‘Ghost Rider’ sequel promises ‘darker, nastier, meaner’ anti-hero

Oct. 16, 2011 | 11:38 a.m.
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Nicolas Cage in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" (Columbia Pictures)

The filmmaking team behind “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” are hoping for a redemption story both on and off the screen.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the writing and directing tandem behind “Crank” and “Gamer,” have inherited the fiery Columbia Pictures franchise and their first challenges may be getting fans to forgive and forget the 2007 movie “Ghost Rider.” The pair came to New York Comic-Con to show footage to fans and assure them that, this time around, the fire-and-brimstone anti-hero will be presented in a dark tale that lives up to the tone and legacy in the pages of Marvel Comics.

This will be a “darker, nastier, meaner” version of Johnny Blaze, a fellow who will not be throwing on tights and saving cats. “He will light the cat on fire though,” Neveldine said. “And that’s important.”

Taylor cited the comics work of Garth Ennis and said that he and his partner had read a tall stack of Ghost Rider comics in preparation. The team decided to make a fashion statement by going for “something more visceral” in the look of the character, who will be losing that jacket from the first movie because it was “too 80s.”

Nicolas Cage returns as the title character in the Valentine’s Day 2012 release but the footage shown (which the directors also showed over the summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego) backed up the frequent promises that the hellfire franchise has a new lease on life, at least as far as tone.

“It will be more like a horror film than an episode of ‘Cops,’ ” Neveldine said.

This is not the first time the tandem have tried to make a film with an offbeat comics anti-hero created in the early 1970s; they wrote the script for “Jonah Hex” and were on track at one point to direct the film — though they’re probably glad they didn’t since the Warner Bros. release ended up as one of the most jeered films in memory.

The lively panel underlined how much the filmmakers enjoy their reputation for risk-taking stunt work and high-adrenaline antics. Neveldine said he set a decree that if anyone broke a bone on set, it would go into the movie. He added: “We crashed a lot of cars, busted a lot of gasoline cans, and broke a lot of bones.”

— Travis Walecka reporting from New York


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9 Responses to ‘Ghost Rider’ sequel promises ‘darker, nastier, meaner’ anti-hero

  1. Mike says:

    Not a fan of Nick Cage but the trailer looks awesome!

  2. steve says:

    I liked the first film. I liked the romance angle with Eva Mendes. Not sure I am that interested in a horror film.

  3. roger says:

    Finally, the sequel no one asked for.

    • brettghampton says:

      That honor will actually probably go to "The Dark Knight Rises." People were asking for a good sequel to "The Dark Knight," but instead…..

  4. A. Ullman says:

    i had heard it stinks big time, unwatchable. don't waste your hard earned parents money.

  5. Rex says:

    They want fans to forgive and forget the first Ghost Rider film? They should be BEGGING everyone on earth to forgive and forget the dismal movies THEY'VE excreted so far . . . Neveldine/Taylor is not exactly a brand of quality, even on an exploitational level.

  6. Debbie says:

    I really liked the first Ghost Rider. Nicholas Cage was perfect for the part. I am anxious to see the next sequel. We will never forget / forgive the first movie. What's to forgive? Don't understand that statement. Marvel Comic heroes will always be around. It is FAR BETTER than watching someone hack and saw someone to death. Those movies need to be burried and forgotten. It is those horror movies that cause people today to do those things in real life. We need more heros in life and in fantasy at the movies. Please don't say something stinks unless you have actually viewed it. That is part of what is so wrong with this world. They listen to other people's comments and don't be an individual and make your own decisions about something.

  7. Batman4oz says:

    What makes no sense to me is that character is called GHOST Rider…he is Not dead, is Not a ghost! It should be HELL Rider! Or Soul Rider…but the first film was entertaining anyway.

  8. Wendell says:

    I just want to know who the dumb SH*T was that decided NOT to use the same motorcycle in the sequel. It's like changing actors in the middle of the movie. For me and a lot of others i've spoken to the bike in the first movie was one of the main chacters. That was just a plain STUPID idea Not to use it again!

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