Director Brian Taylor Talks Better Special FX for 'Ghost Rider 2'
I'm amazed to see that Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are actually still directing Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance for Sony, but apparently they have been given the greenlight and shooting is underway in Eastern Europe. If you've been following Neveldine/Taylor on Twitter, you may have noticed a tweet they wrote recently saying that "the dual role of blaze/zarathos will be a nic cage [sic] classic." That tweet caused a bit of confusion amongst fans, so Collider got in touch with Brian Taylor and got clarification by way of an answer that actually explains how they're using even better special effects than the first movie.
Taylor explained that "Zarathos is the Spirit of Vengeance that inhabits John[ny] Blaze when he becomes Ghost Rider. Unlike the 1st movie, where the rider was stiffly acted out by a various stunt guys, Nic will be playing all the Ghost Rider stuff himself – and we are creating a whole physical language for the demon that is different from the human blaze." Not only does that make sense, but it sounds pretty badass. Essentially, Cage will take on the "dual roles" of both the human Johnny Blaze and the skull-headed fire-blazin' demon known as Ghost Rider. Glad to see them take a more challenging route and also do something quite unique.
There was another article that ran today over on The Wrap talking about how the budget of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance got cut down from $135 to only $75 million, which is right where they're currently at. I don't think we should worry about the budget, as I'm confident Neveldine/Taylor have some tricks up their sleeves to make this look badass without spending a lot of money. Obviously this sequel has a lot of negative stigma going in, but I'm curious to see what they can come up with. In addition to Nicolas Cage, this stars Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert and Ciarán Hinds as the Devil. Will arrive in theaters in February 2012.