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Ghost Rider Comics ‘Never Really Made Sense To Me,’ Taylor Says

Nicolas Cage has been insisting for some time now that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be “very different” from its predecessor, going so far as to include a new origin sequence. Fans of the flaming-skulled Marvel comics character aren’t really complaining, though, considering that the first movie was almost universally panned (despite that, it went on to gross almost $230 million worldwide).

Still, we have to wonder, just how different will Spirit of Vengeance be — from the 2007 film and from the Ghost Rider comics? Very, very different, it turns out, in large part because Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor couldn’t make heads or tails of the character’s roots.

“We basically completely re-envisioned the whole start of the character, and actually had to re-engineer the origin of the Ghost Rider,” Taylor told Movieline at SXSW. “The whole mythology behind the Ghost Rider that existed in the comic books never really made sense to me, so we sort of had to re-engineer the entire back-story of the Ghost Rider into something new.”

That’s not to say Spirit of Vengeance is a reboot, though.

“We’re just looking at it as an evolution,” Taylor continued. “The movie takes place years later. We’re not disowning the first movie but this Ghost Rider is an evolved form of the previous Ghost Rider. And the mythology that went behind it is stuff that never got delved into in the first movie, anyway. Like, they don’t talk about who the demon is from when Johnny Blaze becomes the Ghost Rider. We get into that and really get into who that guy is, what his story is, and what makes GR the way that he is.”

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will roll into theaters in 3D on Feb. 17, 2012.


  • Wayne

    Sounds like he needs to choose another movie to direct, then. Similar to Burton saying that having an actual athlete as Batman never made sense to him, having a director say something like that should be a huge red light to stop production until you find someone who can understand the subject matter he’s been gifted with.

  • Farson89

    Oh Jesus Christ get this man away from the project immediately, why would he make a Ghost Rider movie if by his own admission he doesn’t get the character?


  • Randy Watson

    What’s to get, exactly?

    This is going to be horrible, no doubt.

  • Guest

    Ghost Rider is HORROR, not a spandex-y superhero. He was conceived in the grindhouse. Only when a creative team figures that out will they be able to make a passable Ghost Rider movie.

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, GR’s origin in the comic themselves HAS been retooled (going from a simple demonic possession to an angelic one (?) so it isn’t like he’s doing anything new to the character. I just hope it’s something that makes sense. to wider audiencies.

  • BuckyBall

    And we all know how terrible those first Burton Batman movies were…

    Just a terrible argument here. Those movies were fantastic.

  • Sugargl1der

    If by “fantastic” you mean stylistically and visually interesting, then OK. But if you mean resonant, heartfelt and equal to the epic and deep mythology embodied by the Batman legend, then absolutely “no”.

  • Doug Ramsey

    I remember reading the Mackie 90s version and it was good enough that it seemed to have nothing to do with the original version other than appearance and basic powers and the fact that it had no real origin at all other than touching a mystical gas cap. Still enjoyed it for a while.

  • Evil_s2003

    Burn every copy of the script now. This is actually going to suck worse than the first one…which was about as entertaining as watching two over weight senior citizens having sex in a pool of jello.

  • john shupe

    Theirs always a writer that want to own the character and the rights to the comic , its seems through there own perceptions of how the plot should be played out and not go by what made the comic great to begin with.Getting a movie of the ground to the magnitude such as these Marvel take time , a lot of time and Editing,,,,, a lot of editing. Do it right . Please.

  • guessel

    I would rather say stylistically and visually overwhelming with an ingenious cast and still the best scores made for a comicbook movie yet. And all that in a time when the genre was as good as non-existing. A movie does not have to copy or explain everything from the comic to be fantastic.