Crank Directors Neveldine/Taylor Confirmed for Ghost Rider
In June one big story that caused quite a ruckus was about Crank 1 & 2, Gamer directors Mark Neveldine and Brain Taylor, collectively known as Neveldine/Taylor, directing the Ghost Rider sequel titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at Sony. Obviously they're putting this one together more as a reboot than a direct sequel, and hiring Neveldine/Taylor for hopefully an R-rated Ghost Rider is a major step in the right direction. Apparently Nicolas Cage appeared on Craig Ferguson's Late, Late Show last night (watch video here, via ComingSoon) and talked briefly about the sequel, confirming that Neveldine/Taylor are directing.
"There is going to be a new one," Cage said. "I just made the deal today." A few sentences later, in a funky conversation, Ferguson asked "who's the director?" and Cage replied: "Well, they're the wonderful directors, the team from Crank - Neveldine and Taylor - they're fantastic." That's some high praise. Unfortunately, Cage did not confirm if this means we'll actually get an R-rated Ghost Rider movie, because I think that is one of the few ways they might be able to salvage this franchise. I'm hoping these two amp up the intensity, darkness, and violence, but I'm worried they're going to force them to make this PG-13. We'll find out soon.
We don't really know how soon this Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance sequel will get underway, but I should remind you that last year, David S. Goyer talked a bit about his old Ghost Rider screenplay that they're using for this sequel (at least as as starting point): "It was definitely written as a hard R... It was a Blade-type film. And now they want it to be PG-13." Let's hope now that Neveldine/Taylor are confirmed to direct, they can convince Sony otherwise, or else this might be another mistake in the making. What do you guys think?