Okay, so there's not really any dancing in Face/Off. And the only singing comes courtesy Olivia Newton-John--her version of "Over the Rainbow" getting some soundtrack play during one of the film's many flying-bullet set pieces.
We know this. We're just trying to come to grips with reports that John Woo--the man who brought us Face/Off, Broken Arrow and a slew of Hong Kong action classics--is in early talks to direct the movie version of...Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.
Listen closely, you can almost hear the faint cries of Phantom faithful in the distance.
Die-hards previously have been pushed to the edge by whispers that John Travolta is seriously considering donning Phantom Erik's mask for the Warner Bros. project and crooning "Music of the Night" on the silver screen.
(Predictably, that news has not gone down well with some devotees. In their eyes, Michael Crawford, who played the title role in London, Broadway and Los Angeles, is the only worthy cape-wearer. In fact, one Website is even devoted to stopping the big-screen version through a petition campaign. ("Save Erik from Hollywood!")
Now Woo reportedly is being, well, wooed to the Phantom movie by Travolta. He directed the star in both Face/Off (a Phantom-esque tale of disfiguration, if you think about it) and Broken Arrow--two critical and popular hits.
Fortunately, all is not lost yet. The Phantom movie has been in works for years--there's no sign of the project's moving along any faster today than your average killer bee invasion. Plus, Woo's representatives say it's way too premature to talk about his potential involvement in the film.
But frankly, the mere prospect of John Woo getting his hands on Phantom's smoke machines is going to keep us warm through winter. Finally...A musical that takes no prisoners.