Say what you will about Nicolas Cage (he sure is crapping away that Oscar he won for “Leaving Las Vegas” with a string of really awful movies, dude’s going bald, and what’s up with the 9 crappy movie a year, Cagey?), but what you can’t say about Cage is that he doesn’t know a good commercial opportunity when he sees one. Hence, the “National Treasures” movie, and now, the “Ghost Rider” franchise. Yes, franchise. As in, there is bound to be a sequel to “Ghost rider”, which was something of a surprise theatrical hit, and did even better on DVD. So with a sequel all but certain, where to take the flamed skull one? How about Europe?
Cage tells IGN:
“Yes, actually we had a meeting with the studio [Columbia Pictures] about a month, maybe three months ago,” said Cage, who played biker-turned-spirit of vengeance Johnny Blaze in the 2007 Marvel Comics screen adaptation. “And we had a nice talk about that character and maybe taking him international… maybe to Europe.”
Cage continued, “Go on a motorcycle tour through Europe and he’s connected with the Church, if you can believe that. So it sort of has elements to it that are very much in the zeitgeist, like Da Vinci Code and things like that.”
Ghost Rider takes on the Church ala the Da Vinci code? Um, I don’t think I would want to see that, and neither would my 4-year old nephew, who loves the movie to Death. Seriously, Nicky, no one wants to see that. A balding Tom Hanks can run around Europe chasing Church secrets, but Ghost Rider has to fight big demons that can turn into mist or water or old European cobblestones or something. That’s just how it’s gotta be, my man.
But nevermind all that plot talk. What I, and probably every other male over 13 wants to know is, will Eva Mendes and her astounding cleavage return for the sequel, too?