Nicolas Cage and the ‘Crank’ Boys Mount ‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel

Ghost Rider

Just when we thought the idea of a Ghost Rider sequel might have died a slow, painful (and deserving) death, the folks at Columbia Pictures jump back into the game. This time it’s nothing but good news. Nicolas Cage is in talks to reprise his role as Johnny Blaze. And Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the guys behind the Crank series, are in early negotiations to direct. Sadly, the film got a lame title: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

The news comes from Heat Vision, where Borys Kit says that plot details are still under wraps and no deals have been officially inked. Still, the studio hopes to put pens to paper and get this thing shooting by the fall. If they can’t get it into production soon, they risk losing the rights to the character to Marvel, now part of Disney.

There’s a part of me — and I would imagine many of you — that is torn by this news. Nicolas Cage’s recent crazy bender combined with the insanity of Neveldine/Taylor might be right for a hyper-violent, off-the-walls take on Ghost Rider. However, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if the project fell apart completely, giving the character back to Marvel. The way Marvel Studios is working, we might get something even more interesting if they were given a chance to make a run at it. Either way, I don’t see Columbia making anything less worthy than the last Ghost Rider. Word on the street is that they’ve learned their lesson and would be willing to give the character a fair shake this time around.

What would you rather see — Neveldine/Taylor/Cage go nuts, or a Marvel Studios take?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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