Nicolas Cage wants to get a rated R Ghost Rider reboot off the ground.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies recently about some of his past films, Cage admitted that making the original Ghost Rider from 2007 was tough given the restrictions of its PG-13 rating. With the recent success of R-rated comic book movie fare such as Logan and Deadpool, Cage thinks the time is ripe for Ghost Rider to get similar treatment:
“The problem is, it’s very hard to take a family of children to a movie — and they made it [Ghost Rider] a PG-13 movie — about a superhero who, by the way, also happens to have sold his soul to Satan. So it’s not going to be the most commercial concept or vehicle. But it certainly is the most interesting, and the most thought-provoking. I think if you look back on the movies today, they age well.”
“Had Ghost Rider been made in R-rated format, the way they had the guts to do with Deadpool, and they did it again today, I’m fairly certain it would be enormously successful. Having said that, I still think the movies were a hit. People don’t look at the subsidiary outlets, like DVD and streaming and whatnot. When you look at what Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor did [on 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance] for $50 million, and they got a $250 million return, you begin to see the genius of the sequel.”
While the degree to which the Ghost Rider films have “aged well” is certainly up for debate, Cage does make some good points here. Both Ghost Rider films (especially the sequel, which flirted with some pretty bonkers ideas) felt quite restricted by the PG-13 rating. Considering both films were modest hits, it’s hard to imagine that an R-rated reboot would do any worse. If anything, it would probably perform even better, especially if they were smart about it and made it on a realistic budget.
Still, there are significant hurdles to another Ghost Rider movie getting made. For one thing, Disney will own the rights once the Fox merger becomes official and it’s hard to imagine the company wanting to wade into the R-rated superhero market. Besides, it’s not like we’ve been totally deprived of an on-screen Ghost Rider since Cage’s last film, as Gabriel Luna plays the character (albeit the Robbie Reyes version) on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cage has also confessed that even if a new Ghost Rider film is made, it probably won’t star him. Fortunately, we know of another actor with some motorcycle riding experience who could fit the bill …
Source: Yahoo! Movies