Goyer on His Ghost Rider 2 Script Plus a Magneto Update
Last week a new story hit about upcoming Marvel projects, including Daredevil, Silver Surfer, and a Ghost Rider sequel. In that story, it was revealed that Sony had decided to bring on writer/director David Goyer for Ghost Rider 2, since he had written a script 9 years ago for Ghost Rider that they were now going to use for the sequel. Collider recently talked with Goyer and learned that all of that was true and that they're going back to his script and only polishing it to tone it down from R to PG-13. He also gave a brief update on X-Men Origins: Magneto, another Goyer comic book project that's been in the works for a very long time.
"In the case of Ghost Rider… I wrote a script for that about 9 years ago, and Sony decided, and the producers, that they wanted to make that as the sequel script. So in this case I'm coming on as a producer and we're basically just doing a polish of my 9 year old script. So there's not as much work involved."
Goyer went on to say that "it was definitely written as a hard R… It was a Blade-type film. And now they want it to be PG-13." I wouldn't be so worried that they're making that change, though, because Goyer says he's hoping they'll be able to push the limits of the rating. He goes on to reference The Dark Knight and how they'll be able to take Ghost Rider 2 to the edge of the PG-13 rating, since that's exactly what The Dark Knight did without losing its dark and violent elements. It's at least good to know his script started out at the R rated level. This might be a good sign that the sequel could actually turn out pretty damn good.
On the Magneto front, while we've heard quite a bit about that project recently (see here), Goyer still seems hesitant. "Fox is still mulling that. Originally it was kind of neck-and-neck with Wolverine. They're developing that… I think they're just trying to figure out what they want to do next and I'm kind of busy doing this other stuff right now, so if they decide they want to make it and come to me and say 'hey, let's make it', I'll have to figure it out." That "other stuff" he's doing is developing and directing episodes of the new ABC series "FlashForward", which will be consuming more and more of his time as the show continues.
Although that's not a huge update, I think it actually reveals a lot. First, this confirms that the Magneto movie really is David Goyer's project completely (exactly as James McTeigue stated). It's his baby and Fox won't be making it without him directing. Secondly, it sounds like it's still a long way off, despite the claim that it could be happening within a year. I'd love to see it, but it seems like it's still on the backburner at Fox unless they one day change their mind. In fact, I expect Ghost Rider 2 to get made before Magneto does.