(Post by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, a.k.a Mordrun)
Well, it’s time to man up. I only decided to write about this movie because the article tag line was:
“Nic Cage Says “Ghost Rider 2 Will Blow Your Mind”
and I wanted to say, “Good, I’ve already had my balls blown by the first train wreck that was Ghost Rider, my mind could use the stimulation.” Then it happened. I started getting past the tag lines and one-liners. Nic Cage has been doing press for the movie Season of the Witch and fielding some questions about Ghost Rider.
Those two (Directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor) are exceptionally original. How else are they changing the tone of the first film, is it even similar to the original?
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 fair tale interpretation of Faust. This one is completely re-conceived, it’s not even connected to the 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 ever see before. So I’m very excited by it.
So Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a mix of sequel and reboot. Glad to see they are not going to just continue the series without hopefully improving the mistakes of the first.
Nic goes on to talk about the character Johnny Blaze:
He’s 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.
Maybe we’ll get some good old fashion Nic Cage “crazy” in there. Two other items caught my attention. One is that Nic Cage will be doing the body work for the film sequences as the Ghost Rider. In the first film stuntmen or body doubles were used. The second is in the plot.
Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage), is hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil, who wants to take over his (Johnny Blaze) mortal son’s body on the boy’s birthday.
The boys name is Danny Ketch in the script. That’s the name of the person who assumed the Ghost Rider curse after Johnny Blaze in the comics. Could this mean a death or lifted curse for Johnny Blaze during the movie? We’ll have to check back as more information and clips become available.