'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Has Nicolas Cage Very Excited

December 1, 2010
Source: io9

Nicolas Cage

Not too many people walked away from the big screen adaptation of Marvel's flaming pile that is Ghost Rider with a smile on their face, but with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the duo behind Crank) at the helm of the sequel, some of us still have hope for the flaming biker. But we aren't the only ones excited about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as i09 recently caught up with Nicolas Cage whilst he's been out promoting his January release of Season of the Witch, and he's absolutely thrilled with the plans.  Below he talks about the differences between the first film and this sequel and how Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider has changed over the years.

Here's what Nicolas Cage had to say about the sequel, which seems to be going in a vastly different direction than the first:

"It is a completely different film. The first one, which I won't denigrate — I liked the first one, but it was almost like a fairy tale. Almost like a Disney fairy tale interpretation of Faust. This one is completely re-conceived, it's not even connected to the first one, it's a different origin sequence. But I think it will be a brand new experience. It has more adrenaline involved in the film making process itself, and in the movie when you see it. Again, I think the stuff we're able to get into with Ghost Rider is going to be a lot more abstract and not like anything you've seen before. So I'm very excited by it."

Sounds a little more like a franchise reboot than a sequel, and that's just fine with me. As far as his character goes, Cage says, "[Johnny Blaze has] become a lot more sarcastic, now that his head has been ignited. Unlike the first one where he was trying to keep it at bay. Now he's been living with the Ghost Rider for some time, there's a lot more irony with the character. His outlook isn't as quite naive as it once was." It sounds like this is going to be the action-packed adaptation that fans deserved the first time around. Neveldine and Taylor certainly have an off-the-wall visual style, and I think they're the right team to finally do justice to Ghost Rider. What do you guys think?

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  • norm
    That's some bad hat, Harry.
  • Uriah
    I hope it's as good as "Guyver II, Dark Hero". HA HA HAAAAAAAAAA! I kill me.
  • Cruzer
    #2 Hey don't hate on the Hayter bro...
  • Cracky
    All of it. I enjoyed reading all of that shit. This is looking good.
  • Jericho
    @2 ....your not funny as for the movie...i'll wait for the trailer...
  • If Cage comes back as Blaze, then it ain't good news. They should just find an unknown actor or a good voiceover actor to play the Spirit of Vengeance. At least we get less actor face time and more Flamehead. Hugo Weaving was great in V for Vendetta and with no face time at all.
  • JerkFace
    I actually liked the first one. It wasn't nearly as dark as the comic, but it kept the heart of it. And I don't think the cast could have been any better. I'm still waiting for Nick to play Prince Namor! This flick sounds like its gonna rock. I think the bike needs a huge change though. In the comics it was this gnarly ninja style bike that Blaze found in a junk yard and once he touched it, became posessed by the spirit of vengeance. After a while his younger brother got the bike and became ol' skull head. I'm hoping that's where this one leads. A passing of the reigns by design or chance.
  • no man, not another reboot.
  • guvna
    no comment
  • Manuel
    That's right, Marvel, keep it up with all the reboot crap!
  • A5J4DX
  • James
    @6 Cage has to work non-stop to make up for his lost finances so he will have to comeback. In a way I feel sorry for him, it seems like he is unable to turn down a project and is forced to "dance for the puppet master."
  • ryderup
    The first one was really bad. Felt as cheap as daredevil did directed by that same dude (Mark Steven Johnsson or whatever his name is) I bet this will be better in whatever way they choose to change it.
  • I love the wig, Nick...
  • Chris
    'Actor surprisingly pumped up about new film' shocker?
  • DoomCanoe
    well he's the only one excited for this crap
  • dRailer
    Eventually they'll just need to add flames to Nick's skull if they keep rebooting.
  • JL
    I thought The Crow was the 'Spirit of Vengeance'
  • rohender
    Didn't I read somewhere that Cage is slated to star in a reboot of the Puppetmaster franchise called, "Dance for the Puppetmaster"?




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