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Will the Ghost Rider Sequel Be Uncaged?

Ever since Ghost Rider opened in 2007, it seems like the only person clamoring for a sequel has been Nicolas Cage. Now word is coming out that Columbia is so desperate to get a Ghost Rider sequel into production before the franchise rights revert back to Marvel’s new owners, Disney, that they may rush it into production with a skull not Cage’s bursting into flame.

New York Magazine’s Vulture claims insider confirmation that if Columbia doesn’t get a Ghost Rider 2 rolling before cameras by November 14th, then Marvel/Disney reclaims ownership of the character rights. Though “FlashForward” scribes Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman, working with David Goyer on an older script he originally wrote, recently turned in their draft for Ghost Rider 2, Nic Cage may be unable to return due to possibly being tied up this fall shooting a third National Treasure flick for (coincidentally) Disney.

Columbia is said to be determined to hang onto the franchise because Ghost Rider somehow grossed $230 million worldwide despite massive suckage, and the studio is in dire need of a proven moneymaking blockbuster for 2011.

For once I am actually on Columbia’s side because I cannot fathom a Disney-fied version of Ghost Rider. What are they going to do? Have Ghost Rider battle Mr. Boogedy?

So what will become of the Spirit of Vengeance? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Maybe someone should ask Eva Mendes to consult her Magic 8-Ball for the answer?

Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider

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  1. I didn’t really like the first, this one is prolly going to blow just as bad as the first one did…

    Though I do hope they make or start it before Disney gets their hands on…

    Can anyone tell me why Marval sold out to them anyway?

      • Well said.
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        • Damn Disney is taking over the world.
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          • One comic company at a time…

            Why couldn’t they have bought out D.C Comics?

          • Warner bros. currently owns DC and is pretty much bleeding it dry.
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          • And outside Warner owning it DC’s cast of characters that would be real money makers are limited. The price tag that would probably be on DC compared to what DC has to offer really (in my opinion)does not coincide. Just wouldn’t be an attraction to anyone wanting DC for future monetary gains.

          • Very true. Marvel just has it over DC in every aspect. Their characters are more realistic and interesting.
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          • Agreed, which is why I wish Disney would have left Marvel alone

          • Well Marvel has been struggling for a very long time now. They owe toy companies a humongous debt and went bankrupt at one point which meant they couldn’t even spellcheck their comics. So a lot of their series were released with spelling errors. Hell get this: At one point they even sent a memo to staff to shut off lamps and lights after leaving rooms to keep down the power bill!

            They almost closed down and were about to sell all of their characters to the likes of DC, Image, TOpps, and Malibu! Imagine Spider-Man of DC Comics? Or Daredevil in Image?

            Not to mention they canceled a lot of series across the board, and in a desperate attempt to make money sold their characters to any studio willing to buy them. At this point it’s either selling to Disney or closing down shop. And Marvel is too important to just stop.

            Sure Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, and the like are pop culture icons, but Marvel is the superior company, hands down. They can’t stop functioning.
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          • Yeah that is true I guess desprate times call for desprate messures…

            I cant really say much I’m not a big Batman fan, I cant stand Super man, and never read Wonderwoman.. I’m a Spiddy fan, and just like all Marvel better all have

          • When people hear the words Disney and Marvel put together they have convulsions and I don’t blame them. I’m angry about it too, but Marvel is losing more money than they’re making.

            Who knows? Maybe this could be the best thing to ever happen to Marvel.

            Maybe it will spell doom for the company’s integrity and credibility.

            We have to wait and see what happens when Disney’s control comes in to effect.
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          • I can admit I like some Disney movies but i don’t think they’ll do well with comics, but like you said we’ll just have to wait and see

          • I never got into Disney myself but they have always had a dark side, maybe moreso when Walt was around. I’m more concerned with what effect it will have on Pixar at the moment. Judging by what I’ve seen of Toy Story 3 though all seems well. It comes off as being more heavily laced with adult humor than the previous ones.

          • “I’ve high hopes for Toy Story three. I like the first, but the second one I didn’t think was as good as it could have been so I am hoping Pixar did three right, but you never know I mean they are also doing a part two to Cars…

  2. The premise of Ghost Rider seems pretty stupid to me. Say what you want about Nic Cage but Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is a classic.

    • Nic Cage is a crappy ass actor, clear and simple. His longevity as an actor is mind blowing.
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      • He’s not a “crappy ass actor”. He has turned in some great performances. The problem is in consistency and some poor direction.

        • I looked him up on IMDB a few minutes ago. Yeah he’s a crappy ass actor who has been in more bad movies than actual good ones.
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          • His performance in Adaptation was pretty amazing and I’m not BSing about Bad Luitenant. It is a must watch film.

          • Adaptation was a good movie, but I don’t see the big deal with the man in that. He plays himself every frikking time.
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          • He played 2 distinctly different people in Adaptation and did it well. I wanna see Ed Norton’s turn now.

  3. A Disney-fied version of Ghost Rider will not be any worse than the PG-13 crap we were fed. With a good director, more violence and a lot more dread, Ghost Rider could have been a great horror action movie. Instead we got a Nicolas Cage vehicle.
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  4. Cage is NOT Johnny Blaze and the 1st movie was epically awful.

    Ghost Rider isn’t a hero, he’s a spirit of vengeance, a demon. The Zarathos version is the one they need to go with and the studio should (but won’t) commit to an R rating.

    This is one of my favourite comics from back when I discovered them. I’d like to see it done right.

    P.S. DO NOT computer generate Ghost Rider. Ugh.

    • Yea, but how else would you bring a character like Ghost Rider to life outside of setting some poor stuntman’s head on fire?

      That being said, the animation for the first one was atrocious.

      • A practical skull head and just computer generate the flames. Perhaps also using it to add a little animation to the ‘face’.

        • That would look very clumsy. I liked the method of making the skull after the actor’s facial structure in CGI and it was obviously toned down a bit to prevent its target audience from being frightened. With enough dread, it could have looked really damn creepy.
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          • I don’t think it would look clumsy at all.

            A skull by definition is not going to be hugely animated. A subtle change to the shapes of the eye sockets, the fires inside them (a lot can be done with colour) and the right toothy smile would do the trick.

            The only thing they got right in the first one was the Rider’s voice.

    • I agree 100% with Terminal and Vanvance1. Also, I want to add that the two biggest disappointments in comic to big screen that deal with characters that just should not be toned down are GHOST RIDER and SPAWN. You NEED to keep them as they are (were meant to be). Deadly,vengeful,bad ass mofos.You NEED an R with these two. I don’t think we’ll ever get a good gut-ripping version of GHOST or SPAWN.

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