In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Mephistopheles and sadly parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson, the love of his life. Years later, Johnny's path crosses again with Roxanne, now a gogetting reporter, and also with Mephistopheles, who offers to release Johnny's soul if Johnny becomes the fabled, fiery Ghost Rider, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice. Mephistopheles charges Johnny with defeating the despicable Blackheart, Mephistopheles's nemesis and son, who plans to displace his father and create a new hell even more terrible than the old one.
Marvel has reached a settlement agreement in a long-running lawsuit filed by Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich over ownership of the character. While the settlement hasn't been fully executed, both sides, "have amicably agreed to resolve all claims." The terms of the settlement agreement were not made public at this time, with Marvel retaining the right to use the character in future projects.
Back in June, Gary Friedrich won an appeal over Marvel, overturning the comic book studio's victory and set up a trial slated to begin in November, before the settlement came through. Gary Friedrich worked as a freelancer for Marvel in the 1970s, creating the Ghost Rider character who first appeared in 1972's Marvel's Spotlight #5. The primary issue of the case was whether Friedrich contributed the character as a "work for hire," which would mean that Marvel retains all ownership rights and Friedrich would have no entitlement to the copyright renewal term. At the time, Friedrich was working under what was known as the "Marvel Method," and the studio argued the character was created in a collaborative environment with Marvel personnel and resources.Read More
http://movieweb.com/movie/ghost-rider/ Marvel has once again reacquired the rights to Ghost Rider, The Punisher, Blade, http://movieweb.com/marvel-studios-gets-daredevil-movie-rights-back/and more recently, Daredevil.
Ghost Rider, The Punisher and Blade are some of the most violent characters in the Marvel world. So the fact that they are owned by Disney will make reboots of the films or entrance into phase two or three a very unlikely possibility. They are more likely to be licensed back out to other studios. Only the time will tell what will happen.Read More
It seems Nicolas Cage would like to do a different version of the comic book character he portrayed in 2007. MTV recently spoke with Cage who revealed he would like to "reconceive" a new film version of Ghost Rider.
"I would like to do a reconceive," Cage said. "I would like to go in a whole other direction, and I think that's what they're talking about." Click below for more of Cage's video interview with the site.Read More
Superhero films are hot right now, and with his appearances in both Ghost Rider and Kick-Ass, it's well known that Nic Cage likes superhero films, so it should come as no surprise that Cage has signed on to make a sequel to Ghost Rider. The news comes our way via Bloody Disgusting that Columbia is hunting for writers for the sequel and that Cage is attached to return.
The ending of the original Ghost Rider has Cage's Johnny Blaze riding away from his one true love to continue using his "curse" to fight off the minions of Mephisto and his son Blackheart, so the door was always open for a sequel. With the success of superhero movies during Summer 2008, it only seems reasonable for Columbia to try to tap in to that.Read More
To hear Nicolas Cage talk about it, the next stop for his character from Ghost Rider should be somewhere in Europe. Cage spoke to Cinema Blend in preparation for the release of Bangkok Dangerous, and he revealed what may be in future for the flaming skull-headed superhero.
Although it wasn't incredibly well-received by comic fans, Ghost Rider did fairly well at the box-office, so a sequel to the film doesn't seem impossible. Especially not if Cage is willing to use some of his own influence to see the film be made. Keep reading SuperheroFlix.com for more information about a possible Ghost Rider 2 as it becomes available.Read More
National Treasure: Book of Secrets opens December 21st, 2007.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets was released December 21st, 2007.Read More
Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts the Ghost Rider Gift Set on November 13. The gift set features the two-disc extended cut of Ghost Rider with 15 minutes of extra footage and over two hours of special features along with an exclusive limited edition figure of the flaming Ghost Rider. The figure is cast in heavyweight polystone with movie-accurate costuming and great detail in his signature chains. Based on Marvel Comic's popular series, the high-octane adventure stars Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Gone in 60 Seconds), Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Sam Elliott (Hulk), Donal Logue (Zodiac, Blade) and Peter Fonda (The Limey, Easy Rider). The Ghost Rider Gift Set will be available for $59.95 SRP. Viewers will get a chance to go behind the action with DVD bonus featurettes "Spirit of Vengeance" and "Spirit of Adventure," as well as listen to commentaries with writer/director Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil), visual effects supervisor Kevin Mack, and producer Gary Foster. The extended cut DVD includes an additional behind-the-scenes featurette called "Spirit of Execution," along with the "Sin and Salvation" series of featurettes which delves into the history of the Ghost Rider comics. Animatics are also featured, offering fans a look at the computer animation behind Ghost Rider. The Extended Cut of Ghost Rider features an additional 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage including more suspense, more story and more excitement! Additional scenes include more backstory between Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) and his father, additional scenes between Johnny and evil incarnate Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) and an intense confrontation between the Caretaker (Sam Elliot) and Blackheart (Wes Bentley).
From Marvel Comics, creators of Spider-Man, Blade and X-Men, comes a new hero....Ghost Rider. In his youth, superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) made a deal with the devil to protect the ones he loved most: his father and his childhood sweetheart, Roxanne (Eva Mendes). Now, the devil has come for his due. By day, Johnny is a die-hard stunt rider ... but at night, in the presence of evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter of rogue demons. Forced to do the devil's bidding, Johnny is determined to confront his fate and use his curse and powers to defend the innocent.Read More