We could be seeing that hothead biker riding into theaters sooner than we might have thought. Collider caught up with producer Mike De Luca who revealed many interesting points about the sequel Ghost Rider 2, including that the title could end up being Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
While that title may not end up beind the final title, De Luca did reveal that original Ghost Rider director Mark Steven Johnson will not be back to direct the sequel and Eva Mendes will not be back for the new film as well. David Goyer will be writing the film and it seems he could possibly direct the film as well. Goyer recently turned in an outline to the studio, and De Luca talked a bit about the story.
Sure. We have an outline that David wrote that kind of adapts his 2001 script into today's times with incorporating kind of an original idea of Nic's that Goyer thought added to the mix in good way-that we all thought added to the mix in a good way-that gets Ghost Rider into a bigger arena to kind of apply our story in. So Goyer has just delivered that outline to us in the studio and we're waiting to hear back and then we'll know if we can go to like that revised script. But since we're starting from something already written, it's been a pretty speedy process.
That idea that Nicolas Cage brought to the film, was to have it set in Europe, which De Luca also discussed.
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 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.
To recap some of the facts...
- Mark Steven Johnson is not directing the sequel
- - Eva Mendes will not return as Roxanne Simpson
- - Ghost Rider 2 (or Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance) will be a hard PG-13
- - The film is going to take place in Europe
- - De Luca is open to David Goyer directing the sequel but it all comes down to his very busy schedule
- - Says the sequel will be like "pushing the reset button" on the franchise
- - As you might expect from the success of Avatar, Ghost Rider 2 might be done in 3D
- - Says Goyer has just delivered his updated outline to the studio
- - And says Ghost Rider 2 could easily be in front of the cameras this year