Now that Nicolas Cage is enjoying some kind of pop-cult-popularity (witness his Colorforms and his Everyman website), Ghost Rider 2 may actually be better received than its predecessor. It may be seen as some kind of art, and not a film no one was asking for.

It's still coming, by the way. Collider caught up with producer Mike De Luca, who confirmed that they were still working with David S. Goyer's script, and that the film had a working title of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. "We have an outline that David wrote that kind of adapts his 2001 script into today's times with incorporating kind of an original idea of Nic's that Goyer thought added to the mix in good way --that we all thought added to the mix in a good way --that gets Ghost Rider into a bigger arena to kind of apply our story in." The outline has just been delivered, so it's all still in a holding pattern. De Luca then confirmed that original idea of Cage's was to take the movie to Europe. "The idea was because Ghost Rider is a unique blend of theology and action, and the character deals with the kind of battle of good vs. evil in a theological sense, that Europe you could avail yourself of a lot of religious sites ... and a history of theology as a setting that isn't available in the U.S. We wanted to kind of signal that we're as different from the first movie just because we want to be fresh and new as you can get in terms of getting away from southwestern kind of pseudo-western thing."

In addition to dumping the Western angle, Johnny Blaze will also lose his cinematic love interest, as De Luca confirmed that Eva Mendes won't return. While they hope to begin shooting this year, they're still looking for a director and hoping Goyer might be able to make room to take the job. If that falls through, may I suggest Werner Herzog? It would feel so right.