Nicolas Cage's return to the Ghost Rider film franchise has been known for quite a while, especially after he announced it on a television interview last summer. However, it seems that the t's have been crossed and the i's have been dotted as Sony/Columbia Pictures have officially announced a release date for the sequel in question, titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The film will hit February 17, 2012 and will be presented in -- get ready for it -- 3D! That's right folks, Johnny Blaze may ride his famous flaming motorcycle when he transforms into Ghost Rider, but this time, he's hitched a ride on a giant bandwagon. (Which may or may not have cool flames.) The sequel will actually hit one day after the five-year anniversary of the first film's release. By then, many more (and bigger) comic properties will have hit. Will enough moviegoers remember the demonic hog rider to give him business?
The film is currently shooting in Bucharest, Romania. When that site was announced, it led to speculation that Ghost Rider may be set to take on a certain famous vampire (excluding ones that currently reside on posters in rooms of teenage girls.) That's right, the man himself Dracula might be set to take the biker from hell. Of course, that is just a rumor, and to be honest, the whole concept sounds rather campy, almost Abbot & Costello-ish, considering the possible darker or stylistic turn the film may take with directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. (Gamer, Crank.) As Cage told MTV on the film's new directors back in July:
"They're brilliant with camera, and they make movies look new," he stated. "They have a way with camera that is unquestionably unique and is a signature for them, and I think that kind of energy for this style of film will take it to a different level."
One thing is for sure, Spirit of Vengeance will find itself a big fish in an inexplicably humongous pond that is the 2012 movie year. Let's see -- there's the Spider-Man reboot, The Avengers, Men in Black III, Star Trek 2, and oh, a little movie that happens to be the sequel to The Dark Knight! So, yeah, there may be a bit of competition that year for 'ole Johnny Blaze and company.
So, there you have it. Ghost Rider is coming back in a feature that will have fiery chains flying at you, evil demons seemingly ready to bite your face off, and maybe some uncomfortable up-close-and-personal time with Ghost Rider's flame-engulfed mug. Does that sound enticing enough to invest in a ticket or two in a year that guarantees to put big holes in your pocket?