Here’s the big news – the sequel to the Marvel Comics flick Ghost Rider is a go, and Nicolas Cage is back on the bike as the demonic avenger with the flaming skull, but this time it will be directed by a team with a much more unique high-octane style – Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor of Crank fame.
Cage stopped by The Late Late Show last night, one of the last stops on his promotional tour for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and host Craig Ferguson has long been a fan of the first Ghost Rider, to the point of regularly using an oddball prop of a skull wrapped in shiny tin foil and fake flames on a stick – a precursor to Fergosn’s robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson. Craig told Cage he loved it “without a hint of irony,” which prompted him to reveal the new details.
“I actually like the movie quite a bit myself,” Cage said. “I tell you something, we’re going to go for two. There’s going to be a new one. I just made the deal today.” That prompted Craig to gift Cage with the prop skull “as long as you put it in the movie.” Cage then said he couldn’t make that promise, which then prompted the host to try to trade the skull for his own part in Ghost Rider 2.
“I’m not the director,” Cage protested, before revealing that the guys at the helm are “the wonderful directors – the team from Crank, Neveldine and Taylor. They’re fantastic.”
The first Ghost Rider film was highly anticipated, but it was met with a less than stellar reception, the same tepid response that director Mark Steven Johnson had managed with his other Marvel effort Daredevil. Neveldine and Taylor, however, have a definite voice, a snazzy style and a take-no-prisoners approach that should really do the chain-wielding badass biker demon some real justice.
Ferguson’s no stranger to acting – check out his performance in Born Romantic right here on Fancast.