According to Heat Vision Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the duo behind Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and Gamer, are in early negotiations with Columbia to direct Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Despite reports in April that Columbia may move ahead without him, Nicolas Cage is also in early negotiations to reprise his role as Johnny Blaze, although Eva Mendes will not be returning.
Apparently Columbia has to begin production on another Ghost Rider movie by November 14th 2010, otherwise the rights will revert back to Marvel. This means they will want to begin filming later this year. David Goyer has been working on the script and he previously mentioned that the film is set 8 years after the first film.
“I hate to say it’s more realistic, because he’s got a flaming skull for a head, but it’s a bit more stripped down and darker. It’s definitely changing tone. What ‘Casino Royale’ was to the Bond movies, hopefully this will be to ‘Ghost Rider.’ This story picks up eight years after the first film,” said Goyer. “You don’t have to have seen the first film. It doesn’t contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we’re pretending that our audience hasn’t seen the first film. It’s as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he’s just in a much darker, existential place.”
What do you think about the team behind Gamer taking on Ghost Rider? Are you interested in seeing a Ghost Rider sequel?