Ghost Rider 2 gets Cage
I must admit I'm not surprised that Ghost Rider 2 is happening, after all there's been talk of it for some time, but considering Nicolas Cage's recent performances have been getting back on track as a strong actor I am surprised he's just signed up for it.
We've been hearing rumours but now Cage himself has spoken out about it and revealed that he's signed the deal, and that's because of the two directors who are on board, and I'm wondering if the sequel could be better than the original.
"There's going to be a new one...I just made the deal today."
While speaking on the excellent Craig Ferguson show in the U.S. through JoBlo (I say excellent not because I've seen it but because Ferguson is Scottish) Nicolas Cage revealed the above information to screams from the audience as they ran to the fire exits. Okay, that last bit isn't true, really.
However he explained a little of why he did sign, and you know I can see why in just this short sentence.
"They're the wonderful directors from Crank, Neveldine and Taylor...they're fantastic."
We knew that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were going to be directing the film, and if you think Crank (Filmstalker review) and Crank 2: High Voltage and Gamer, you might be forgiven for thinking that Ghost Rider 2 might turn out to be a lot of fun.
A previous rumour for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was that David Goyer would be writing the script and it might be adapted from a script he wrote before the first Ghost Rider film came out, but later stories revealed that he had come up with the idea that Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman worked into the script.
Eva Mendes will not return as Roxanne Simpson
Ghost Rider 2 (or Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance) will be a hard PG-13
The film is going to take place in Europe
De Luca is open to David Goyer directing the sequel but it all comes down to his very busy schedule
The sequel will be like "pushing the reset button" on the franchise
As you might expect from the success of Avatar, Ghost Rider 2 might be done in 3D
Goyer has just delivered his updated outline to the studio
Now that was back in early January, so we'll have to wait and see if Neveldine and Taylor want to rework the script or are happy with what has been delivered, but I'm sure they will be more than up for delivering a film in 3D, and it'll no doubt be wild.
The comment about 3D is funny though, because I'm sure that they won't be filming it in the same style as Avatar (Filmstalker review), I'm almost convinced they'll decide to do a 2D-3D conversion which is the way lots of directors are going at the moment, good or bad.
However, Neveldine and Taylor are guaranteed to deliver something visually exciting, and with a Goyer script we could be in for a strong return for Ghost Rider. Is it wrong to be hopeful?