When people hear that they’re making another Ghost Rider, the usual reaction is “why?” That’s because the first film somehow managed to make a demonic flaming-skull-headed biker badass from hell seem kind of lame, not to mention completely cheaping out on giving us an awesome Sam Elliott Cowboy Ghost Rider fight after teasing us with that ‘last ride.’ The character, however, has a strong cult following, and Batman Begins screenwriter David Goyer is hoping that he can fix things for the sequel.
“It’s not exactly a reboot,” Goyer told MTV. “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.”
Goyer also said that yes, Nicolas Cage is still attached to star as Johnny Blaze.