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Nic Cage and John Travolta ready their next overacting extravaganza

Mar. 26, 2011by:

UPDATE: According to our sources, director John McTiernan is still the director of the film below, SHRAPNEL. After McTiernan's sentencing last fall, the film's producer publicly stated as much. As for the legal situation, McTiernan is currently free with his appeal pending. The timetable of that appeal -- which was recently extended even further -- allows plenty of time for the production of the film with no conflict.

Nicolas Cage and John Travolta infamously teamed up for the 1997 action film FACE/OFF. At the time, I actually enjoyed it for all its campy, hammy, John Woo charm. I've watched it since and I'm not sure that I appreciate it as much anymore (back in 1997 it was almost novel to see such A-listers going over-the-top so wildly but they've been doing it almost consistently since then). But there is some inherent interest on my part to see what would happen if you reunited Cage and Travolta. Would creators of snarky internet montages explode with excitement?

It looks as if Cage and Travolta are indeed eyeing another turn at outdoing each other with the indie thriller SHRAPNEL. The film would star the two actors as war veterans hunting each other in the woods. The script was written by Evan Daugherty and is described as DELIVERANCE meets a "cabin in the woods" style horror film. What's interesting about the project is that it has only two characters and they'd be played by Cage and Travolta.

At one point John McTiernan, he of DIE HARD and PREDATOR fame, was attached to direct but then he had to go and get convicted of perjury and is still facing a year in jail so it's unlikely he'll be behind the camera. Why not Tony Scott? If you're going to unleash Travolta and Cage in a forest and let them chew the scenery, why not get a director who overdirects? Just make everything hyper real.

Source: NY Mag

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3:01PM on 03/27/2011
I'm feeling a little "Righteous Kill" coming on. :- Although, I'm not even comparing Travolta or Cage to DeNiro and Pacino but then again all of the above haven't done a great film in a looooooong time so maybe the comparison isn't too far off.
I'm feeling a little "Righteous Kill" coming on. :- Although, I'm not even comparing Travolta or Cage to DeNiro and Pacino but then again all of the above haven't done a great film in a looooooong time so maybe the comparison isn't too far off.
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9:35AM on 03/27/2011
Toupees...

Will...

Clash!
Toupees...

Will...

Clash!
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10:41PM on 03/26/2011
wow im sold if they get tony scott, this quicly jumps to the top of must sees!
wow im sold if they get tony scott, this quicly jumps to the top of must sees!
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5:49PM on 03/26/2011
Nice, I thought McTiernan was still directing, i'm hoping he gets back on track! Truly underrated director.
Nice, I thought McTiernan was still directing, i'm hoping he gets back on track! Truly underrated director.
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2:42PM on 03/26/2011

cool

Well I'm a fan of Cage's "overacting" so I like the idea and say what you want about Travolta the guy still is pretty cool to watch, but hey that's just my opinion.I don't see why that would be bad casting since we're talking about war veterans here, I mean sure you could cast 22 yrs old for this but I think if you're gonna make an all out "war between 2 vets in the woods" movie these two sure make sense to cast in term of entertaining value...I like those 2 crazy bastards...
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Well I'm a fan of Cage's "overacting" so I like the idea and say what you want about Travolta the guy still is pretty cool to watch, but hey that's just my opinion.I don't see why that would be bad casting since we're talking about war veterans here, I mean sure you could cast 22 yrs old for this but I think if you're gonna make an all out "war between 2 vets in the woods" movie these two sure make sense to cast in term of entertaining value...I like those 2 crazy bastards...
I'm looking forward to it.
Oh and I think "Face/Off" still rocks.....
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3:37AM on 03/26/2011
How can this news not have 100%??? I can't wait to see this thing now. LOVE Cage. Love the idea for this movie. I mean, come on people!! Nic Cage's movies are fun to watch. We don't go in thinking we are about to see anything Oscar worthy. Movies are meant to be fun and ridiculous!
How can this news not have 100%??? I can't wait to see this thing now. LOVE Cage. Love the idea for this movie. I mean, come on people!! Nic Cage's movies are fun to watch. We don't go in thinking we are about to see anything Oscar worthy. Movies are meant to be fun and ridiculous!
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11:28PM on 03/25/2011
sounds intriguing. I guess we will see. I would like to see them play similar roles to what they played in Face Off though.
sounds intriguing. I guess we will see. I would like to see them play similar roles to what they played in Face Off though.
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7:46PM on 03/25/2011
YES YES SUCK MY FUCKIN DICK YES!!!
YES YES SUCK MY FUCKIN DICK YES!!!
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5:50PM on 03/25/2011
Great! We're going to be subjected to ageing bald guys battling it out in the woods! Great concept, but poor casting.
Great! We're going to be subjected to ageing bald guys battling it out in the woods! Great concept, but poor casting.
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9:26PM on 03/25/2011
oh come on.. IM sure they will both come up with some fabulous hair pieces!
oh come on.. IM sure they will both come up with some fabulous hair pieces!
4:24PM on 03/25/2011

Sick of seeing Travolta fat.

John travolta needs to lose about 40 pounds and he would look great. just saying.
John travolta needs to lose about 40 pounds and he would look great. just saying.
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3:38PM on 03/25/2011

umm...

is no one really going to comment on how weird their heads look in that above pic?
is no one really going to comment on how weird their heads look in that above pic?
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3:08PM on 03/25/2011
I still want the Travolta/Madsen Vega Brothers movie Tarantino teased us a couple years back.
I still want the Travolta/Madsen Vega Brothers movie Tarantino teased us a couple years back.
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3:43PM on 03/25/2011
It's been more than a couple of years. I think he was talking that one up before Kill Bill was made.
It's been more than a couple of years. I think he was talking that one up before Kill Bill was made.
5:50PM on 03/26/2011
since both actors are too old for the parts I reckon this should be Tarantino's first Animated film with Mason and Travolta voicing their parts instead.
since both actors are too old for the parts I reckon this should be Tarantino's first Animated film with Mason and Travolta voicing their parts instead.
7:20PM on 03/28/2011
Dude! Someone told me about that back in 1998..never heard anything since.. Whwn did you hear about that ??
Dude! Someone told me about that back in 1998..never heard anything since.. Whwn did you hear about that ??
2:27PM on 03/25/2011

Born To Play A Villain

I never understood why Nic Cage always has to play the hero role. He makes a perfect "bad guy". I mean Castor Troy is up there on my list of memorable villains. Some people are just meant to play the role of bad guy, like for example Gary Oldman (AMZING VILLAIN)...He should just do what comes so naturally to him and no I don't mean make another Ghost Rider movie
I never understood why Nic Cage always has to play the hero role. He makes a perfect "bad guy". I mean Castor Troy is up there on my list of memorable villains. Some people are just meant to play the role of bad guy, like for example Gary Oldman (AMZING VILLAIN)...He should just do what comes so naturally to him and no I don't mean make another Ghost Rider movie
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12:23PM on 03/25/2011

Hell yes!

Im so down for this.
Im so down for this.
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12:18PM on 03/25/2011

T. Scott

Perfect director for the project. Three bald dudes making an over-the-top, scenery chew-fest.

I'm in.
Perfect director for the project. Three bald dudes making an over-the-top, scenery chew-fest.

I'm in.
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11:51AM on 03/25/2011

can't remember last time Cage did an 'indie' movie

so this has to be good.
so this has to be good.
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1:46PM on 03/25/2011
Bad Lieutenant surely counts.
Bad Lieutenant surely counts.
2:39PM on 03/25/2011
good call, funployee. bad lieutenant was amazing, cage's best performance in years. well, other than the wicker man, ha ha ha.
good call, funployee. bad lieutenant was amazing, cage's best performance in years. well, other than the wicker man, ha ha ha.
10:49AM on 03/25/2011
"I hate to see you go...... But I love to watch you leave"
"I hate to see you go...... But I love to watch you leave"
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10:45AM on 03/25/2011
"Face.......Offfff"
"Face.......Offfff"
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10:37AM on 03/25/2011
Consider me interested.

I still think Face/Off is still good dumb fun.

"Peach. I could eat a peach for hours"
Consider me interested.

I still think Face/Off is still good dumb fun.

"Peach. I could eat a peach for hours"
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10:47AM on 03/25/2011
Great line.
Great line.
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