Movieline got a chance to speak to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-writer and co-director Brian Taylor about the film’s new origin scenes. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
While doing press the other week for Drive Angry, Nic Cage really big upped Ghost Rider 2, said that it will surprise people and that it re-fashions the Ghost Rider origin story. How do you go about doing that?
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.
Audiences have already seen Nic Cage become the Ghost Rider in another film, so how do you overcome the challenges of re-introducing them to an origin when they’ve already seen him take a different path with the character?
We’re just looking at it as an evolution. The movie takes place years later. We’re not disowning the first movie but this Ghost Rider is an evolved form of the previous Ghost Rider. And the mythology that went behind it is stuff that never got delved into in the first movie, anyway. Like, they don’t talk about who the demon is from when Johnny Blaze becomes the Ghost Rider. We get into that and really get into who that guy is, what his story is, and what makes GR the way that he is.
You can read the full interview here! Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is scheduled to hit 3D and 2D theaters on February 17, 2012.