The sequel to 2007’s Ghost Rider will begin production this Fall and will be shot in 3D. The Nicholas Cage comic book flick debuted to awful reviews and will be getting a quasi-reboot of sorts while still remaining a sequel as well as new directors in the form of Crank’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
Ghost Rider 2’s official title is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, intentionally dropping the number from its name. While there was talk of Cage returning for the sequel for years, it wasn’t confirmed by him officially until he said so himself on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson last month.
The report originates from the Romanian news site HotNews.ro who explain that this will be the first major production shot in Romania since 2002’s Cold Mountain and it also will be the first 3D film shot in the country. Cage recently finished work on Drive Angry 3D, another action oriented flick shot in 3D where Cage plays a man seeking vengeance on a mission to hunt down those who murdered his daughter.
As for the story of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Cage made it clear over a year ago that with the sequel, he wants to take the story and style in another direction:
“I would like to do a reconceive… I would like to go in a whole other direction, and I think that’s what they’re talking about.”
“I would make it much less of a Western and more of an international story”
David Goyer jumped in to handle the Ghost Rider 2 script and the rumors at the time were that the story would follow Cage’s flaming skull chain-bearing biker as he takes on a demon biker gang seeking to resurrect the demon lord Zarathos.
With Goyer on board and promise of a reinvention of sorts, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has a good shot at being better than its predecessor but I still find myself entirely unexcited about the film, especially in relation to the competition.