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