David Goyer Tapped for Ghost Rider Sequel

“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.

What? I'm not in the sequel? Roxanne no likey.

What? I'm not in the sequel? Roxanne no likey.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    As long as they make it darker, and take a note from the current ongoing and some of the minis it won’t be terrible. The first wasn’t horrid, but at the same time it wasn’t good either. The villains were pathetic.

  • Dedpool

    As long as they make it darker, and take a note from the current ongoing and some of the minis it won’t be terrible. The first wasn’t horrid, but at the same time it wasn’t good either. The villains were pathetic.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I think that is the trademark of First director/Writer Johnson Dedpool. He isnt bad, but he isn’t good either. He lacks the details that make a great movie. There was a bunch of cool things in Ghost Rider and Daredevil, but nothing that really grounded the characters and really set you up for that Wow moment. The Hulk had his uber Brutality (i.e. Beating someone down viciously with a torn apart police car, using each side like a boxing glove), Iron Man had the technology and story (the scene when the scientist helping him dies and he takes on the military group in the clunker with ingenuity and flames swirling, as well as a very worthy final fight with Iron Monger), Spiderman had the Doc Oc fight which is one of the most perfect comic battles on screen still. Even the X movies had a fine detail that blew our minds at some point (X1 – Wolverine Bar Fight, X2 – Nightcrawler, X3 – Wolverine vs the web of disintegrating fire swirls of lust, taking his skin off and forcing him to heal constantly and get to Jean and kill her.

    Yeah I know im typing alot but its because I care. The point im trying to make is that Ghost Riders wow moment was him turning into Ghost Rider. Johnson seems to understand the concept of movies and Daredevil Dir Cut was way better than theatrical but he doesn’t have what it takes to really sell the character. Nicholas Cage and Cg got that film its money back and more, and left the viewers hating themselves for helping.

    One thing I did love about the Ghost Rider was the fact that he was more destructive as a hero than the Street Sharks. I mean come on! No one thought that was possible.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I agree about the DD directors cut (see my post in the quick hits thread), butI think the problem with GR wasn’t just Mark Steven Johnson but the script as it really didn’t do anything. Nothing really happened. I definitely agree that the destruction caused by GR was awesome, and I liked Cage as JB, but other than that nothing really sold me on the world or the characters. Also Cage overdid it with the acting when he was transforming. What the hell was he swinging at when he was changing? And that laugh in the jail cell? At least in DD the supporting cast, minus Electra, was good. I liked Colin Farrell as Bullseye, and Michael Clark Duncan as Kingpin. But I completely get what you’re saying. Daredevil should have been about his radar sense and martial arts skills used to solve the crimes that slip through the cracks as Murdock, but they bogged it down in the love story.

      • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

        You and I must find a way to sip a tall one my friend. The only reason I direct my statements at Johnson are because he was the writer and director wasn’t he? for both films. I loved daredevil and thought it was a good movie just not great. The Directors cut was so much better but yeah anyway, we are in agreement. It was in hell’s kitchen but it wasn’t dark enough, not gritty enough to really pull the torment out of all the characters. My only wish for ghost rider at this point is that they do World War Hulk at some point and do the offshoot when ghost rider doesn’t punish the hulk because he is motivated by justified means of vengeance. But yeah, Only in my world would that movie happen at this point.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          Yeah Only in your head. LOL. I thought that was a great issue though. As for what another GR movie would be like, I’m liking the direction Cage is talking, but not too sure about how he’d get hooked up with the Catholic church. Thats why I said to take a cue from the current series with the renegade angels and such.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I think that is the trademark of First director/Writer Johnson Dedpool. He isnt bad, but he isn’t good either. He lacks the details that make a great movie. There was a bunch of cool things in Ghost Rider and Daredevil, but nothing that really grounded the characters and really set you up for that Wow moment. The Hulk had his uber Brutality (i.e. Beating someone down viciously with a torn apart police car, using each side like a boxing glove), Iron Man had the technology and story (the scene when the scientist helping him dies and he takes on the military group in the clunker with ingenuity and flames swirling, as well as a very worthy final fight with Iron Monger), Spiderman had the Doc Oc fight which is one of the most perfect comic battles on screen still. Even the X movies had a fine detail that blew our minds at some point (X1 – Wolverine Bar Fight, X2 – Nightcrawler, X3 – Wolverine vs the web of disintegrating fire swirls of lust, taking his skin off and forcing him to heal constantly and get to Jean and kill her.

    Yeah I know im typing alot but its because I care. The point im trying to make is that Ghost Riders wow moment was him turning into Ghost Rider. Johnson seems to understand the concept of movies and Daredevil Dir Cut was way better than theatrical but he doesn’t have what it takes to really sell the character. Nicholas Cage and Cg got that film its money back and more, and left the viewers hating themselves for helping.

    One thing I did love about the Ghost Rider was the fact that he was more destructive as a hero than the Street Sharks. I mean come on! No one thought that was possible.

    • Dedpool

      I agree about the DD directors cut (see my post in the quick hits thread), butI think the problem with GR wasn’t just Mark Steven Johnson but the script as it really didn’t do anything. Nothing really happened. I definitely agree that the destruction caused by GR was awesome, and I liked Cage as JB, but other than that nothing really sold me on the world or the characters. Also Cage overdid it with the acting when he was transforming. What the hell was he swinging at when he was changing? And that laugh in the jail cell? At least in DD the supporting cast, minus Electra, was good. I liked Colin Farrell as Bullseye, and Michael Clark Duncan as Kingpin. But I completely get what you’re saying. Daredevil should have been about his radar sense and martial arts skills used to solve the crimes that slip through the cracks as Murdock, but they bogged it down in the love story.

      • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

        You and I must find a way to sip a tall one my friend. The only reason I direct my statements at Johnson are because he was the writer and director wasn’t he? for both films. I loved daredevil and thought it was a good movie just not great. The Directors cut was so much better but yeah anyway, we are in agreement. It was in hell’s kitchen but it wasn’t dark enough, not gritty enough to really pull the torment out of all the characters. My only wish for ghost rider at this point is that they do World War Hulk at some point and do the offshoot when ghost rider doesn’t punish the hulk because he is motivated by justified means of vengeance. But yeah, Only in my world would that movie happen at this point.

        • Dedpool

          Yeah Only in your head. LOL. I thought that was a great issue though. As for what another GR movie would be like, I’m liking the direction Cage is talking, but not too sure about how he’d get hooked up with the Catholic church. Thats why I said to take a cue from the current series with the renegade angels and such.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    can’t wait, first movie was good

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    can’t wait, first movie was good