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Nicolas Cage to Ghost Ride once more

07.16.2010

Well, I already did a CAST THIS column about it, but it turns out that Nic Cage IS set to reprise his role as Johnny Blaze in GHOST RIDER 2 (or GHOST RIDER: THE SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE if you prefer). After the original more than doubled its production budget with revenue, a sequel was mandatory, but I have a strong feeling there’s not going to be nearly as many people as last time turning up.

It was a question mark whether or not Cage would return to the part and join CRANK veterans Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on the project, but he confirmed he would indeed by leathering up on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson of all places.

THE DARK KNIGHT’s David Goyer wrote the script, though Neveldine and Taylor will probably rework it. No details of a plot have emerged yet, nor do we know who else will show up in the film. It would also probably be a fair bet to presume that this thing will be 3D, though using what kind of tech for that remains to be seen.

Are you pumped about another GHOST RIDER with Cage? Is anyone? Maybe I’m missing some secret fanbase here I don’t know about.

Extra Tidbit: Will we see more CGI abs???

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2:53PM on 07/19/2010
Everything about this sounds great except for one thing ....... NIC CAGE! R U F**KING KIDDING ME?
Everything about this sounds great except for one thing ....... NIC CAGE! R U F**KING KIDDING ME?
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6:52AM on 07/19/2010

How about a superhero that isn't a stupid idea...

Flaming skull? C'mon!
Flaming skull? C'mon!
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6:00PM on 07/18/2010

Sure - I'll give it another chance

But I'm skeptical.
But I'm skeptical.
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11:52PM on 07/17/2010
if its goyer - then yes. if not, something wicked this way comes.
if its goyer - then yes. if not, something wicked this way comes.
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7:43PM on 07/17/2010
The first one was decent, but it had a lot of cheese that it almost ruined it entirely for me. I still think Cage is a great actor in the right roles and I am a fan of the Crank directors for what they did with those two movies. I think this one is going to be better, so my enthusiasm is positive for this one.
The first one was decent, but it had a lot of cheese that it almost ruined it entirely for me. I still think Cage is a great actor in the right roles and I am a fan of the Crank directors for what they did with those two movies. I think this one is going to be better, so my enthusiasm is positive for this one.
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8:53AM on 07/17/2010

this is probably asking for trouble...

cage is great and all, con air, bad lieutenant 2, kick ass, but not gr, it was terribly miscast. but bad casting aside it was rife with cheese. get a better script and it can work, cage is still miscast in the role, but it's already in the works so we'll just have to wait and see.
cage is great and all, con air, bad lieutenant 2, kick ass, but not gr, it was terribly miscast. but bad casting aside it was rife with cheese. get a better script and it can work, cage is still miscast in the role, but it's already in the works so we'll just have to wait and see.
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3:24AM on 07/17/2010
I am not a fan of Cage. I am excited to see how the Crank guys are going to make this though. Not a good nore bad thing to me. But something to look forwards to... so... I digg?
I am not a fan of Cage. I am excited to see how the Crank guys are going to make this though. Not a good nore bad thing to me. But something to look forwards to... so... I digg?
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11:40PM on 07/16/2010
Hey part one was not that bad, I mean it was kinda bad but not J. Hex bad. I am willing to give it a second chance they may learn from their mistakes, and fix them.
Hey part one was not that bad, I mean it was kinda bad but not J. Hex bad. I am willing to give it a second chance they may learn from their mistakes, and fix them.
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10:02PM on 07/16/2010

Didn't care much for GR 1 but.....

Under the right script and direction, this "might" work. You just never know...
Under the right script and direction, this "might" work. You just never know...
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8:48PM on 07/16/2010
Wonderful news! Nick was gr8 in the 1st film-be great to see him do Ghost Rider once again.
Wonderful news! Nick was gr8 in the 1st film-be great to see him do Ghost Rider once again.
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7:35PM on 07/16/2010

That picture...

... reminds me of Weird Al Yancovic as Rambo in UHF.

As long as Cage is involved, it will probably suck.
... reminds me of Weird Al Yancovic as Rambo in UHF.

As long as Cage is involved, it will probably suck.
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6:55PM on 07/16/2010
screw you all yes i liked the first film,yes i am a fan of Cage and yes i am as happy as a Pig in Shit.
screw you all yes i liked the first film,yes i am a fan of Cage and yes i am as happy as a Pig in Shit.
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6:54PM on 07/16/2010
Here we go again with a bunch of the joblo users acting like little brainwashed WWF fans. They see that the masses dont like the idea and they don't have the guts to oppose so they just write lame little comments stating their hate for the film while putting 100 on 10. As if Ghost Rider didn't have it's great moments like when he drove down the side of the building or when him and the caretaker rode with each other. I on the other hand always believe in second chances, people need to visualise
Here we go again with a bunch of the joblo users acting like little brainwashed WWF fans. They see that the masses dont like the idea and they don't have the guts to oppose so they just write lame little comments stating their hate for the film while putting 100 on 10. As if Ghost Rider didn't have it's great moments like when he drove down the side of the building or when him and the caretaker rode with each other. I on the other hand always believe in second chances, people need to visualise the hectic filming style of Gamer meets the amazing story of Ghost Rider. That could be pretty damn cool.
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10:42PM on 07/16/2010
GR 1 was a muddled mess of a movie that dishonored it's source material (while the comic was never high art--the 90's reboot showed the most promise). A mix of Gamer and GR also sounds double-awful, quite frankly.
GR 1 was a muddled mess of a movie that dishonored it's source material (while the comic was never high art--the 90's reboot showed the most promise). A mix of Gamer and GR also sounds double-awful, quite frankly.
6:10PM on 07/16/2010

Goyer...

What is to say they didn't learn from the mistakes of the first one? Goyer is a top-notch writer. As a guy who grew up watching Raising Arizona and The Rock, I desperately want Nic Cage to be relevant again, so I'm rooting for him.
What is to say they didn't learn from the mistakes of the first one? Goyer is a top-notch writer. As a guy who grew up watching Raising Arizona and The Rock, I desperately want Nic Cage to be relevant again, so I'm rooting for him.
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5:31PM on 07/16/2010
*facepalm*
God No!
*facepalm*
God No!
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5:30PM on 07/16/2010
This is the only actor I would have preferred Marvel replaced in a superhero role... the only one... but yet here we go again with Cage as Ghost Rider... this has no effect on me.
This is the only actor I would have preferred Marvel replaced in a superhero role... the only one... but yet here we go again with Cage as Ghost Rider... this has no effect on me.
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5:13PM on 07/16/2010

Please no...

Dear Nic Cage,

You've given us Kick Ass...please let us have this one without you. We know you love comics...but this one ain't for you. We want a really cool Ghost Rider movie that doesn't suck, and you already were in the craptacular one we want to forget. Don't remind us of it.

Please No,

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Dear Nic Cage,

You've given us Kick Ass...please let us have this one without you. We know you love comics...but this one ain't for you. We want a really cool Ghost Rider movie that doesn't suck, and you already were in the craptacular one we want to forget. Don't remind us of it.

Please No,

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5:09PM on 07/16/2010

Meh about Ghost Rider 2, but...

Craig Ferguson is the man. Just as funny and entertaining as Conan, and miles better than every other late night talk show host.
Craig Ferguson is the man. Just as funny and entertaining as Conan, and miles better than every other late night talk show host.
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4:48PM on 07/16/2010
Sounds good to me. Like, I'll wait for video. Like, as in the 6.99 Previously Viewed bargain bin at Blockbuster. But sounds good to me!
Sounds good to me. Like, I'll wait for video. Like, as in the 6.99 Previously Viewed bargain bin at Blockbuster. But sounds good to me!
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4:30PM on 07/16/2010

why??????

the first one was boring.
the first one was boring.
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4:14PM on 07/16/2010
He wasn't that good, neither was the movie. Bad idea.
He wasn't that good, neither was the movie. Bad idea.
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4:04PM on 07/16/2010

GR as Supernatural Horror Film

I posted on this topic a while back, when user comments were more in depth. Lately comments have been very sparse & minimalist.

Back when discussions pulled from more than a passing acquaintance with the long history of the source material and the mediums, in question. Lately, comments have been more Facebookish, with thumbs up, thumbs down.

But reading through the comments, I think this could work, a few schmoes have made very good/valid points.

Someone mentioned that this would
I posted on this topic a while back, when user comments were more in depth. Lately comments have been very sparse & minimalist.

Back when discussions pulled from more than a passing acquaintance with the long history of the source material and the mediums, in question. Lately, comments have been more Facebookish, with thumbs up, thumbs down.

But reading through the comments, I think this could work, a few schmoes have made very good/valid points.

Someone mentioned that this would work as a Supernatural Thriller. I agree, if some attention is spent on tone, this would better represent the Demonic Nature of the Ghost Rider. If anything is to be taken from the VERY liberal adaptation of the Hughs Brother's extremely divergent take on Alan Moore's "From Hell" or the arguably successful translation of "Hellblazer" via "Contantine" (starring Keanu Reeves) it would be to create the mood of a Supernatural world superimposed with ours. The most successful film-to-date that has accomplish this is one of my all time favs, Alex Proyas's adaptation of the James O'Barr Comic "The Crow".

I think if they continue the Legacy angle of passing on the Demon to a new Host, then this could work. I think that Nicolas Cage plays a paternal character very well, as evidenced by his portrayal of Big Daddy to Hit Girl for "Kick Ass" and every indication, so far, for his Sorcerer role, for "Sorcerer's Apprentice" seems to be pointing to the same successful Paternal Figure again translating VERY well.

So, if they do bring in Danny Ketch as the New Ghost Rider and Nicolas Cage passes on the Ghost down with Sam Elliot cameoing as the original, this could work.

However, with the Crank Folks behind the camera, this production maybe shooting for an Adrenaline rush, with unnecessary flourishes...

Is anyone else thinking about Crank's notorious Amy Smart Sex Shock Value Street Sex Scene and thinking this will be high brow and that we will see a performance from Cage matching his rather EXCELLENT scenes from "Bringing Out the Dead"?
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3:55PM on 07/16/2010

heh

THe only way i would go see this is if they had Vengence in it and he gets to kick the living shit out of Cage/Rider and Cage has to cry like a little girl.

Otherwise why bother?
THe only way i would go see this is if they had Vengence in it and he gets to kick the living shit out of Cage/Rider and Cage has to cry like a little girl.

Otherwise why bother?
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3:33PM on 07/16/2010

Good news

I thought it was one of the best - if not THE best - wigs of Nic Cage's career. Great to see it'll be making a comeback.
I thought it was one of the best - if not THE best - wigs of Nic Cage's career. Great to see it'll be making a comeback.
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3:45PM on 07/16/2010
LOL! Everyone knows Cage can't use the same wig twice. It's in his contract right under the Cocaine Clause (three ounces in his trailer at all times or he walks).
LOL! Everyone knows Cage can't use the same wig twice. It's in his contract right under the Cocaine Clause (three ounces in his trailer at all times or he walks).
3:29PM on 07/16/2010
Finally... a comic movie sequel with the same actor! It's not common these days... lol
Finally... a comic movie sequel with the same actor! It's not common these days... lol
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3:26PM on 07/16/2010

durrr...

get rid of Norton and keep Cage...


way to go Marvel...brilliant.
get rid of Norton and keep Cage...


way to go Marvel...brilliant.
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3:28PM on 07/16/2010
I agree that this isn't good news, but Marvel don't have a say in this - Columbia Pictures own the rights.
I agree that this isn't good news, but Marvel don't have a say in this - Columbia Pictures own the rights.
3:25PM on 07/16/2010

Neveldine and Taylor?


Did anyone at Columbia actually watch CRANK 2 and GAMER?

How in the name of Halle's Berry did they get the gig? They shoot every film like they're hopped up on PCP!

I'm calling it now, this film is going to be even more of a mess than the first one.

Did anyone at Columbia actually watch CRANK 2 and GAMER?

How in the name of Halle's Berry did they get the gig? They shoot every film like they're hopped up on PCP!

I'm calling it now, this film is going to be even more of a mess than the first one.
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3:34PM on 07/16/2010
GAMER was good! And anyone is better than Mark Steven Johnson.
GAMER was good! And anyone is better than Mark Steven Johnson.
3:38PM on 07/16/2010
I liked parts of GAMER, especially some of the ideas in it, but I think it could have been so much better if those guys didn't direct it. That scene with Michael C. Hall dancing? I felt like I was hallucinating when I saw that.
I liked parts of GAMER, especially some of the ideas in it, but I think it could have been so much better if those guys didn't direct it. That scene with Michael C. Hall dancing? I felt like I was hallucinating when I saw that.
7:46PM on 07/16/2010
I was gonna post the same thing until I saw your post. I don't know how these dudes get gigs like this because their films really struggle (although Gamer was probably the best one). Just focus on a great story and people will watch it and will somebody please buy these guys a tripod and a dolly!?!
I was gonna post the same thing until I saw your post. I don't know how these dudes get gigs like this because their films really struggle (although Gamer was probably the best one). Just focus on a great story and people will watch it and will somebody please buy these guys a tripod and a dolly!?!
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3:21PM on 07/16/2010
As big of a fanboy I am when it comes to Ghost Rider I was not happy with Cage being cast in the first. I will be skipping the second one (unless it gets good reviews from the masses here on JoBlo...doubt it tho)
As big of a fanboy I am when it comes to Ghost Rider I was not happy with Cage being cast in the first. I will be skipping the second one (unless it gets good reviews from the masses here on JoBlo...doubt it tho)
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3:18PM on 07/16/2010

Awful

The only way this would be worse if McG was directing.
The only way this would be worse if McG was directing.
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3:16PM on 07/16/2010

NNNOOOOOOOOOO

Guess i will be skipping this then!!!
Guess i will be skipping this then!!!
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3:02PM on 07/16/2010
Nic Cage destroys another movie. Thanks a lot dickwad.
Nic Cage destroys another movie. Thanks a lot dickwad.
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2:58PM on 07/16/2010
I'm a big Nic Cage fan personally. Even his bad movies are really fun to watch.
I'm a big Nic Cage fan personally. Even his bad movies are really fun to watch.
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2:51PM on 07/16/2010
I remember that mirror scene, and everyone in the theater laughed...and they kept laughing until the credits rolled.
I remember that mirror scene, and everyone in the theater laughed...and they kept laughing until the credits rolled.
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2:46PM on 07/16/2010

Sure

I'll be the first to admit that the first film was awful in just about every way possible. But Nicolas Cage is always watchable, even in the worst movies. So, if they're going at this differently, and it looks like they are, I'm willing to give the franchise one more shot.
I'll be the first to admit that the first film was awful in just about every way possible. But Nicolas Cage is always watchable, even in the worst movies. So, if they're going at this differently, and it looks like they are, I'm willing to give the franchise one more shot.
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2:42PM on 07/16/2010

Should have gone with Holloway...

Meh. This gig's gonna' be such a mess. Not that I care that much, but Josh Holloway should have been cast as Blaze, and they should have hit the reboot button. The first Ghost Rider was such an incredible pile of camp, crap, and unintentional comic relief. Maybe this will be better structured, sans the choppy editing. Who knows. Still say it sucks. Would have given it a chance had it been a reboot with the way more worthy Josh Holloway. Then again, would love to see Holloway as Gambit instead
Meh. This gig's gonna' be such a mess. Not that I care that much, but Josh Holloway should have been cast as Blaze, and they should have hit the reboot button. The first Ghost Rider was such an incredible pile of camp, crap, and unintentional comic relief. Maybe this will be better structured, sans the choppy editing. Who knows. Still say it sucks. Would have given it a chance had it been a reboot with the way more worthy Josh Holloway. Then again, would love to see Holloway as Gambit instead of Johnny Blaze.
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2:42PM on 07/16/2010
hopefully this movie is never made.. I kinda feel like this is just one of 45 Nic Cage projects in development and it'll die off slowly.
hopefully this movie is never made.. I kinda feel like this is just one of 45 Nic Cage projects in development and it'll die off slowly.
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2:36PM on 07/16/2010
In the immortal words of the pussified Darth Vader in Episode 3:
NOOOOO!
In the immortal words of the pussified Darth Vader in Episode 3:
NOOOOO!
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2:34PM on 07/16/2010
Fuck.
Fuck.
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2:27PM on 07/16/2010
"Are you pumped about another GHOST RIDER with Cage? Is anyone? Maybe Iím missing some secret fanbase here I donít know about."

no, no, and you're not.
"Are you pumped about another GHOST RIDER with Cage? Is anyone? Maybe Iím missing some secret fanbase here I donít know about."

no, no, and you're not.
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2:24PM on 07/16/2010
BOOOOO!!!
BOOOOO!!!
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