they were stealing each other’s faces and parroting each other’s wackiest acting tics. Since then they’ve gone on to individually star in about a gazillion too hip for their age range acting roles. Cage has been experimenting mostly with multi-colored weaves, while Travolta has been dabbling mostly in pointy looking facial hair. So what are they planning on doing if they get back together? Well, it could be one of two things.
The first possibility is a film called Shrapnel. It is about a Bosnian soldier who is seeking revenge against an American who wounded him in a deadly bit of back woods trickery. Shrapnel was written by Evan Dougherty, it was voted one of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood back in 2008, and studio execs are looking to get it moving for a June start date.
The second possibility would be a thriller called Sea Trial. It is an adaptation of a Frank De Felitta novel that has been adapted by his screenwriting son Raymond De Felitta. I found a weirdly worded description from the back of a paperback version of the novel that describes the story thusly:
“Tracey and Phil are lovers. They have planned a romantic cruise as the perfect ending to a perfect affair. But the ‘Penny Dreadful’, the yacht on which they have chosen to sail, was never intended for pleasure. Nor are Captain and Mrs. McCracken the pleasant, middle-aged couple they seem. Soon the accidents begin: a series of accidents. And then the chores and deprivations in an ever-tightening chain of punishments and hardships. It is as though they have embarked on a passage through fire, a cruise through hell. Tracey Hansen and Philip Sobel are about to be initiated into the rites and ways of evil.”
That sounds amazing. There is no word on which roles would potentially be taken by Travolta and which by Cage, nor what their respective hairstyles would look like for either project, but I don’t think it really matters. Let’s do ourselves a favor and just get these two guys back together and back in front of a camera. Let’s get their hair quaffed and let’s cast some hot twenty year old underwear models as their love interests. It’s the right thing to do.