“Ghost Rider” may not have won a whole lot of fans when it showed up two years ago, and the critics were their usual hatin’ self toward the comic book movie, but it made plenty of dough. And with star Nicolas Cage more than willing to come back, a sequel wasn’t going to be far behind. Columbia Pictures is now ready to rev up that sequel, and is in talks with comic book go-to guy David Goyer to come up with a story and supervise the scripting.
Variety says the deal with Goyer isn’t completely finished, but once it becomes official Goyer, who has been involved in everything from the Nolan “Batman” films to the “Blade” movies, will be replacing the original’s writer/director Mark Steven Johnson, who has been a fanboy punching bag ever since “Daredevil”.
While “Ghost Rider” didn’t exactly satisfy a lot of critics or fanboys, the film’s worldwide box office did double its budget, so there’s definitely an audience for it. Sequels always do better than the originals anyway, especially when it comes to comic book movies.
It’s a lock that Cage will return as Johnny Blaze, the film’s protagonist, though the story for the sequel that we’ve been hearing about, which would take Ghost Rider to Europe, may fall by the wayside with this news that Goyer will be paid to come up with a story and “supervise” a script, which would seem to indicate the studio wants a completely new idea for the sequel.
No word if Eva Mendes will return as Roxanne Simpson, though we can only hope.