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Your skull will erupt into flame because this treatment for a Ghost Rider sequel was rejected

02.24.2012

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While making the rounds trying to sell their DRIVE ANGRY script, writer/director duo Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D) were asked by producer Mike De Luca to give the planned Ghost Rider sequel a go.  So they did, calling it "Ghost Rider: Riders on the Storm."  While their take was eventually rejected for the best reason a Ghost Rider movie could possibly be rejected, Farmer has been kind enough to share the pitch process and full treatment with the world via his blog.

"During one of our many meetings [for DRIVE ANGRY, Mike] De Luca, who had produced Ghost Rider, suggested we come up with a pitch for Ghost Rider 2. We said yes with much enthusiasm. So Mike set a meeting with Avi Arad that we might meet and discuss the franchise. And we had a blast. We met Avi and his son Ari (who sat with me and Tom Jane during the My Bloody Valentine premiere). We talked superheroes and what made Ghost Rider different. We talked through what villains we could legally draw from. It was a perfect meeting.

Patrick and I returned to the ghostcave and worked our magic. We decided to not only create a pitch but since there were so many entities involved (Avi, Marvel, Sony and De Luca) we would create a document we could leave behind. A doc that would represent our story, our characters and our tone. And that’s what we did.  When we returned we were pumped. We had nailed it. It may seem arrogant to say that but DUH. Isn’t that the point? Why would you ever go back if you didn’t think you nailed it? During the initial chit chat I said something along the lines of, “We know there are several entities involved here but we think we’ve found a story that fulfills everyone’s concerns.” Avi then informed me that there was only one entity that mattered. Everyone laughed. I gulped.

And the pitch was fun! We knew De Luca dug it. Later we heard that Sony loved it.  But in the end Avi passed. He said it was too violent.  Hate not getting the job but I’ll take TOO VIOLENT as the reason any day of the week."

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Farmer and Lussier's entire treatment, which is very much worth the read, can be downloaded right here.

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Extra Tidbit: If there was ever to be another Ghost Rider movie, what would be your three conditions for seeing it?
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9:02AM on 02/24/2012
Tidbit: No cage, no 3D, better story.
Tidbit: No cage, no 3D, better story.
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9:34AM on 02/24/2012
Maybe set Ghost Rider with his Johnny Blaze and his daredevil motorcycle stunt in the 1970s. And then pitch him against some sort of end-of-the-world cult carnival of sort. That might work.
Maybe set Ghost Rider with his Johnny Blaze and his daredevil motorcycle stunt in the 1970s. And then pitch him against some sort of end-of-the-world cult carnival of sort. That might work.
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11:19PM on 02/24/2012

Fuckin Avi the Douchebag Arad -_-

Read it. Damn it would have been a really hot movie. Damn assclown Arad...
Read it. Damn it would have been a really hot movie. Damn assclown Arad...
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6:38PM on 02/24/2012

Lame...

it's a crime against humanity what the new one was shit the first one wasn't anything to talk either. What happen to goyer he used to make amazing scripts back in the day. the directors weren't to blame though.
it's a crime against humanity what the new one was shit the first one wasn't anything to talk either. What happen to goyer he used to make amazing scripts back in the day. the directors weren't to blame though.
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8:24PM on 02/24/2012
The new movie isn't that bad, and is without a doubt much better than the first one. Again, we are dealing with collective pre-shitting on something, and just fanboy whining. Hopefully, we have seen the last of Cage playing Johnny Blaze, and the next try will have a better, younger, more suitable star cast, and maybe a new set of producers.
The new movie isn't that bad, and is without a doubt much better than the first one. Again, we are dealing with collective pre-shitting on something, and just fanboy whining. Hopefully, we have seen the last of Cage playing Johnny Blaze, and the next try will have a better, younger, more suitable star cast, and maybe a new set of producers.
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11:21AM on 02/24/2012

Ummm...

these dudes instill zero confidence... too much violence does not a great movie make. And Avi Arad is a tool.
these dudes instill zero confidence... too much violence does not a great movie make. And Avi Arad is a tool.
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9:14AM on 02/24/2012

Actually makes sense

Ghost Rider is NOT someone who goes around kicking ass and taking names like Wolverine or something.

Tidbit, they should follow Dan Ketch's story but with a twist. Instead of his sister dying he could have some sort of battle for her soul or something, you know to make it a contained movie story.

Also, if this ever got good and became more then one movie it would be a crime against humanity to not have Vengeance in it somewhere.
Ghost Rider is NOT someone who goes around kicking ass and taking names like Wolverine or something.

Tidbit, they should follow Dan Ketch's story but with a twist. Instead of his sister dying he could have some sort of battle for her soul or something, you know to make it a contained movie story.

Also, if this ever got good and became more then one movie it would be a crime against humanity to not have Vengeance in it somewhere.
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