Wednesday, November 4, 2009

David Goyer Says 'Ghost Rider 2' Not A Reboot

It was announced not long ago that "Batman Begins" screenwriter David Goyer would be working on the script for "Ghost Rider 2," based on a screenplay Goyer wrote several years ago.

Last month Goyer talked about his story a bit and confirmed he was attached to the project. He said that the film is toning down its hard-R nature for a PG-13 rating.

Many have wondered whether the new film will reboot the "Ghost Rider" franchise. MTV News put that very question to Goyer, who said that while the continuity won't necessarily get an overhaul, the tone is certainly shifting.

"It's not exactly a reboot," Goyer said. "I hate to say it's more realistic, because he's got a flaming skull for a head, but it's a bit more stripped down and darker. It's definitely changing tone. What 'Casino Royale' was to the Bond movies, hopefully this will be to 'Ghost Rider.'"

"Ghost Rider 2" is planned to "roll before cameras next year," according to Goyer, who also said that Nicolas Cage is currently still attached to the lead role of Johnny Blaze.

"This story picks up eight years after the first film," Goyer said. "You don't have to have seen the first film. It doesn't contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we're pretending that our audience hasn't seen the first film."

This reminds me of how "The Hulk" reboot was done. Same characters involved and instead of redoing an entire origin story, just briefly touching upon it to help show how the character gets from the previous story to the current one. It’s a good approach.

"It's as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he's just in a much darker, existential place."

As for where that existential place might be, Goyer wouldn't delve into specifics—mainly because he doesn't have to.

"My script is out there on the Internet," he said. "We're not changing much from it. It'll be significantly the same script."

Did David Goyer settle any of your concerns about the PG-13 rating or fears about a reboot for "Ghost Rider 2"?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: MTV News. Screen Rant

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