SDCC 2011: ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance’ Panel
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It’s no secret that in the last few years Nicolas Cage’s career has taken a turn for the bizarre and outrageous, with films like Bangkok Dangerous, Bad Lieutenant, and Drive Angry. And likewise, directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have been pushing the envelope for years with gonzo films like Crank and Gamer. So what sort of batshit insane movie could possibly come from the collaboration of these two unpredictable forces? San Diego Comic-Con audiences got a peek today with a preview of Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a sequel to the 2007 original.

The panel began with a montage showing off the gonzo shooting style of Neveldine/Taylor as they operated their cameras right alongside the stuntmen, rollerblading along with speeding cars, and hanging off swinging rigs. In fact, they proudly proclaimed they wouldn’t ask the stuntmen to do anything they wouldn’t do themselves, and vow that if any stuntmen are injured during shooting, they promise those takes would be in the film.

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor joined the panel alongside actors Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth, and of course, Nicolas Cage.

Neveldine/Taylor presented a trailer that was a high-energy schizophrenic montage of amazing stunt and camerawork, all in 3D.

During the audience Q&A, Nicolas Cage was asked which superhero he’d love to play, and he said Ghost Rider, firstly because he’s done it, and secondly he grew up reading Ghost Rider and loves playing dark characters. Idris Elba would love to play Luke Cage, and Whitworth mentioned a desire to play James Bond. Neveldine really wanted this film to be in 3D in order to throw the audience into the action, and scare them a little.

Cage said he felt the difference between the last film and this one is his character has grown more sarcastic and edgy in his newfound portrayal as the Ghost Rider himself. Johnny Whitworth plays a guy who’s a bit of a sociopath with homicidal tendencies who turns into Blackout, and gets worse.

Neveldine/Taylor seem like the pitch perfect choice to take Ghost Rider in this new direction, and i look forward to this film.


[Photos by Dave3]

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