It looks like Sony’s going through with a sequel to Ghost Rider and there’s nothing we can do to stop them. Not only is the film still happening but according to THR, the studio is hiring not one, but two directors to helm it. Crank’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are in early talks to take on Ghost Rider 2, with Nicolas Cage expected to reprise his role as the hero.
The deal for both the directors and the actor are in the preliminary stages but all three are expected to take part in the sequel. The last time we saw Ghost Rider in theaters was 2007 and it was directed by Mark Steven Johnson. When Sony first announced that another film was in the works there were rumors that screenwriter David S. Goyer might take on directing duties, but that didn’t happen.
Goyer did write the story for the sequel, which Neveldine and Taylor may or may not rewrite. We’re hoping they don’t because storytelling isn’t their strong suit; Goyer on the other hand has his moments. Plot details are being kept under wraps but late last year Goyer spoke of a story he wrote 9 years ago that he’d like to see on the big screen.
“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.”
It sounds like we might have a darker Ghost Rider in our future. We all know that Neveldine and Taylor do their best work within the parameters of an R-rating, but will the studio go for that?
What do you think of Neveldine and Taylor directing Ghost Rider 2?