In a pair-up as enticing as a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE combines the rich, nutty goodness of Nic Cage with the tasty junkiness of the Neveldien/Taylor directing team. Transporting Marvel’s tortured, soul-sucking biker to Eastern Europe, the sequel has him joining forces with Idris Elba and Violante Placido to save a young boy from the clutches of Satan — here portrayed by Ciarán Hinds — and his minions. As befits a GHOST RIDER story, much road-based action ensues; as befits CRANK-masters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, much frenetic craziness gets layered onto that.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons rally together to discuss whether the Neveldine/Taylor style is enough to overcome the script’s stock elements, and whether even the extensive depth of the 3D screen is enough to accommodate a Nic Cage performance. Also: Steve gives his capsule review of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY; and what’s coming in theaters and on home video.
Whatever the merits of the film might eventually turn out to be, I think this new GHOSTRIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE trailer is worth a look.
Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Violante Placido, Christopher Lambert, and Johnny Whitworth.
Due out Feb. 17th from Marvel Knights, Hyde Park Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.
Interviewed for SEASON OF THE WITCH (opening today), star Nicolas Cage talked about reprising his role of Johnny Blaze in GHOSTRIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE.
On working with co-directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (CRANK), he expressed his enthusiasm.
“They’re not like anybody else I’ve worked with. They do things with the camera that are just extraordinary. They’re brand new. The director’s on rollerblades and hanging from wires with the camera, holding on to the motorcycle and it’s going to be really wild.”
SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE promises to be a departure from the first GHOST RIDER.
“…Very different. A completely new experience and that’s how the directors choose to see it. I mean, there’s even a new origin sequence.“
Sounds like an interesting way to start again, and hopefully the film will be a much fun for fans as the experice of making it seemed to be to the star. via the UK Press Association
On their Twitter page, GHOST RIDER: SPIRT OF VENGENCE directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (CRANK, GAMER) revealed that they began shooting this Monday on the sequel to the Marvel Comics character’s premeire film.
“principal photography on ghost rider SOV begins today!!!
idris elba, helicopters, motorcycles, russian arm and the the Transfagarasanul…. HOLY SH*T”
GHOST RIDER SPIRIT OF VENGANCE is due out in the US from Sony/Columbia on February 17th, 2012.
The screenplay is by Scott M. Gimple and Seth Hoffman from a story by David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS).
According to The Wrap, Sony Pictures has teamed up with Hyde Park Entertainment (PREMONITION), to cofinance and produce GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGANCE.
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.
Also coming out on home video this week: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CAPRICA SEASON 1.0, STARGATE UNIVERS: COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, THE SECRET OF KELLS, GRINDHOUSE SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY, and DOCTOR WHO: DREAMLAND
Tuesday, October 5 is overflowing with horror, fantasy, and science fiction titles of all shapes and sizes arriving on home video in various formats: DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes downloads. The best of the new releases is SPLICE, which arrives in two versions, DVD and Blu-ray. When it hit theatres earlier this year, Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi horror opus was a bit misrepresented by its advertising campaign, which suggested a SPECIES-type monster movie. Instead, audiences got a thoughtful science fiction film with an overlay of dark satire.
Also out this week is A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, the unnecessary (and unnecessarily dull) remake of writer-director Wes Craven’s 1984 classic. The new version is slickly made but typically soulless. Somewhat less typically, it is also almost entirely devoid of shocks and suspense. Give this one a pass.
This is one of those rare weeks when classic titles are overwhelming new releases, thanks to some deluxe editions that surpass and eclipse previous home video versions. Horror fans disappointed by the ELM STREET remake can take solace in Warner Brothers Home Video release a two-disc Blu-ray of THE EXORCIST (1973), which includes the original theatrical cut and the so-called “Extended Director’s Cut,” plus three new documentaries. The film is also being made available for download via iTunes for the first time. The extended cut is just a new name for the 2000 theatrical re-issue of the film, which at the time was dubbed “The Version You ‘ve Never Seen” – a sobriquet that hardly makes sense ten years later. Even if (like me) you have previously purchased both versions of the film on DVD (including the excellent 25th anniversary edition), you will find much worth viewing on this disc, thanks to previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage that provides an amazing glimpse at the making of this horror classic.
If your tastes run more toward fairy tale fantasy, you are in luck: Walt Disney Home Video is releasing a 3-disc Diamond Edition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, their 1991 Oscar-nominated blockbuster, which has been unavailable in any form since 2003. (This combo pack will be followed seven weeks later by a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November 23.) The 3-disc set includes one DVD and two Blu-rays. The DVD features an all-new digital restoration, three versions of the film, sing-along mode (with subtitles for the lyrics), and an audio commentary. The first Blu-ray disc includes the DVD bonus features and the three versions of the film (in high-def, of course), plus more extras, including previously unseen alternate opening and a deleted scene. The second Blu-ray disc offers the bonus features from the old Platinum Edition DVD, plus some new Blu-ray extras, including “Beyond Beauty – The Untold Stories,” “Enchanted Musical Challenge Game,” and “Bonjour, Who is This” – a game in which you use your phone to receive secret messages and guess players’ identities before they guess yours. In a move no one could ever have expected, the abysmal TROLL 2 receives a Blu-ray release this week; the format seems altogether too refined by the cheezy little movie, which has gained some cult notoriety this year, thanks to the art house release of BEST WORST MOVIE, the documentary tracing the lives and reunion of some of the TROLL 2 cast members.
MGM Home Video offers the MGM Sci-Fi Movie Collection. Unfortunately, the company’s 1956 classic FORBIDDEN PLANET is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we get one (WAR GAMES) and a bunch of forgettable duds (SOLAR BABIES, ALIEN FROM L.A. with Kathy Ireland, HACKERS with a young Angelina Jolie film, SPACE CAMP, and a WAR GAMES sequel). Apparently, bargain days have arrived this week, with several previous available titles re-released in two-packs: GROUNDHOG DAY and SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, HANCOCK and GHOST RIDER, THE GRUDGE and SILENT HILL, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA and WOLF, FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and I ROBOT, plus several others.
But wait, there’s more! Also on store shelves this week:
CAPRICA: SEASON 1.0 on DVD
SGU: STARGATE UNIVERS – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD and Blu-ray
THE SECRET OF KELLS on DVD and Blu-ray
GRINDHOUSE two-disc collector’s edition on Blu-ray
THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE COLLECTION on DVD
DOCTOR WHO: DREAMLAND on DVD
DELGO on DVD and two-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo
THE EVIL/TWICE DEAD, a two-pack of Roger Corman Cult Classics
FINGERPRINTS on Blu-ray
THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS, a deluxe edition
SISTERS on Blu-ray (no not the Brian DePalma original but an unnecessary remake)
And the list goes on and on… All are available in the Cinefantastique Online Store. Click the links below to check them out, or go here.
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).
Last night on THE LATE, LATE SHOW With Craig Ferguson, guest Nicolas Cage revealed that the GHOST RIDER sequel was going foward, and that he had just made the deal that day to reprise his role as Johnny Blaze.
At that point my digital cable froze up, but Superherohype reports that Cage further went on to confirm that CRANK directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor will be at the helm of the new Marvel Comics supernatural hero film.
On the show to promote THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (pictured, currently in theaters) Cage seemed quite enthusiastic about the role, joking with Ferguson about putting the host’s cheesey flaming skull prop in the movie, or arranging a cameo in return for the gift of the skull.
Though not a critical favorite, the box office returns on the first GHOST RIDER appear to justify another film to the players involved.
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.