Ghost Rider 2 shooting next year?

David S Goyer talks up a darker superhero sequel.

PHceaghfsqayejGhost Rider 2 is ready to start shooting as early as next year, according to writer/director David S Goyer. Speaking to MTV, the FlashForward showrunner said the following about his involvement in this follow-up superhero movie:

“It’s not exactly a reboot,” says Goyer who acted as producer on the first movie. “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 story to this sequel is hardly secret, as Goyer himself admitted that the story was available for all to see: “My script is out there on the internet.” But the man did have this to say about Johnny Blaze’s next spin on screens:

“This story picks up eight years after the first film. 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,” says Goyer before elaborating further: “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.”

The original Ghost Rider was released 16 February 2007, and managed to double its reported $110 million budget by accumulating a $228 million world gross. It was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson with Nicolas Cage in the central role. At this time there is no release date for this proposed sequel.

Hit the link to hear more from David Goyer and his work on FlashForward.