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Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance Will NOT Be A Sequel?

Posted February 24, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

Nicolas Cage Confirmed For Ghost Rider 2

Nicolas Cage has revealed that his upcoming return to comic book movies in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will actually not be considered a sequel to his effort in 2007's Ghost Rider. (Wait...wha?) A junket interview with Collider to promote this weekend's release of Drive Angry 3D concluded with Cage fielding a question about what audiences should expect from the (also 3D powered) 2012 Ghost Rider follow-up. Besides the typical hype about amped-up action and new shooting styles, Cage actually went out of his way to make it perfectly clear that Spirit of Vengeance is not direct sequel to the 2007 film, even revealing that an all-new origin sequence will be featured in the film about stunt biker Johnny Blaze, whose Faustian bargain turns him into a flame-skulled demon hog rider whenever evil is afoot by night. So, just to reiterate, according to Nicolas Cage, he will essentially be starring in a reboot of his own film?

As Cage tells Collider:

"A completely original interpretation of Ghost Rider. It's not a sequel at all. It's 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,' everything about it is different including the origin sequence. They'll see new camera movies, high adrenaline, it's like extreme sports. I think the movies going to be an incredibly wild ride."

Taking the director's chair from previous helmer Mark Steven Johnson, will be the team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, whose previous directorial stints include recent high-speed action dramas like Gamer and both Crank films. That fact, taken with Cage's comments, is a clear indicator that the intensity and visuals will be in full focus, rather than any particular storyline. So, any adherence to the previous film, which prominently devoted time to a romance with Eva Mendes' character may have been viewed as an unwanted constraint.

Yet, this strategy of releasing nebulous, "technical" franchise reboots is hardly restricted to Ghost Rider. In fact, the same thing is being done with fellow Marvel property, The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman's next turn as the titular adamantium-infused wildman of the X-Men film series. That film, in the same manner, has essentially scrapped the notion of having any connection to the previous X-films, or, for that matter, even the character's solo film debut in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

It's an odd thing to ask your audience to come and see a movie with the same character and the same star and expect them to take some magical narrative leap that this is suddenly "a different universe" than the last movie they saw. However, this practice nevertheless seems to be on the upswing. It certainly will be interesting to see if the strategy pays off for Spirit of Vengeance when it hits theaters on February 17, 2012. (Just under a year away.)

What say you? Not that the first movie changed the world or anything, but will you be up for this rebooted/retconned Ghost Rider?

Source: Collider

Tags: Comics, Movies

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  • ridethewind2002

    I think everyone of you should take a look in the mirror and ask yourselves....are YOU are sucessful and talented as Nic Cage? Nope and neither am I and that actually like the guy and his work. I don't care about what he does with his own time and money. As for the FIRST GHOST RIDER FILM....I LOVED IT!!! One of my favorite films of all time! I am excited about another film and I will go see it! I just hope they didn't change his character too drastically. YES! Less romance and more violence are good things! The only downfall I have....No Sam Elliott in the new one. The fact remains...Nic Cage IS GHOST RIDER and there really isn't anyone I would rather see in that role. Look at it like this.....at least they didn't screw it up like they have with SPIDERMAN!!! I don't even know who the new kid is playing him but I WON"T go see it!!! Tobey McGuire IS SPIDERMAN! Hugh Jackman IS WOLVERINE! Nic Cage IS GHOST RIDER! I say we team up some of these guys and do another Marvel spinoff! ORIGINAL CHARACTERS ONLY PLEASE!!!

    Posted: November 12, 2011 1:03 PM
  • Gard

    First let me say I have no intention of seeing this movie but only because of my immense hatred for all things Nick Cage., but seriously whats the big deal? As comic book readers we're all used to established characters existing in multiple universes in different forms so why should the movies be any different? And so what if it's the same actor? Like you can't tell the difference between Nick Cage in The Rock, Con Air, and Faceoff? You can't tell the difference between Nick Cage in Leaving Las Vegas and Honeymoon in Vegas? I think I better stop talking because I'm pretty sure I just contradicted what I was trying to say...

    Posted: February 26, 2011 1:39 PM
  • V_Translanka

    Awesome, I loved the look & feel of Crank. The directors used to be camera ops so they did some neat things. Ghost Rider, much like those kinds of over-the-top action movies was born around the same time with a lot of similar mentalities (i.e. REVENGE!!!). This could be a good blend for ol' flamin' skull-face.

    Posted: February 25, 2011 3:08 PM
  • rhythmandg

    Its going to be a strange movie but what the hell I'll watch it

    Posted: February 25, 2011 11:15 AM
  • Jerell2010

    The problem with this "reboot" is that it is still going to have Nicolas Cage. Other then the movies horrible writing and plot issues the worst part about the last one was him! I thought reboots were set up to try and be better, not worse.

    Posted: February 25, 2011 5:38 AM
  • NoremacMovies

    For the comic book industry this is nothing new, Marvel has a multiverse in which there have been many "Origins" of the same characters. As does the DC multiverse. So having a reboot of the character with the same actor makes sense. I personally think if it makes a better movie than why not. I do recomend a few years between them but it can work.

    Posted: February 25, 2011 2:33 AM
  • kingace1984

    hey look at the back to the future movies all they did was change the time line but they were all the same movie and same people

    Posted: February 25, 2011 1:03 AM
  • DravinClaw

    Why dont they just scrap cage cause IMHO he ruined the 1st one and as superdookieness stated "how in the hell do you reboot a movie with the same people?" that just boogles the mind im still tring to figure out how they thought it was a good idea to make a 2nd one but I guess it goes like this "if you wait long enough you can make a 2nd one and call it a reboot and hope they forgot about the first one"

    Posted: February 25, 2011 12:18 AM
  • IAMJerry262

    Is it just possible that they are planning on taking the story in a completely different direction, and that it will just have NO RELATION to the first movie?

    Posted: February 24, 2011 7:49 PM
  • superdookieness

    how in the hell do you reboot a movie with the same people?

    Posted: February 24, 2011 5:44 PM
  • Nerdi_Master

    Cage isn't exactly my favorite actor, and the last movie sucked hard, but I can't think of anyone better to play the role. I think this could be good news if it's rated R as it should be. I'm glad to hear there won't be any stupid romantic subplot too. They just better get Mephisto and Blackheart right this time.

    Posted: February 24, 2011 5:39 PM