I wish this project would die. Not even die. Just disappear, into the void, wink out of existence so that we’d never have to think about it again. But no. We’re getting a sequel we don’t want to a movie that was absolutely awful. Ghost Rider wasn’t just a bad comic book movie, it’s just a bad movie period. Bad script. Bad directing. Bad acting. Bad effects.
Bad, bad, bad.
But Hollywood doesn’t give a baby-punching fuck about that.
The only news that could possibly be conceived as good is that it’s being written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the lunatics behind the Crank movies. Now we’re learning that production starts this fall (despite Nicholas Cage being the only actor attached thus far), it’s shooting in Romania, and …
… wait for it…
It’ll be in 3D.
I, for one, am shocked. Shocked, I tell you. It seems like 3D is becoming the go-to plan for any movie that can’t stand on its own. I’d love to think that the Crank whackadoos will be able to bring some life to the character (which has had a fairly cool history in the comics). Lord knows Mark Steven Johnson’s original was a dull, boring, grindingly stupid affair that featured the second-worst villain in comic book movie history (Wes Bentley’s Blackheart is beaten only by Sharon Stone in Catwoman — but everything ever is better than Catwoman).
The original ranked fourth on our Worst Comic Book Movies list. A more engaging villain would be a massive improvement. And honestly? I think this is one of those flicks where you need to just take the leash off of Nic Cage and let him go full-crazypants.
It’s the only way.