Nicolas Cage Wants to Do a Sequel to 'The Wicker Man' Set in Japan
With the pseudo sequel to 1973's The Wicker Man the aptly titled The Wicker Tree, now in theaters, Nicolas Cage (who will be seen next month in the absolutely over-the-top comic book sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance from Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine) dropped a gem of an idea he's got. Cage was recently asked about revisiting characters and surprisingly answered that he would like to make a sequel to the 2006 remake. Cage starred alongside Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, a bear suit, and James Franco for three minutes, but for the sequel he wants Hideo Nakata (Ringu) to direct. Oh and Cage would be a ghost.
Cage (or The Hair Enigma as I like to call him) dropped by the Empire offices recently, where he participated in a web chat (which you should definitely read in its entirety) with fans who asked him various questions ranging from "What's your favorite line of dialogue you've ever delivered?" ("Vive la fucking France, man!") and "What's your favorite sandwich?" ("The roast lamb sandwich with white bread and a bit of mayonnaise and arugula, thinly sliced."). And then he was asked if there were any of his previous characters he'd like to revisit one day. And out of all of them he chose Edward Malus. Cage said:
"I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made 'Ringu,' and I would like to take 'The Wicker Man' to Japan, except this time he’s a ghost."
You can't make this stuff up. And I hope to the Wicker Gods those batshit women worshipped that he's serious, because I for one would love to see the ghost of Nicolas Cage going all Casper: Good Ghost/Bad Lieutenant for The Wicker Man in Japan. If you're not convinced it's a fantastic idea, then all you need to do is watch this. How does a ghostly Nicolas Cage sound? At least he wouldn't have to worry about his hair.