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Eva Mendes Won't Be Back for Ghost Rider 2 + More News!

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January 7, 2010
Source: Collider

Ghost Rider

Yea, yea, I know, no one wants to hear about a Ghost Rider sequel. We're all still trying to forget that first damn movie and you probably thought 2010 was the year it would be forgotten forever. Well, this update today from Collider contains a lot of good news (if that's possible). And maybe if there are a still a few Ghost Rider comic book fans out there, they might be a little excited as well. Frosty spoke with producer Michael De Luca about the upcoming sequel, which we've written about before, and got some good updates out of him. The good news is that Eva Mendes will not be back at all and that it will indeed take place in Europe.

You can head over to Collider to read the full interview, but here are the important details. They're looking at making it hard PG-13 (he references The Dark Knight like everyone gunning for PG-13 does nowadays). The character of Roxanne (played by Eva Mendes) is not in the sequel nor will director Mark Steven Johnson be back to direct (he was also the one who wrote the terrible script). Two big problems with the original that we don't have to worry about. We already know that it's going to take place in Europe instead and will be based on David S. Goyer's old script. De Luca explains why they liked the European idea best:

"The idea was because Ghost Rider is a unique blend of theology and action and the character deals with the kind of battle of good vs. evil in a theological sense, that Europe you could avail yourself of a lot of religious sites and kind ancient religious site and a history of theology as a setting that isn't available in the U.S."

"We wanted to kind of signal that we're as different from the first movie just because we want to be fresh and new as you can get in terms of getting away from southwestern kind of pseudo-western thing."

I have a feeling that Marvel's Kevin Feige had a chat with De Luca and the folks at Sony about making sure Marvel movies don't turn out terrible anymore. And it sounds like they're headed in the right direction with this so far. Some other things that De Luca mentions are that it could become 3D (but we're going to hear that about everything following Avatar) and that it could even start shooting as soon as this year (probably aiming for a 2012 release). The title, while not official, might be Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and they definitely are "hitting reset" on this character, so maybe we'll get a good Ghost Rider movie this time.

I'm not sure if all of that will change anyone's mind, but it sounds like they're on the right path. I remember hearing about how awesome was Ghost Rider in the comics, so as long as they stay true that, maybe it could be better than the original. We'll keep you updated on this sequel whether you want to hear about it or not!

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  • I'll be looking forward to this. The first one was hysterical.
  • Shane
    Mike DeLuca is a rare breed of producers in Hollywood, especially when it comes to comics. I mean that in a good way. This has a ton of potential.
  • ryderup
    Remove the director from the first one if you want something decent. And don't let Nic Cage change alkohol into candy...
  • ryderup
    read the article proper and yeah, it's great that that director is gone. Now reboot Daredevil!
  • Nasty Nate
    Big deal about Mendes, she's purely eye candy. I hope it's going to be better than the original or they shouldnt even bother. Please dump 3D idea and I thought the hard PG-13 thing was funny.
  • DoomCanoe
    if Cage is still in it, then its a bad movie... Ok excluding Kick Ass its still a bad movie
  • meatcarnage
    I wish ghost rider wouldnt be back for ghost rider 2... where are the deadpool updates?!
  • JeepFu
    I actually liked Eva Mendes in Ghost Rider. Wait, no. I liked Eva Mendes in TIGHT CLOTHES in Ghost Rider. That, will be missed...
  • tobi,leader of the akatsuki
    don't get rid of eva mendes she was the only reason i watched the film to the end,get rid of nick cage he sucks balls in everything he does,with his stoned elvis impression.the title would be cool if it is ghost rider spirit of vengence & that it's set europe,I THINK IT NEEDS ANOTHER COMICBOOK HERO IN IT AS WELL THE PUNISHER OR DAREDEVIL WOULD BE FUCKING COOL.
  • papichulo
    Eva's boobs are the reason I bought the DVD. Why wouldn't you want her in the sequel?
  • Marius
    What they need to do is just restart the entire thing. Do a reboot and make it rated R. How do you make a film about demons and hell and not make it rated R? And show us some damn monsterous demons. Mephisto and Blackheart sucked due to the fact that they never turned into anything that looked like it came from hell. And the element demons...really?
  • T
    Come on, Mendes was the only reason to watch the first one! ...and by "watch" I mean ogle Mendes.
  • harrison
    is nic cage coming back? he was just as much a problem with the first one as everyone else... hasnt been good in years except for maybe national treasure 1
  • they should do what they did with the hulk and just start all over
  • karl
    I vote reboot. ditch Nic Cage. forget 3d, it is time for scratch and sniff. but seriously, the studios must be making gobs of cash from the $4 charge for glasses.
  • roman
    Mendes is a terrible loss, but Goyer is the kiss of death. With him in there they're guaranteed a completely mediocre, forgettable effort and limited returns. He should be working in TV exclusively at this point, and thanking the gods every night for those Nolan credits. And what the hell happened to De Luca? Didn't he discover P.T. Anderson? Now, there's your long way down.
  • Clover
    If Cage is removed from the lead....this will have a chance. If not, we are all DOOMED!
  • Of all the first film's problems, Mendes was the least of them.
  • Trademark
    @6 Have you seen the new Bad Lieutenant: Port Of New Orleans? I used to despise Nic Cage as much as the next guy, but since seeing that Im at least willing to give him a chance to prove to me that he can still act...but dont get me wrong I prefer that he not be in this, he never fit the character to me
  • Fisherr
    I hope you are right about starting fresh, Alex.

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