Last we heard about Ghost Rider 2, David Goyer said he hadn’t signed on yet but plans were already under way to base the sequel on a script he had written previously. Now today comes word that he is confirmed as a producer for the next installment and will polish his nine-year-old screenplay (including reworking its hard R-rated nature for a PG-13 rating), and while the continuity won’t necessarily get an overhaul, the tone is certainly shifting.
MTV reports that Goyer, who’s currently hard at work on his “FlashForward” television series, told them, “It’s not exactly a reboot. I hate to say it’s more realistic, because he’s got a flaming skull for a head, but it’s a bit more stripped down and darker. What ‘Casino Royale’ was to the Bond movies, hopefully this will be to ‘Ghost Rider’.”
The Ghost Rider sequel is planned to “roll before cameras next year,” according to Goyer, who also said that Nicolas Cage is currently still attached to the lead role of Johnny Blaze.
“This story picks up eight years after the first film,” said Goyer. “You don’t have to have seen the first film. It doesn’t contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we’re pretending that our audience hasn’t seen the first film. It’s as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he’s just in a much darker, existential place.”
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