Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Discuss Their Ghost Rider Approach, Sequel, and Crank 3
02.16.12 by Ryan
Writer-directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine are known for creating eccentric and visually strange action movies (see the Crank movies for proof), which is why Columbia brought them on board to helm the upcoming sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. With Nicolas Cage back as the demonic anti-hero, Spirit of Vengeance will see if Taylor and Neveldine can succeed at winning over the comic book character's fans — something 2007's Ghost Rider failed to do. One thing's for sure, Neveldine told io9, the duo's signature "punk rock" approach to making movies hasn't changed.
The perception is that we're these guys who always do these f**ked-up movies, and now we're working with a big studio and a Marvel Comics character. People think, "Oh, it's the big time now!" No, this is about as punk rock as any shoot we've ever done, and more so in a lot of ways. We had times where major stunts would go completely wrong, but they failed so spectacularly. You don't have the time and money to do it again, so you have to rewrite the scene on the fly.
Of course, the biggest test for Spirit of Vengeance will be if it can duplicate or exceed the box office of its predecessor, which earned $228.7 million worldwide on a $110 million budget. The result was good enough for Columbia to greenlight a sequel, though this time with a leaner budget ($75 million, according to The Wrap). Neveldine told io9 that a potential sequel would be mean "taking it even further and grittier" while he admitted to The Playlist that there's already "talk about [a sequel]" between the director's and Columbia's parent company, Sony. "I know Nic wants to do it, he's very pumped about it. We'll just to see how well [this] does," said Neveldine.
If a third Ghost Rider doesn't happen, or even if it does, the directors are ready to make a third Crank movie as well. "It's gonna happen, it's gonna be written, and it will be 3D," Neveldine said. Taylor added: "Crank is destined to be a trilogy. And then maybe we'll go for the prequels the way Star Wars did."
Neveldine is pretty confident about Crank 3, telling Bloody-Disgusting that "it’s gonna happen, no question," adding: "Probably in 2013." Neveldine might have to do that one solo, however, as Taylor may be too busy with an adaptation of Twisted Metal to co-direct. In what might be a round-about vote of confidence in Spirit of Vengeance, Deadline reports that Sony has hired Taylor to write and direct a movie based on the video game series, which just released its latest installment on the PlayStation 3.
Like Ghost Rider, Twisted Metal involves a character with a fiery skull who rides a motorcycle, this time a clown-faced character named Sweet Tooth who also rides around in a ice cream truck and has become the franchise's signature mascot. Like the game, the movie will revolve around an underground tournament that will see contestants fight to the death in armored weaponized cars. The movie version will reportedly use the video game characters of Calypso (who will be the proprietor of the event), Doll Face (a young woman who drives an 18-wheeler) and, of course, Sweet Tooth.
With Twisted Metal in its infancy, it's probable that Crank 3 or a third Ghost Rider could take precedence, so it will be interesting to see which movie will win the race.