When I first started here at ScienceFiction.com, one of my first assignments was to go review ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’. You could go ahead and read my review, but I’ll save you the time and say simply that I disliked hated loathed that movie. One of the many reasons that I was unsatisfied involved the star, Nicolas Cage, and his horrendous performance. Basically, Johnny Blaze is such a cool character, but neither film did him justice at all. (Come on. Pissing fire? Really?) So, because I felt so strongly about the second ‘Ghost Rider’ film, it’s only fitting that I get to share this joyous news.
According to an interview with Collider to promote his new movie, ‘The Croods’, Cage revealed that another ‘Ghost Rider’ film might be in the works, but he’s not going to be in it. AMEN! Though a third movie was likely since the second film somehow made $132 million before home video sales, it appears that the polarizing actor wants nothing to do with another installment. Here’s what he had to say about throwing on the leather jacket and the flaming head once again:
“I’ve said what I have to say. I don’t want to say never…anything’s possible. But I doubt, highly, that I would be in a third installment of that.”
Great news, right? Check out the video below to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth:
You know what I think? Columbia Pictures should just let ‘Ghost Rider’ film rights revert back to Marvel like Lionsgate did with ‘The Punisher’. Don’t even reboot the franchise and then let the House of Ideas handle the next one a few years down the road in order to redeem the hero on the big screen. There’s some potential left with another ‘Ghost Rider’ movie if the right people are working on it. Now that Nic Cage is no longer onboard, that’s step one to finding the right people. Mostly because we won’t have to look at anything like the following picture on the big screen ever again.
What do you think about Nicolas Cage not wanting to do another ‘Ghost Rider’ movie? Are you excited that a good film featuring the character could now be made? Or would you rather Johnny Blaze sit tight for a while and remain in the pages of Marvel Comics? Share your thoughts in the comments below!