At this point we’ll likely never see a rebooted ‘Ghost Rider‘ movie but if it were to ever happen Nicolas Cage would love to see an R-Rated one. The actor has long made it clear that he wishes his take on the character had been allowed to be darker and would be thrilled to see it happen going forward. With how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently set, the idea of this happening is difficult to swallow but would open up the movie to all kinds of Hellishly fun moments that couldn’t currently happen.
This would also be assuming that Marvel TV doesn’t plan on revisiting Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider which would be a shame from how quickly the character became a fan-favorite. While ABC has expressed no interest in a stand-alone ‘Ghost Rider’ show we can always hope for one appearing on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
As to the original films and what Cage would love to see if a movie did ever happen again?
“The problem is, it’s very hard to take a family of children to a movie — and they made it a PG-13 movie — about a superhero who, oh, by the way, also happens to have sold his soul to Satan. So it’s not going to be the most commercial concept or vehicle. But it certainly is the most interesting, and the most thought-provoking. I think if you look back on the movies today, they age well.
Had Ghost Rider been made in R-rated format, the way they had the guts to do with Deadpool, and they did it again today, I’m fairly certain it would be enormously successful. Having said that, I still think the movies were a hit. People don’t look at the subsidiary outlets, like DVD and streaming and whatnot. When you look at what Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor did [on 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance] for $50 million, and they got a $250 million return, you begin to see the genius of the sequel.”
Nicolas Cage would likely not be involved if Ghost Rider did come back to the big screen, but it is fun to imagine what his two outings as the Spirit of Vengeance could have been different if they’d allow R-Ratings for both the films.
Would you be interested in an R-Rated ‘Ghost Rider’ movie to be released today? Could such a character even fit into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you think that the character would have more success on the small screen? Could the Gabriel Luna version be a hit as an ongoing series or do you think Netflix being able to develop a darker one would be the preferred way to go? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Screen Rant.