The 3-D sequel to 2007’s GHOST RIDER has also had it’s budget reduced to a reported $75 Million, down from an original estimate of aproximately $135 Million.
Shooting in Europe, and using the efficent directing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK, GAMER) might figure into the new budget, which sounds more in line with the audience the film can be expected to attract; a very respectable showing, but not a blockbuster.
Hyde Park will have the international distrubution rights, while Sony will keep the domestic rights.
Nicolas Cage returns as hero Johnny Blaze, joined by Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds and Placido Violante.
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGANCE is being produced by Mike deLuca, Avi Arad and Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Armitraj.
Sony Pictures has not yet commented on the report, so treat this as unconfirmed as yet.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ciaran Hinds (ROME, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS) is in talks to join the cast of GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGANCE. The role? The Devil himself.
Italian actress and singer Violante Placido (THE AMERICAN) reportedly also in negotiations to play the mother of a young boy, son of Hinds’ character. Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), hiding out in Europe, wll be enlisted to stop the demonic father from possesing the child.
Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK, GAMER) plan to shoot the film for Columbia Pictures in Romania and Turkey, with a late November commencement in mind.
Neveldine and Taylor penned the screenplay, based by a story by David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS).