It looks like time is running out for Johnny Blaze, as Columbia is under the gun to get cracking on a new Ghost Rider film — or otherwise lose the rights entirely.
Vulture has a nice post up about what’s happening on the Nick Cage vehicle (a-heh, see what I did there?), saying that while Cage is willing to do a sequel, he might be already booked for the third National Treasure franchise. Considering the well-known comic fan is also having some major financial trouble, he’s got to get the most bang for his buck.
Might this mean that Columbia will have to get another actor to play the Spirit of Vengeance? Vulture says that’d be a bad, bad move:
But would the film work without Cage? One unconnected producer who’s worked in the comic-book genre gave Vulture an emphatic no, pointing out that the Ghost Rider character isn’t particularly well-known; any familiarity with it comes from associating the face of Cage — a worldwide box-office draw — with the title. Compare that to Iron Man 2, for which billboards all over the nation show nary a glimpse of star Robert Downey Jr. You don’t need the star to sell that movie, you just need the suit.
Yet all’s not lost on the Ghost Rider front — apparently Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman of Flashforward have written a Ghost Rider 2 script, and the studio is shopping that script around for a new director. What say you, Rama readers? You think Columbia needs to quit idling on this movie? Or does Johnny Blaze need an overhaul that only his new Disney parent company can provide?