The first Ghost Rider film was a major flop when it aired in 2007, so it leaves a lot of people wondering why they’re making a second one, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, five years later. The movie has a modest budget in comparison to the first, so it’s obvious that the studio doesn’t even have a lot of faith in the sequel. With Ghost Rider’s reputation and even Nicholas Cage’s string of flops, the movie doesn’t sound like it’s going to do very well.
Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are determined to give the movie a different feel, but the directors are also changing some of the mythology in order to make it more understandable. They admitted that they didn’t understand some of it last time. Taylor and Neveldine explained the new Ghost Rider move in an interview with Movieline:
“We basically completely re-envisioned the whole start of the character, and actually had to re-engineer the origin of the Ghost Rider. The whole mythology behind the Ghost Rider that existed in the comic books never really made sense to me, so we sort of had to re-engineer the entire back-story of the Ghost Rider into something new.”
Fans are sure to be upset with this change, since they are denouncing the very comic books that are making them money. Combined with the already low interest in the sequel, it leaves a lot of people wondering what they were thinking. The original movie was the origin story of Johnny Blaze as the Ghost Rider. Meant to be the Devil’s Servant, he is accidentally contracted into the deal.
The second movie is set some years after the first and while it doesn’t have the same exact origin, it’s supposed to be an evolved story. It is unclear yet, how they plan to make this work. He’s set for vengeance that much is clear; determined to fight the devil, not for his soul, but for revenge.
Getting every last detail of the comic book isn’t the best way to go about a movie adaptation in the first place. As long as Taylor and Neveldine don’t stray too far off course, this movie has potential to be better than the first.