Nicolas Cage will ride again as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - and now specific details about the next adventure of the supernatural-powered motorcyclist have been revealed.
Production begins this fall on the 3D followup to director Mark Steven Johnson's 2007 Ghost Rider movie. Cage made comments last year about wanting Ghost Rider 2 to be "... less of a Western and more of an international story" - and if the early script review of the film is legit, the actor's wishes will be realized.
[NOTE: Those who wish to avoid potential SPOILERS should stop reading at this point.]
The Ghost Rider sequel is reportedly set several years after the first film and finds Johnny Blaze in self-imposed exile from the world. Blaze has become a tormented soul, convinced that his powers are a curse - which makes him completely different from every other superhero ever conceived (*cough, cough*).
Former stuntman Blaze is then approached by Moreau, a member of the monastic order of Michael, the warrior angel. Moreau seeks a protector for a mother and son duo (Nadva and Dannv, respectively) who are being pursued by a figure named Roarke - a fellow with a detailed knowledge of the Ghost Rider and his "... different identities over the centuries."
David S. Goyer penned the second Ghost Rider flick, which will feature Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor at the helm. The involvement of those talents behind the camera will surely make Ghost Rider 2 a different affair from its predecessor - but will it be good is the real question.
The mythology of the Ghost Rider figure could be interesting to explore, but if not done properly it could come off as unintentionally hokey and uninspired. Comic book fans are not exactly quivering with anticipation for Ghost Rider 2, so the filmmakers behind it will need to come up with more than just fancy 3D visuals and FX if they hope to convince the fanboys to give the sequel a shot.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be filming on location in Romania over the next few months.