GHOST RIDER sequel and new DAREDEVIL a go

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
September 24th, 2009

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The cool kids over at Slash Film have an excellent article today with enough news to keep comic book fans talking for quite some time (or, at least until something better comes along). The big news is the most head-thunkingly obvious. Columbia is going forward with a sequel to 2007's GHOST RIDER flick, starring Nicolas Cage. The only thing surprising about this move is that it took two years to happen - the first GHOST RIDER was a somewhat unexpected hit for the studio, dropped into a February release that saw it go on to make over $228 million worldwide. It still holds the first place title for President's Day 4-Day Weekend releases. Burn, baby, burn!

Cage is expected to return for the sequel, and who can blame him? In terms of Cage's career, GHOST RIDER was his number one opening of all time, and that's saying something, especially when one considers Cage's resurgence as a box office draw as of late (I'm looking at you, NATIONAL TREASURE films). The sequel is reportedly set to be based on a story written by GHOST RIDER producer David Goyer formulated a while ago. Supposedly, Goyer will pick a screenwriter to pen the actual screenplay, though he's not officially signed on to the project yet. GHOST RIDER fans, what sort of story would you like to see for the sequel?

Slash Film also points out a slightly hidden tidbit in the original article in Variety that announced the GHOST RIDER sequel. Fox is reportedly "quietly developing a new version of DAREDEVIL." New version = reboot, which means no more Ben Affleck. The 2003 film was a lackluster take on the superhero (at best), which spawned an even more lackluster spin-off with 2005's ELEKTRA. Any casting ideas for a new DAREDEVIL? I vote Zac Efron. But I always vote Zac Efron (kidding).

Interestingly enough, both the first GHOST RIDER and Affleck's DAREDEVIL were penned and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who is currently developing PREACHER. Johnson's name is not mentioned as a possible writer (yet) for either new film. Burn?

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  • Gus Daven

    im writing this comment and watching rambo 3 at the same time lol. the bookends to the rocky kovies were mr favorites of the series..and yeah rocky balboa does tug on ones heart, it was hard for me to watch at a couple of points, most notably the meathouse scene with him and paualie.

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