Nicolas Cage Says ‘Ghost Rider 2′ Will Mess With Your Mind

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm,

Ghost Rider 2 Plot Details Nicolas Cage Says Ghost Rider 2 Will Mess With Your Mind

The team behind Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance isn’t just burdened by all of the fanboy scrutiny that comes with a comic book movie adaptation, they’re also working against an intense level of skepticism thanks to the disappointing previous installment.

Despite Nicolas Cage reprising the role of Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider 2 is a brand new ball game with new characters, a new setting, and new directors (Crank‘s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor) calling the shots. Evidently, no one is more excited about this new approach than Cage himself.

While promoting the long-delayed Season of the Witch, Cage spoke with various media outlets and expressed his delight over how Ghost Rider 2 is coming together. Production recently began in Romania and Cage confirms to i09 that it’s a brand new experience – one that might even break continuity with the previous film:

“It is a completely different film. The first one, which I won’t denigrate — I liked the first one, but it was almost like a fairy tale. Almost like a Disney fairy tale interpretation of Faust. This one is completely re-conceived, it’s not even connected to the first one, it’s a different origin sequence. But I think it will be a brand new experience. It has more adrenaline involved in the film making process itself, and in the movie when you see it.”

Screenwriter David Goyer insisted that Ghost Rider 2 was not a reboot and did not contradict the last movie, but it really sounds like they’re hoping everyone just forgets the first Ghost Rider ever happened. If they went through the trouble of changing the origin story, though, hanging on to Cage seems like an unusual decision.

The origin isn’t the only thing that’s been altered – Cage says that his Johnny Blaze character has also undergone a pretty dramatic transformation since audiences last saw him:

“He’s become a lot more sarcastic, now that his head has been ignited. Unlike the first one where he was trying to keep it at bay. Now he’s been living with the Ghost Rider for some time, there’s a lot more irony with the character. His outlook isn’t as quite naive as it once was.”

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One of the biggest factors in Ghost Rider 2‘s new tone is the directing duo of Neveldine and Taylor. Cage sings their praise to Collider and details their unconventional approach to filmmaking:

“I’m really enjoying my experience with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. They’re not like anybody I’ve worked with before. They’re total originals. Mark Neveldine is doing things with the camera that are just brand new. He’s on rollerblades. He’s hanging off of wires at 300 feet. He’s just doing things that are combination stuntman and camera operator/director that are quite shocking and quite risky. And Brian Taylor is just a philosopher when it comes to movies. You can talk to him about Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, and you can go into Ishiro Honda’s The War of the Gargantuas, in the same sentence. He’s definitely giving me a chance to bring a lot to the character.”

As long as it doesn’t include jelly beans and Carpenters music, I’m pretty intrigued by what the notoriously unhinged Cage might have up his sleeve. I remain somewhat pessimistic about the choice of Neveldine and Taylor (and the reduced budget for Spirit of Vengeance certainly doesn’t help ease my concerns), but Cage seems confident that Ghost Rider 2 will be a surprising and enjoyable event for fans:

“I’m very confident that something special is going to come out of this experience. You can just feel it on the set … I don’t want to give anything away, but I know that the Ghost Rider character will definitely mess with their minds.”

Take that last sentence for what you will.  I’m starting to wonder if Ghost Rider 2 will wind up being as wildly divergent from the source material as the first movie – just in a different way. I’d really love to be wrong.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance hits theaters February 17, 2012.

Source: Collider and i09.

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  1. Liked the first one.

    Looking forward to this.

    I LOVED the jelly bean bit!

    • Haha! Me too! The jelly bean bit was awesome xD I am excited about this one. Cage rules.

    • yh first1 was good hopefully this 1 wil lbe betta

    • Sam I liked the first as well. It was a little bit of a let down sure and had faults, but was an enjoyable film that could of easily been a lot worse and after seeing the GL trailer I have even more appreciation for Ghost Rider.

      • I certainly didnt love it, but I enjoyed it and didnt regret paying to see at the cinema. I think it comes down to Cage, if you are a fan of his work, then you can enjoy him in pretty much anything, the guy is barely an actor, he’s a force of nature.

        I look forward to this sequel.

        And don’t give up on GL, there is still enough potential there for it to be a good film.

        • Sam I wish I could be as optimistic as you about GL, but I can’t. To me it just looks awful it looks like it’s DC’s answer to Fantastic Four which was horrible. Hal Jordan is Cocky, but in a lovable charming way not in a man child comedic way. He’s Suave and charming and Ryan just isn’t pulling that off at all. It looks like a big family comedy not being taken serious at all. Also The Suit just looks terrible it’s by far in my opinion the worst Super Hero suit on the big screen in the last 10 years. Honestly the old Flash and Captain America costumes from decades ago look better IMO.

          • @ Daniel F

            Imo the trailer looked good, but not enough was shown to convince me that it could be bad neither. About the suit, the makers have said it will look much better when you see the actual film. I was all for spandax & a mask like anyone else but would like to see how this pans out. Plus its better for when he’d be glowin green whenever he;s flying or in action. Although a different character, people liked how Mr. Manhattan looked on Watchmen. Not sure it would make differance since i remember seeing a picture of Green Lantern with mask & costume similiar to Guy Gardner’s on the unaired Justice League pilot episode.

            • For me Wally the Trailer looked awful it looks like the worst comic film since Spiderman 3or Fantastic four ROTSS. It really does look like it’s trying to be exactly like FF. Ryan Reynolds is beyond awful for Hal Jordan not even close to a fit. The suit looks awful and isn’t going to look much better even if they fix the CGI it’s simply poorly designed.

              GL is my second Fave DC hero, but if you include Marvel he’s my 4th.

          • I just can’t crucify the film on the basis of a teaser trailer, maybe those are Hal’s only cocky lines in the film, maybe he is more charming.
            For, I just don’t know. Another trailer will likely give us a better indication, but I’m not ready to give up just yet. GL is my second favourite superhero after Superman, maybe it will be a case of I force myself to like it, or maybe it will turn out to be a fun film.

            • @ Dr.SamBeckett

              Im willing to give the film the benefit of a doubt. Maybe its because finally Some other DC hero will hit the silver screen besides Batman & Superman, i mean last one was Steel. Id have to say i think GL is my 3rd favorite hero from DC comics. Superman would always be my 1st cause i first set my eyes on him and believe he’s the very person of what it takes to be a hero that inspires everyone. Batman would be 2nd and i mentioned who’s 3rd and from there its harder to name who i like in order. Believe it or not my parents, mostly my mother was strict that she didn’t let me see none of the Christopher Reeve Superman films nor 89 Batman film, thinkin they would have too much violence etc,lol. First comic book movie adaption i seen in theaters was Batman Returns. I watched the original on vhs with a friend over & over and weird thing was i didn’t who Robin was at the time. I didn’t know till i saw Batman: The Movie w/ Adam West & i started reading comics after that. I really liked how Robin was like in Batman: TAS. Anyways im blabbering too much here,lol.

  2. Well, I’m convinced. I’ll see it.

  3. That´s not good. The first one messed up my mind already. But not in a good way…

  4. the first one was ok. I didn’t hate it. I hope this one catches the essence of the bad ass Ghost Rider. Spirit of Vengeance is a big title to live up to.

  5. The first one wasn’t terrible, I was mildly entertained,I think the rating is what held it back from being better though… Also hope it has a little more grit to it instead of being all shiney happy…

  6. What? no Roxanne?

  7. The first one messed with my head to….it made it hurt because it was so bad!

  8. Wouldn’t be surprised if Cage is right… can’t wait!

  9. Wait…. He says:
    This one is completely re-conceived, it’s not even connected to the first one, it’s a different origin sequence.

    Then he says:
    Unlike the first one where he was trying to keep it at bay. Now he’s been living with the Ghost Rider for some time, there’s a lot more irony with the character.

    So are they doing a Flashbackrebootparalleldreamsequence?

    Or are they just giving us the benefit of the doubt that we know GR, give flash backs to his (new?) origin and he has been GR for awhile? More or less dropping us into the action right off the bat.

    I enjoyed the first it wasnt that bad. However I agree it could be better.

    • I think it’s just like Aronofsky’s plan for The Wolverine. Same actor, different continuity. But in this case I was hoping it’s different actor, different continuity. I couldn’t stand Cage in the role of Blaze/Ghost Rider, and will be the reason I skip this one

      • Really? I actually liked Cage in the Role I thought he did well.. I use to be a huge Cage fan back in the day he was a fantastic actor Leaving Las Vegas is still one of my fave films ever, but the last few years he’s just been signing on for what ever trash film comes along and phoning it in. I thought Ghost Rider was his best performance of the last 6 years of his carer.

    • I thought it seemed fairly clear what he was saying, but what I make out of it is that.

      It will just be a Ghost Rider film not connecting or separating it’s self from the previous just a stand alone film that you can connect if you want or not if you don’t. It will just pick up with Ghost Rider already in progress you know who he is what he does enjoy the film. Seems to be the motto for this.

  10. I’ll agree the frist one wasnt horrible, but Cage absolutely was, the major problems with the first movie was nt the script, or the effects, ok some of the effects was cheesey, it was Cage and the director that where bad for the movie

  11. Ok my big thing is with the title. Spirit of Vengeance. Vengeance was the name of a character in the comic series. now is that what is happening or is it just them calling GH that. The directing of the first stunk think main reason the movie was blah

  12. Well that’s a relief. At least it won’t mess with my patience this time. Not that I will even think about going to see it. The first was a complete dud. The only thing that kept me from walking out of the theater was my friend who dragged there.

  13. Doesn’t Cage have a tattoo of ghost rider on his back? Honestly, he’s completely insane, and he’s not a bad actor, but he is in no way a good superhero.

    He also managed to turn me off the character of Johnny blaze, because everything about sarcastic pg13 superheroes is horribly annoying.

    • @ Words

      100% Agreed.

      I found the first film lame and boring and only fleetingly entertaining.

      As much as I like Nicholas Cage as an actor, he looks nothing like Johnny Blaze from the comic books. The Ghost Rider effects were pretty cool though.

      Hoping the second installment is exciting, action packed, dramatic and different.

  14. is it just me or do anyone else think jason statham should play a role in this movie

  15. Im sure they’re gonna put more effort into this film to make great. I rather enjoyed the first film, thats just mean. The way they’re goin kinda sounds like Tim Burton’s route, since Burton tried not to make Batman Returns a direct sequel to the original except for Vicky Vale being mentioned by name. I look forward to this one.

  16. If the film wanted to mess with your mind, N/T would not be directing; it would be David Lynch.

    I’m cutting N/T some slack even though I have NO LOVE of the Crank films (note: that ending of Crank 2 with Chev on fire…? Yeah, N/T could pull this off…) and don’t get me thinking of Gamer. But they are making films on a low to modest budget, so the budget cut in my view isn’t that much of an alarm bell.

    That said, N/T are a guerrilla style of filmmaking; OF COURSE it’s going to be a different style than Mark S Johnson. It’s like comparing Tim Burton to Chris Nolan. Or James Cameron to McG. Different filmmakers will do different things.

    So they don’t mention much of the past film. La de da. So what? Do they have to? When I watched ‘Mission Impossible III’, the events of the past two films were not mentioned once. It didn’t bother a soul.

  17. My mind’s messy enough, thank you.