(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
WARNING: The follow article does contain spoilers. So if your one of those “I’ll wait till it comes out” types, then don’t read any further. Your only going to be disappointed that you ruined it for yourself. You’ve been warned.
What’s covered in leather, wears chains and is on fire? No it’s not the long awaited ‘Easy Rider’ sequel it’s Nicolas Cage back again as the ‘Ghost Rider’. That’s right Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is on it’s way and a script review was uncovered by Italian website Comicus. So thanks to Comic Book Movie, it was run through google translate (to translate of course) and this was what they came up with in the translation.:
(Once again, this does contain spoliers, FINAL WARNING)
“After the success of the first film is not exciting among fans, Sony/ Columbia Pictures will try again with what in effect is basically a sequel, though at the same time is the way to revive the character and the franchise some lightening issues that had covered the first film, especially as regards the presence of Roxanne, which does not appear in the scirpt.
Johnny Blaze found years after the events of the first film, self-exiled from the world. In this way, hopefully, not having contact with people, able to control the spirit of Vengeance. Blaze is approached by Moreau, a monaco quite unusual part of the monastic order of Michael, the warrior angel. The Monaco but needs the special talents of former stuntman to trace a woman named Nadya and her son Danny, who must be protected at all costs, as there is on his trail Roarke, who is none other than an old knowledge of our hero (you certainly understand who they are) and is interested in the guy for a particular reason.
The script strongly underlines the tormented soul of Johnny Blaze since its first appearance. For he is a man who just wants to hide and who sees in his power a curse, more muted than in films directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The script focuses on the background in this way also “historic” that covers Ghost Rider, explaining in more detail to the viewer and the protagonist that the spirit of Vengeance is appearing more than once, and with different identities over the centuries. An interesting part of this working thanks to the characterization, creating a strong bond between the characters of Nadya, Danny and Johnny, also not forgetting Moreau, well shaded from start to finish. Only link with the previous film is a little flashback on the Origin of Ghost Rider, the covenant between Blaze and Mephistopheles.
A defect in particular, however, is to underline the main plot of “Mephisto” bad, or to Roarke, of course already seen in myriad other films in one way or another, and perhaps a little degrading, who expected more from this point of view. Ultimately the work is pretty good but could do better, also seen the one from which you started earlier. For the most passionate fans, there’s a final twist, but much nerd. Not reveal more.”
So in short: “We screwed up, let’s try again”. That’s the spirit! While Ghost Rider didn’t scream “money maker” last time, this is gonna be a fresh start. Like ‘The Incredible Hulk’ with Edward Norton this will be a clean slate on a wasted film. It really gives a dead film new life when David “Batman Begins” Goyer handles the script duties. I mean look at his past comic book to film work, he wrote ‘Blade’ for Mephisto’s sake. Things can only go up from there.