According to SHH Columbia Pictures has set a February 17, 2012 release date for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Nicolas Cage will once again play Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider but this time Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the duo behind Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and Gamer, will direct.
Cage revealed earlier this year he will be heading to Romania and “Ghostrider has to ride up to Dracula’s castle”, which suggests he will be battling Dracula next time round. David Goyer has been working on the script and he previously mentioned that the film is set 8 years after the first one, and is a “bit more stripped down and darker”.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has no direct competition at the moment, but in the realm of superhero 2012 will see The Avengers, Batman 3, Spider-Man, and probably Wolverine 2. Columbia has wisely avoided those.