Goyer Talks About his Darker, More Existential Ghost Rider

According to comic book movie go-to guy David Goyer, who right now is busy shepherding the show “FlashForward” on TV, and who has just been handed the reins to the “Ghost Rider” franchise, his take on the guy with the flaming skull won’t necessarily be a reboot of the series. That seems to make sense, considering that the franchise only just started 2 years earlier. It will, however, continue on with business as if you’ve never seen the 2007 version or, indeed, need to know anything about the first movie to “get” his sequel.

Goyer tells MTV:

“It’s not exactly a reboot. I hate to say it’s more realistic, because he’s got a flaming skull for a head, but it’s a bit more stripped down and darker. It’s definitely changing tone. What ‘Casino Royale’ was to the Bond movies, hopefully this will be to ‘Ghost Rider.’”

Awesome. I’ve always wondered what Ghost Rider leaping across rooftops parkour-style would look like. We’re gonna get that, right?

As to the setting of the sequel:

“This story picks up eight years after the first film. You don’t have to have seen the first film. It doesn’t contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we’re pretending that our audience hasn’t seen the first film. It’s as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he’s just in a much darker, existential place.”

So, then, no Roxanne Simpson? What’s a “Ghost Rider” movie without Eva Mendes’ cleavage — er, I mean, acting?

Goyer expects shooting to commence next year, with Nicolas Cage still attached to star. Cage has always been cagey (ahem) about returning to hit franchises, so I fully expect him to return.

Eva Mendes' acting talent is extraordinary.

Eva Mendes' acting talent is extraordinary.



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

    “Eva Mendes’ acting talent is extraordinary.” Yup and so is her body! But seriously I hope the go the route of the current series with angels, demons and more.

  • Dedpool

    “Eva Mendes’ acting talent is extraordinary.” Yup and so is her body! But seriously I hope the go the route of the current series with angels, demons and more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    i have the first movie on Blu-Ray, because the movie was alright to me.

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

      I own the first movie too. It wasn’t great but I actually liked Cage’s exceentric take on Blazer. He was Eivel Kneivel meets Elvis. And if they go forward with a sequel it’d be great to see how he’s become this dark charatcer after 8 years of hunting demons and avenging the innocent. There definitely coulda been more action and what a missed oppotunity with Blackheart.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    i have the first movie on Blu-Ray, because the movie was alright to me.

    • Dedpool

      I own the first movie too. It wasn’t great but I actually liked Cage’s exceentric take on Blazer. He was Eivel Kneivel meets Elvis. And if they go forward with a sequel it’d be great to see how he’s become this dark charatcer after 8 years of hunting demons and avenging the innocent. There definitely coulda been more action and what a missed oppotunity with Blackheart.

  • M-Cat

    Going darker is the only way to make this sequel successful. The first movie was ok but not great by any means.

  • M-Cat

    Going darker is the only way to make this sequel successful. The first movie was ok but not great by any means.

  • Lord Sotirod

    Going darker is the best direction for ghost rider but I mean WTF Nick Cage SUCKED and yes I said it Nick Cage SUCKED in the first movie! If you want to cast the same actor in the same role I’m all for that when it comes to Comicbook/ Videogame movies but honestly, Couldn’t they find ANYBODY better suited to fit the part then Nick Cage? Geez This better be one total true to the comicbook kickass movie or I won’t even nother to buy this one and I have bought almost every Comicbook/ Videogame movie made to date! With 1 big “BUT” that I’ve left outta my collection, The Incredible Hulk that came out in 2008 O MY Fucking God whoever cast that needed to be shot and booted the fuck outta the movie biz, The only thing that made that movie watch able were the effect and the Hulk his self they did hit that one on the head for a change but the casting still sucked! and Nick Cage does not and should not ever be cast in the role of a superhero for any self respecting comic book fan that even thinks he should you should take a look in the mirror and ask your self one thing, are you freaking nuts?

  • Lord Sotirod

    Going darker is the best direction for ghost rider but I mean WTF Nick Cage SUCKED and yes I said it Nick Cage SUCKED in the first movie! If you want to cast the same actor in the same role I’m all for that when it comes to Comicbook/ Videogame movies but honestly, Couldn’t they find ANYBODY better suited to fit the part then Nick Cage? Geez This better be one total true to the comicbook kickass movie or I won’t even nother to buy this one and I have bought almost every Comicbook/ Videogame movie made to date! With 1 big “BUT” that I’ve left outta my collection, The Incredible Hulk that came out in 2008 O MY Fucking God whoever cast that needed to be shot and booted the fuck outta the movie biz, The only thing that made that movie watch able were the effect and the Hulk his self they did hit that one on the head for a change but the casting still sucked! and Nick Cage does not and should not ever be cast in the role of a superhero for any self respecting comic book fan that even thinks he should you should take a look in the mirror and ask your self one thing, are you freaking nuts?