“Ghost Rider” sequel gets 2012 release date


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m an Aquarius. My birthday’s Feb. 17. In 2012, I’m getting a “Ghost Rider” sequel.

Nicolas Cage will be back in the saddle playing Johnny Blaze, a stunt cyclist who trades his soul to the devil and becomes a fire-blazing vigilante. It didn’t set the box office on fire, earning $115 million in the U.S. and $228M worldwide. But Sony needed to go ahead with a sequel before Nov. 14 or forfeit the rights to the character back to Marvel. So a new film has been greenlit.

Tentatively titled “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” the sequel will be shot in 3-D and, according to Box Office Mojo, arrive in theaters on Feb. 17, 2012. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (“Crank”) will direct. Right now, only Cage is set to return, though Eva Mendes easily could reprise her role as love interest Roxanne Simpson.

No word on who will be Ghost Rider’s nemesis in the sequel. We’ll bring you as much information we can find on the sequel as it develops.

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