Producer Michael De Luca Offers Some Ghost Rider 2 Updates
Posted 01.08.10 by Ryan
Ghost Rider 2 has been in development for months now, moving forward with a nine-year-old script David Goyer is currently rewriting, but further details have been scarce until now.
Producer Michael De Luca told Collider that the sequel, tentatively titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, will be like "pushing the reset button" and that Goyer's script is still being tweaked to include an idea from its star Nicolas Cage, who has said that he wants Ghost Rider 2 to be a more "international" story.
Yeah, the idea was because Ghost Rider is a unique blend of theology and action and the character deals with the kind of battle of good vs. evil in a theological sense, that [setting the sequel in] Europe you could avail yourself of a lot of religious sites and kind ancient religious site and a history of theology as a setting that isn't available in the U.S. We wanted to kind of signal that we're as different from the first movie just because we want to be fresh and new as you can get in terms of getting away from southwestern kind of pseudo-western thing.
De Luca confirmed Goyer's assertion that the movie will be a "hard PG-13" that will not include either Eva Mendes' character Roxanne or the participation of Ghost Rider director Mark Steven Johnson. De Luca admitted he'd be "excited" to have Goyer direct the sequel, though that would "depend on his schedule." Goyer certainly would be the person with the most familiarity with the script, which De Luca described as a story of redemption.
That 2001 script has been on the Internet, but if you ever get a chance to look at it, it's a really intimate kind of redemption story and it's very brutal and it moves like a freight train in that spirit, you know, with the Ghost Rider doing, I think, things that are very also kind of like jaw dropping, commercial set pieces and whatnot. They're all there but it's a very intimate storyline that lets you have some character development.
While Ghost Rider : Spirit of Veneance has no release date, De Luca admitted that the sequel could begin filming in 2010.