Ghost Rider 2 Is A Go – At Almost Half The Price

Here’s the good news: Sony has greenlit the second Ghost Rider movie, and Nic Cage will be back as Johnny Blaze. Here’s the potentially bad: The movie’s budget may have been slashed almost in half in order to make it happen.

The Wrap is reporting a rumor that GR2‘s budget has gone from $135 million to $75 million in order to get the movie the go-ahead from the powers that be (To put that in some kind of context, the original movie cost $110 million in 2007 dollars). Part of the reason may be that Sony is only co-financing the movie (Hyde Park Entertainment is co-funding and taking international distribution as a result), although it’s equally possible that $135 million was seen as too much of a risk for the sequel to a movie that only made $115 million in the US. Part of the budget cut will come from Cage himself, who – according to the site – has taken a pay cut from $12 million to $7 million to stay involved with the production.

Sony had no comment when reached.

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Comments

  • demoncat_4

    not surprised sony is not spending as much for ghost rider. for one he is not a big gun like Spider man and two Sony is just doing the seaqual to keep ghost rider from being the next marvel character to go back to DisMarvel.

  • Kid Show Business

    There’s a problem with this post. It has the phrase “good news” and “second Ghost Rider movie” in the same paragraph.

  • Red

    Dismarvel would probably make a better movie.

  • http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com Bill Reed

    It’s a movie by the Crank guys. It’s gonna be awesome.

  • Jasonmelendez1

    Depends. Crank and Crank 2 were awesome.

    Gamer…not so much.

  • buckshot

    god i only hope it’s dark and kinda scary, not campy.

  • Xcapeclaws

    This is just a quickie to keep their hold on the movie rights. Considering how badly the first one blew, with a bigger budget and more time, I can only imagine how much of a crapfest this one will be.

  • Rich

    “Here’s the good news: Sony has greenlit the second Ghost Rider movie, and Nic Cage will be back as Johnny Blaze.”

    That’s GOOD news? I think not.

  • Pyramid

    They could actually pull this off as long as Mark Steven Johnson isn’t directing and they use ACTUAL GH villains like Blackout.

  • Anonymous

    The fact we’ve had 2 Punisher movies and soon 2 Ghost Rider movies but only one Daredevil movie is ridiculous …

  • Blasto

    There are three Punisher movies.

  • Vforzano

    I was hoping Ghost Rider 2 would be missing Cage altogether and maybe do this one with Danny Ketch, not Johnny Blaze. I like Cage in some stuff but he’s just not Johnny Blaze.

  • Yanks5179

    Blackheart WAS an actual GH villain (and they had an epic fight in Hearts of Darkness with Wolverine and Punisher). Granted, he wasn’t handled all that well in the movie, but I’d have rather had that than a vampire considering that you can’t turn your head anymore without seeing one of those! lol

  • Mhawes1973

    wish he would take a bigger cut and not be in the movie, this just has bad written all over it

  • Mhawes1973

    I agree , Cage would have made a better Dr Strange

  • Mhawes1973

    actually lesser of a budget might help this movie maybe it will force them to put more into the actual story, but unfortunately that means less GR and more Cage, and honestly the less he talks the better of he will be.

  • Mhawes1973

    actually lesser of a budget might help this movie maybe it will force them to put more into the actual story, but unfortunately that means less GR and more Cage, and honestly the less he talks the better of he will be.

  • Squashua

    The first one was so awful I actually stopped watching it mid-way.

  • http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com Bill Reed

    Gamer could have been better/crazier, but I liked it.

  • Anonymous

    I knew someone would say that, but I was referring to the modern era.

  • kalorama

    Since when is 1989 not “the modern era”?

  • kalorama

    The “smaller budget/more focus on story” intersection might make sense for a low budget indie drama, but that’s because those ar focused on the story to begin with. Don’t really see it working here.

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me you’re not serious. So you’d consider Tim Burton’s Batman, Matt Salinger’s Captain America and Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four as part of the modern era of superhero movies???

  • Mckracken

    nic Cage int worth $7 million LOL!