Nicolas Cage’s ‘Ghost Rider’ Skull Flames Out

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After nearing financial ruin, star Nicolas Cage appeared to say “yes” to any movie that was offered to him. Some hit, some miss, but the market appeared to be over saturated with the multi-talented actor. So, it comes as a shock that Cage won’t be returning to the Ghost Rider franchise, which resulted in the 2007 adaptation of the Marvel comic, as well as its sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Personally, I’m done,” he told MTV. “I’ve done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, today, I would say that I’m done.

He’s at least proud of the film, predicated you believe success is based on dollars. “Contrary to whatever the perception is, that was an enormously successful movie,” he said. “We made it for, like, $47 or $48 million dollars, and it approached $200 million. I view that as a success. I think people need to know we did that on a shoestring budget. When you look at it that way you see the enormous talent of Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor, that they were able to accomplish that.

The movie still sucks, dude.

Although he did end on a smart note: “It would be interesting if they did it with a female Ghost Rider.

We end with the question: could Cage finally be in a good place, or has his contract just ended? Most lead actors are signed on for a film’s sequel, if not multiple sequels. His exit may not be his choice, but it’s the right choice.

  • Aaron Emery

    Sadly enough the only thing the ‘Ghost Rider’ films had going for them was ol’ Nicky and his hammy acting, which I could watch all day. I’ve watched ‘Wicker Man’ several times because he’s so much fun. In fact, if I wasn’t such a square (recovering circle?) I’m sure there’s a drinking game in there somewhere.

  • cjames

    Unfortunately both attempts of the Ghost Rider films were horribly done(Mainly Sprits of Vengeance). Ghost Rider: Sprits of Vengeance was poorly written and it was like the director(s)/cinematographers were to busy worrying about doing cool shots instead of telling an actual good story. I’m waiting for the day where a good Ghost Rider film takes shape. And Cage is overrated.

  • chambertlo

    Thank you, Jesus! He was the one reason why I didn’t watch either film, even though Ghost Rider is one of my favorite Marvel characters. I hope they finally get a star that not only resembles the drawn Johny Blaze and help us forget the abomination that was Nicholas Cage’s rendition of the character. My vote still goes to Johny Depp. Once again, the movie will still be crappy if no one in the creative team cares about the franchise. Get rid of everyone and start from scratch. Better yet, let Disney make the films from now on. I’m tired of Fox and Sony ruining my childhood.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Finally, we can get a Ghost Rider reboot.