'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'—Pics

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From Empire magazine via SuperheroHype comes these two official (one presumes) pictures from GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE.
 
This new Ghost Rider film takes Marvel Comics’ Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) to Europe where he’s driven towards thwarting the plans of the Devil to become incarate.
Directed by Mark Neveldine and  Brian Taylor (CRANK) from a story by David S. Goyer and screenplay by Scott M. Gimple and Seth HoffmanSeth Hoffman screenplay.
Also starring Ciarán Hinds, Johnny Whitworth (CSI: MIAMI) as Blackout, Idris Elba, Violante Placido, and Christopher Lambert.
From EMPIRE Magazine
From EMPIRE Magazine

Due out Feb, 17th, 2012 from Columbia Pictures Studio, the film is not a direct sequel to 2007’s GHOST RIDER, but a kind of “soft reboot”, keeping lead actor Cage, taking place “eight years later”, but more or less ignoring the details of the first film. 
Shot in various Eastern European  locations, notably Romania and  Turkey, it remains to be seen if the relatively modest-budgeted film will find more favor with fans than the inital cinematic outing.

'Ghost Rider 2' Cage & 'Crank' Directors?

GhostRIDERka The Hollywood Reporter says that Nicolas Cage is in “early negotiations” to return as Johnny Blaze in GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGENCE.
CRANK writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are said to be in talks with Columbia to direct the film, which has a script written by David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS). The duo also wrote JONAH HEX (2010), which bows this Friday.
Cage’s first outing as the supernatural Marvel Comics hero had a mixed critical and fan response, but grossed nearly $230 Million worldwide.
Negotiations are still in the early stages, but the article says that Sony/Columbia hopes to begin production by late fall, in order to keep the film rights and fit Nicolas Cage’s availability.
It’s unknown at this point whether any of the other characters introduced in GHOST RIDER (2007) will be included in the sequel.
Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael De Luca and Steven Paul are producing.
David Goyer and GHOST RIDER director Mark Steven Johnson are invovlved as executive producers.
I thought the first film was decent enough, though it had a kind of TV movie feel at times, outside of the big FX set-pieces.