— by ROB COX —
According to a recent Variety story, Columbia Pictures has begun serious work on a sequel to the 2007 Nicolas Cage superhero film “Ghost Rider.”
This may be good news for hardcore Nicolas Cage fans, but for anyone who saw the original “Ghost Rider” and hated it (and most people did), it’s yawn inducing at best and nausea inducing at worst.
On the upside, this time around Columbia is attempting to bring in writer David S. Goyer. Fans of the superhero genre may actually get excited, considering Goyer’s resume includes “The Dark Knight” and “Batman Begins.”
Apparently, Goyer had worked on a “Ghost Rider” script years ago and then abandoned the project for various reasons (these things happen nonstop in Hollywood). Even more interesting, according to this Hit Fix story, Nicolas Cage recently hinted that the script may revolve around the Ghost Rider being hired by the Vatican to do its dirty work.
I saw the original film and was duly unimpressed. Moreover, Nicolas Cage isn’t an actor I get particularly excited over; but his name on the marquee doesn’t constitute an automatic pass for me either (he has done a couple of outstanding films).
Since I enjoy a good superhero movie as much as the next fanboy, here’s to hoping a new “Ghost Rider” film is “The Dark Knight” of scull-burning, motorcycle-riding, chain-wielding superhero pics.
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