Brian Taylor

Movies based on video games have very rarely been good. There are so many bad adaptations that game fans now wince when a studio decides to make bank on a recognizable/beloved franchise. Hell, I still haven’t recovered from the atrocious  Super Mario Bros.(1993) starring Bob Hoskins and John Legiozamo. With that said,  here’s some video game movies news that I’m sure will have you stroking your chin in curious satisfaction. According to Deadline, Sony Pictures have signed a reported 7-figure deal with Brian Taylor, to write and direct a movie based on the hugely popular Twisted Metal video game.

So, Taylor, the director who has worked with life long friend Mark Neveldine on the Crank movies and the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has been pegged to direct an adaptation of the game franchise based on underground fight to the death matches in which combatants use armored cars tricked out with missiles, machine guns, mines and the like? Curious indeed!

Its about time they adapted this into a movie. I mean come on, fast cars, explosions and homicidal combatants? What the hell took you so long Hollywood? Anyway, considering the insane, pulse-pounding source material and given Sony has signed a director who’s equally loco, I couldn’t be more happy.

Deadline went onto say that characters like the manipulative race organizer Calypso and popular contestants like the homicidal clown Needles Kane in his killer ice cream truck Sweet Tooth and the masked Doll Face are reported to be included in the story.

Source: Deadline


This Friday, the rider is back! The sequel to Marvel‘s 2007 Ghost Rider, once declared the worst movie of the decade, has a worthwhile film in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Johnny Blaze (played, again, by Nicolas Cage) is still cursed with powers of the super natural and has hidden himself away from the world. That is, until he teams up with a sect of rebel monks to save a young boy. Battling a satanic cult and devil himself, Johnny may have finally have a way to rid himself of “the rider” once and for all- if he can save the boy first.

OK, so the premise sounds cooky, but what the films lacks in story is sure to make up in bad-ass action. This gritty new vision by directors Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor (Crank) can’t be any worse than it’s predecessor (I hope).

Co-starring Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido and Johnny Whitworth a brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette has debuted via iTunes Movie Trailers. Check out the featurette below:

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance hits theaters everywhere this Friday.

Source: Coming Soon

Word on the street is that we have another Ghost Rider movie to, uh, look forward to. (Yes, I’m intentionally acting like this hasn’t been a thing for a while. I enjoy my willful ignorance.)

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor of Crank and Gamer are directing the thing. According to /Film, some people were actually getting excited about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Big mistake. When it was premiered… Things went downhill faster than some poor mofo’s dick when he learns that the hot chick at the other end of the bar used to be a dude.

Anyway, we’ve got some behind the scenes footage and some TV spots for y’all.

Click here for the making-of reel. I don’t want to spend more time in jail than that poor bastard who offed Michael Jackson.

Hit the jump for the TV spots. Or don’t. Whatever.

I’m still crying over how bad the original Ghost Rider was. It managed to pack in every comic book and action movie cliché imaginable, laughable casting, an illogical script, wooden acting, and jarring direction for straight-faced amusement. But, the tears may be over.

The sequel to the 2007 film my have finally redeemed it’s soul with the help of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank 1 and 2)While we have no footage to give (when we do you’ll know) but we do have a first look at Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance by way of scans that appear in the upcoming issue of Empire.

Luke Gallagher, head chief cake to NB, saw the footage at SDCC and thinks ” Ghostrider himself looks menacing, nightmarish even. He’s an actually bad-ass this time, spits and pisses fire. The action is insane. Epic stunts with plenty of crazy Neveldine/Taylor camera angles. It’s Ghost Rider on crack!”

Thanks to The Film Stage for taking the time to scan these.


Hollywood is churning out superhero movies almost faster than we can cover them. Almost. Here’s a superhero movie news roundup to start your day.

You may have heard director David Slade is planning a new Daredevil movie. The good news? This Daredevil will be a stand alone picture and in no way relate to the previous film adaptation of “the Man Without Fear” starring Ben Affleck. And a collective sigh of relief was heard from across the blogosphere. Slade explains for Obsessedwithfilm,

Forgot to look at the internet for a few weeks and its a litany of false (and not so far off) rumours. So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.

Some already squashed rumours had Bradley Cooper or Garret Hedlund attached to play Matt Murdock. Any thoughts on who you’d like to see in the role of hero without sight?

Next we’ve got some news from the set of the new Ghost Rider film, Spirit of Vengeance, which is both a sequel and reboot, so a reboot? Nah, sounds too  Canadian. Here’s what director Brian Taylor had to say about the film to Think Hero‘s podcast,

We basically said, we want to do it, [would] absolutely love to do it, but it’s gotta be 100% different from the first movie, everything, except for Nic [Cage]. We want the character to look different, feel different, sound different. The backstory of the character’s different, the origin of the story is expanded upon in ways that the first movie didn’t hint at, at all. The location’s different, the whole cast is different; the only thing that’s the same is Nic…It’s pretty much a reboot, only with the same actor, which makes it: a requel. Or a seboot, I can’t decide which one I like better.

Umm, neither sounds better. And let me just say there is probably no better way to confuse your audience than to keep the same actor, change everything else and expect us to think it’s a completely different film. Most people will watch a trailer and think, “Huh, they’re doing a sequel to Cage’s first Ghost Rider film, I heard that movie sucked (because nobody saw it).” Here’s hoping you can convince the general movie-going public you’re making a better movie. Which it’s funny, why didn’t you make a good movie the first time around?

Taylor also mentioned the film’s villain, Blackout, whom we’ll hear all about at this year’s San Diego Comic Con,

[Blackout’s] a fun character. His powers are pretty cool, we did things with his powers that aren’t in the original comic books…We’re gonna do a huge splash at the Comic-Con. That’s when we really want people to see what the new, evolved Ghost Rider looks like as well as the first peeks at the villains.

The biggest and most ridiculous rumor of week is that Christopher Nolan might be giving us a female Robin in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. They only thing we know for a fact is that Juno Temple is being eyed for ” a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl.” Leave it to fan speculation and stupid minds to jump to a ridiculous conclusion ( *cough* like a female Robin. Not that a female Robin couldn’t work. A pint sized female teen did wonders for Frank Millers ‘The Dark Knight Returns”. However, Nolan has been pretty adamant about Batman’s sidekick NOT emerging in any of his bat films. Even Christian Bale said he would “refuse to go to work” if the character appeared in one of the movies (I’m too lazy to insert quotes. Just look em’ up)

Finally, we can confirm the villain in the new Spider-Man reboot will be the Lizard. Long has it been rumoured Rhys Ifans, who was cast at the film’s villain, would be portraying the scaly-skinned doctor gone bad but with actor C. Thomas Howell‘s slip-up on the podcast, Retro Radio we now know for sure,

Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker whose son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan Bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation.

Oops. It’s a shame we never saw the Lizard make an appearance in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy. Dr. Conner had been played by Dylan Baker but never got to make the transition to Spider-Man foe. Surprising because I think Raimi could have squeezed a few more villains into the final cut of Spider-Man 3.

There you go, this has been you’re superhero movie news round-up. Bringing you all you need to know about blind crime-fighters, demon bikers and teen web-slingers.

source: Geeky Tyrant, Daily Blam, Blastr


That’s right folks, Nic Cage and his crazy ass hair wants to do another Ghost Rider movie before Columbia Pictures loses the rights to make one. While it’s not set for Cage to reprise his role as Johnny Blaze, there is talks for the Crank duo, Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine, to direct the film. If it all goes smoothly, the film will be titled “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence.”

So yeah, who here liked the first one. I mean, the only reason why I watched it was because of the sexy Eva Mendas. I’m sure Cage only wants this project to get picked up just so that he gets some extra cash on him (the man has a poor money spending habit). Then again, if they do get the Crank duo to direct the film and possibly write it as well, we may at least get a fun, action filled Ghost Rider. What do ya’ll think? Is this something that should be made and if so, do you want Cage to reprise his role? Or should Marvel just put Blaze and his motorcycle down just so we don’t suffer through another movie.

Source: FilmSchoolRejects