The recent BNAT screening of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, from Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, turned out to be a giant miscalculation. The audience that you’d assume was most likely to be receptive to the Ghost Rider sequel ended up hating it, and now Columbia has wave of bad buzz to overcome.

The first step in the effort to sell the movie is this new trailer, which expands upon the crazy, fiery teaser trailer that appeared a while back. Trouble is, this shows off a lot of the story and reveals that the whole movie isn’t just Nic Cage pissing fire as Ghost Rider. I don’t know about you, but all I really want out of this movie is more things on fire. (Or more things being pissed on, or fire-pissed on, etc.)

Indeed, this trailer suggests that we’ve already seen a lot of the action in the movie, by recycling all the big, crazy action beats from the teaser trailer. Take a look below. Read More »

The Comic Con footage from Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor‘s Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance was the sort of stuff that makes a guy want to type in all caps enthusiasm. Who thought a sequel to the lousy 2007 Nic Cage Marvel Comics adaptation would ever look like so much fun? What prompted the enthusiastic Comic Con response? Think crazy God of War-style chain violence, vomiting flaming bullets, and pissing fire. And that stuff is all in the just-released trailer. So check it out below and then get excited and all-caps shouty in the comments. Read More »

Briefly: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the directors of the two Crank movies, were at Comic Con to promote Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which got quite the good reception. One would think that, if that sequel hits and does particularly well, the duo might be able to jump to some other desirable projects.

And while that might happen, we might also still see a third Crank film from the directors. Efren Ramirez, who was in both films (in 2006 and 2009) also appeared at Comic Con, and he says that a third film is in the works, one which will either go forward with the character played by Jason Statham, or with someone new should he decide not to return. The video of his statements is after the break. Read More »

Devindra said it best when writing up Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at Comic Con: “this might not suck.” The beautiful thing about those big Hall H presentations is that you can feel the mood of the room swing positive or negative in real time. The Hall H audience is like a 6000-person-sized elephant, only a bit quicker on its feet, emotionally speaking. As we saw footage of the making of the film, and then some of the final product, you could feel one big, stupid collective grin forming across the giant hall.

So the Ghost Rider sequel no one thought they wanted became the Ghost Rider sequel to which many of us will be at least willing to offer a chance, thanks to the daredevil direction of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and the fact that the title character vomits bullets and pisses fire. We don’t yet have footage to embed, but in the meantime you can get a first look at the film via scans of images that appeared in the new Empire. Read More »

Having been out of the daily movie news loop for a while, I somehow ended up forgetting that Crank director’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were heading up the Ghost Rider sequel, Spirit of Vengeance. But after viewing their panel and footage of the film from Comic-Con today, I’m happy to report that the duo have successfuly brought their special brand of crazy energy to the film — so much so that I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Seemingly everything has been improved over the first Ghost Rider. Cage’s flaming skull now looks menacing, and not laughable; the action looks insane, with plenty of crazy Neveldine/Taylor camera angles; and the duo are also taking full advantage of nightmarish aspects of the character, something that they said led them to take on the project in the first place. Read More »

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Here’s the other half of the day’s comic book-related news roundup. Marvel gets the spotlight here as we’ve got a handful of minor updates on the Ghost Rider sequel; Stan Lee mentions his upcoming film cameos; there’s a small list of possible locations for The Avengers; and Bryan Singer answers fan questions about X-Men: First Class. It’s all after the jump. Read More »

Nicolas Cage is doing press for his delayed film The Season of the Witch a month before it opens on January 7, presumably to avoid the holiday season crush. Inevitably, during a couple interviews he’s talked about the sequel to Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which is currently in production with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Crank 2, Gamer) directing. Read More »

Earlier this week Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor caused a bit of confusion when he said via Twitter that “The dual role of blaze/zarathos will be a nic cage classic.” Cue minor consternation and/or excitement. Suddenly Nicolas Cage is playing two roles? Where did this come from? That isn’t quite what is happening — Nicolas Cage won’t really be playing both the hero and the villain in the film, as some have surmised. But he is going to be more fully playing the demonic spirit of vengeance that gives the film its subtitle. Read More »

‘Ghost Rider’ Sequel Budget Trimmed?

These are tough economic times we’re living, and movie studios are changing their ways in hopes of adapting. Or at least, Sony is.

As you likely already know, there’s a Ghost Rider sequel in the works—carrying the tentative title Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance—and Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are helming it. Now it’s been given the official greenlight, but there’s a snag: it’s projected budget of $135 million has been cut down to a significantly lower $75 million. Read More »

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Briefly: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) will soon be shooting the sequel to Ghost Rider. The film stars Nicolas Cage, reprising the role of Johnny Blaze, while Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth are all set to play parts.

The cast may now be getting a bit of competition for Cage’s brand of crazy. Today on the official Highlander Facebook page some Ghost Rider news came out after Christopher Lambert spoke to the page’s curator: “Lambert says thank you very much for all the kind comments! He says he is in talks now to do Ghost Rider 2 with Nicholas Cage.” No info on the role he might play right now, but this would be one of the higher-profile American pictures the actor has been in over the past few years. (Most of his work since Southland Tales has been in Europe; he was in the good Claire Denis film White Material last year, for example.)

Ghost Rider 2 will release on February 17, 2012. [via ComingSoon]