Cage has been doing the press rounds for National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and someone over at comingsoon.net asked him about a sequel to Ghost Rider and the opportunity of another film in the National Treasure series. He seems quite open to these, and I would be too considering that he'd pocket at least $20 million per film.
When asked about another Ghost Rider film, Cage said that "All they have to do is call, and I would love to see that happen. That would be fun,"
When asked about National Treasure he replied:
"With 'National Treasure,' I believe that it should become more and more 'International Treasure,' ...I was very happy to see that we went to London, England and Paris, France, but I'd like to see the movie go wider still. I'd like to go into Africa, Egypt, Asia, and keep going. My hope is that Ben is recruited and he gets a dossier from these other countries about their history, and has to download it and learn it, and then try to go on these hunts on their behalf. That would be a lot of fun for me."
The main word that appears in both these quotations is fun. Cage seems to be the kind of actor that chooses roles with his heart rather than for his art. With National Treasure it would also appear that he'd like a holiday or two.
I quite like Nicolas Cage, he can teeter on the brink of over-acting on occasion but I feel that he seems to enjoy his job. He doesn't really seem to have a career plan, he's a geek and he wears that on his sleeve. Heck, in the Windtalkers commentary he talks about dressing up as Ghost Rider for a party!
I enjoyed the first National Treasure and I do feel that it could turn out to be a fun franchise. It's the franchise that was promised at the end of Nic Cage's 1996 film The Rock, but that never materialized.
Ghost Rider, I haven't seen, maybe that does deserve to burn in hell.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets is out December 21st