Synopsis: Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures’ and Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny – still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Screenplay by Scott M. Gimple & Seth Hoffman and David S. Goyer. Story by David S. Goyer. Based on the Marvel Comic. Produced by Steven Paul, Ashok Amritraj, Michael De Luca, Avi Arad, and Ari Arad.
We didn’t think the first one was that bad, albeit a little misguided, and the presence of Crank and Gamer helmers Neveldine/Taylor, not to mention Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer on this second installment is cause for hope. The trailer looks like it does what Marvel’s Ghost Rider does best: ride around on fire and whip the hell out of bad guys with a chain. Could we really ask for anything else?
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is in US cinemas on 17 February 2012. It does not currently have an Australia release date.