So I'm sitting here all innocent-like, minding my own business, unwinding from a long day watching my favorite late night show
Co-Ed Confidential 3 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Tonight his guest was Nick Cage, crazy eccentric Academy Award winning actor and star of Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider comes up a lot on this show because Craig is a big, unabashed fan of the movie. He thinks it's awesome. As a result, he was excited to have Cage on his show. Craig was so excited he even had a Ghost Rider totem made for Cage. In the course of showing it off, they had this exchange which began with a reference to Craig's robot sidekick:
That's Geoff Peterson over there. He's my sidekick. He's a robot skeleton. Actually, partially inspired by the movie Ghost Rider, which I enjoyed immensly without a hint of irony. I really did.
No, I appreciate it. No, thank you. I actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit myself–
Well, you got Sam Elliot in the movie–
I'll tell you something, we're going to go for two.
You're gonna do a second one?
There's gonna be a new one. I just made the deal today.
And then Craig tries to get Nick Cage to promise to put his Ghost Rider totem in the movie, barring that could there be a part for Craig himself? (He loooves that Ghost Rider movie.)
Well, I'm not the director.
Who's the director?
Well, they're the wonderful directors… the team from Crank.
Neveldine and Taylor. They're fantastic.
Nick Cage is referring to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the writer/director team behind Crank and Crank: High Voltage, which I hear are tons of fun (they're on my NetFlix queue, get off my back, Ron!), and also the writers of, uh, Jonah Hex. They're not writing Ghost Rider 2, however. The script was done by Hollywood's go-to comic book movie scriptwriter David Goyer.
There's been a lot of talk of a Ghost Rider sequel lately — which isn't surprising considering it made $228 million in worldwide box office (not a huge hit, but not a flop, either) — and for a while a lot of the talk was centered around Cage being replaced in the title role. Then suddenly, a little while ago, all the talk was about Nick Cage coming back for the sequel. Now, it would seem, that the deal is finally done.
So, that's happening.
Watch the interview here.
Listen to the Special Edition: Ghost Rider Podcast. It's a quick one!