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