Many have wondered whether the screenplay—which is toning down its hard-R nature for a PG-13 rating—would 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,” said Goyer, who’s currently hard at work on his “FlashForward” television series. “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.'”
The “Ghost Rider” sequel 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,” said Goyer. “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. 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.”
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