Release Date: February 17, 2012 Studio: Sony Pictures Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Screenwriter: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth Genre: Action, Horror MPAArating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language) Buy Movie Poster:Teaser Teaser (8.19.11): Flash Player
The film sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Ciaran Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the kid’s birthday.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on June 12th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film grossed $50 million domestically. It took in a bigger haul overseas, grossing an estimated $76 million, proving that Nicolas Cage still has some international appeal.
Directed by Neveldine/Taylor (Crank), the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will also be available on 3D Blu-ray, should that be your thing. And, of course, Sony will be pushing its availability on UltaViolet, too. The DVD comes bare bones, but the Blu-ray is packed with special features.
Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier – the team behind Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D – took at crack at bringing Ghost Rider to the screen. Yes, at one point in their on-going Hollywood journey they pitched a sequel to the film that might have been a bit harder. Y’know, the way a Ghost Rider film should probably be.
What audiences ultiimately wound up getting, of course, is Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
After the jump, learn more about Farmer and Lussier’s rejected pitch entitled Ghost Rider: Riders on the Storm.
Years after being merged with the demon Zarathos in a deal with the Devil, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is trying to lose himself in Eastern Europe when he encounters a gypsy named Nadya (Violante Placido) and her young son Danny (Fergus Riordan) being chased by a group of mercenaries led by Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth), who is acting as the right hand man of someone named Rourke (Ciaran Hinds), who just happens to be The Devil who turned Blaze into Ghost Rider in the first place.
To some, this follow-up to 2007’s Ghost Rider, one of the pre-Dark Knight pre-Iron Man guard of bad superhero movies, may fall into the “why did they make this?” realm of unwarranted sequels, not that we would ever want to fully throw the two-headed directing team of Neveldine/Taylor under the bus, as they’ve proven themselves to be quite clever at times, the type of ballsy and daring filmmakers Hollywood desperately needs.
After writing and directing two Crank movies and the sci-fi flick Gamer, directors (Mark) Neveldine and (Brian) Taylor finally got around to tackling an established property with Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, a film that brings Nicolas Cage back into the role of Johnny Blaze, but also has him portraying the biker from hell, the demon Zarathos aka Ghost Rider!
Taking place years after the earlier Ghost Rider movie, Blaze is now riding around Eastern Europe still plagued by the presence of Zarathos in his life but along comes a gypsy named Nadya (Violante Placido) and her son Danny who are on the run from The Devil (in the guise of Ciaran Hinds) and his mercenary henchman Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth), so Blaze is convinced by a motorcycle-riding monk named Moreau (Idris Elba) to help them.
The resulting movie includes all the action and craziness we’ve come to expect from a Neveldine/Taylor movie transposed into the supernatural world of the Ghost Rider comics.
Yahoo! Movies has debuted this new clip from Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. The film, coming to 3D and 2D theaters on February 17, was directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and stars Nicolas Cage, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.
In this gritty new vision for the character, Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Elba) to save a young boy from the devil… and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.
Marvel comics’ Johnny Blaze is returning to the big screen this month when Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance arrives on February 17th. Being comic book fans here at Shock, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at some other Marvel characters worthy of a cinematic interpretation that aren’t exactly “boy scouts.”
Inside, you’ll find a look at some of the other popular horror-themed Marvel characters we want to see in films and how they could be pulled off on the big screen.
We have three more TV spots for Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, opening in 2D/3D on February 17th, including the preview that aired during the Super Bowl.
The film sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Ciaran Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the kid’s birthday.
Head inside for the spots, some of which include new footage.