Thinking back on the level of excitement that people had for the promise of a live-action movie based on Ghost Rider will submerge you in a sudden depression knowing now what we do about how that film turned out. And it is with that depression drowning us that difficulties arise in finding any level of excitement for the proposed Ghost Rider 2 sequel that looks to be on the way.
For those of you few who do maintain a desire to see Ghost Rider 2 happen soon, there are now a bunch of new updates to behold. Collider recently spoke to producer Mike De Luca who had a handful of information for us, including what looks like it may become the official title: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
The biggest of these news bits starts with directing: when asked about whether or not original director Mark Steven Johnson would come back, De Luca was replied that Johnson will not be returning to do the sequel and that a new director would be behind the camera. He even went as far as saying that David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Unborn) may be a possible candidate for director. Goyer would make sense because the script for the sequel is being developed around a 2001 Ghost Rider draft that the writer/director/producer scripted (Read: Sony To Use 9-Year-Old David Goyer Script For “˜Ghost Rider 2″²).
The next fairly large reveal to come out of the interview was that the Roxanne character will not be involved, and thus, Eva Mendes will not be in the film. Being someone who’s not familiar with the comics, I can’t say how the storyline goes, but apparently this movie will take place in Europe and that may factor into the decision not to use Roxanne. Still, as it was the one semi-entertaining thing about Ghost Rider, sans Mendes doesn’t quite win me over.
Those are the bigger details that were shared in this interview, but De Luca also touched on some important smaller dirty details. The plan with Ghost Rider 2 is the same as it is with most follow-ups to failed comic book films: a clean slate. In these plans to start fresh and try and win the fans over, De Luca was asked whether they would go down the desired R-rated road this time around, or if they would be sticking to PG-13. De Luca explained that the movie would have the infamous “hard” PG-13 rating, just like Lord of the Rings and The Dark Knight.
At the moment, there is no set release date planned, but De Luca does hope that the movie can get moving and in front of cameras some time in 2010. Oh, and one more little gem for all of you who are just dying to hear it: yes, there is a possibility that Ghost Rider 2 will be dressed up in 3-D.