Why is Ghost Rider 2 still happening? Will we ever find out the method behind the decision to continue on with the film series? David Goyer recently spoke about the follow up to the surprise 2007 hit that starred Nicolas Cage, amongst speculation that the film might be a reboot as opposed to a sequel, a fact Goyer adamantly denies. So, what’s the real deal behind the new movie?

Goyer shed some light on his vision for Ghost Rider 2 with MTV recently, and he claims that the film will darker than the previous one which was rated PG-13.

“It’s not exactly a reboot. I hate to say it’s more realistic, because he’s got a flaming skull for a head, but it’s a bit more stripped down and darker. It’s definitely changing tone. What Casino Royale was to the Bond movies, hopefully this will be to Ghost Rider.

He also went on to say that the film will be set eight years after the last time we saw the flaming hero, which makes you wonder what angle he’s going to take with the story.

“This story picks up eight years after the first film,” said Goyer. “You don’t have to have seen the first film. It doesn’t contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we’re pretending that our audience hasn’t seen the first film. It’s as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he’s just in a much darker, existential place.”

The film is scheduled to start shooting before next Christmas, and yes, Cage is returning to play Johnny Blaze. It seems weird that he would come back to this property, but the original did make over 200 million dollars at the box office. Who knows where this one will take us, are you interested?

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