Nicolas Cage Excited About "Fresh Take" on Ghost Rider in Upcoming Sequel
07.08.10 by BJSprecher
Despite a rumor that Nicolas Cage might be replaced as the title character in the sequel to the supernatural superhero movie Ghost Rider, Cage told MTV while doing press for his latest movie, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, that he is still on board. The Academy Award-winning actor added that he is "very excited" about the recent additions of Crank writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor as directors of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (tentative title), replacing Mark Steven Johnson, who directed the first movie.
They're originals, and they know how to make a movie look great, and they know how to use the camera. And I think they'll have a fresh, a very fresh take on the character.
Cage pointed out that "fresh" did not mean that the movie is being rebooted as some have speculated, adding, "It's a different trajectory, but it's still the same guy." Cage, a big fan of comic books himself, also defended the first movie, which was not very well received among comic book fans.
By the way, I'm not knocking the first one, whatever people think. I stand by that movie as well. I thought it was like a Faustian fairytale, like, if Disney would make a movie about Faust, it would be in that vein, like a Western and a little lighter.
Little is known about the plot of Ghost Rider 2 at this time, other than it being based on a script written by David Goyer nearly a decade ago, which producer Michael De Luca described as a "very brutal" "redemption story." The movie is slated to go into production in mid-November.