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"Ghost Rider is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the film stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who gives up his soul to become a hellblazing demonic vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself.
Ghost Rider was commercially released in the United States on February 16, 2007. The film grossed $15,420,123 on its opening day, while earning $45,388,836 for its opening weekend. The film's total earnings were an impressive $228,738,393 of which $115,802,596 was from the United States.
When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has a terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with the Mephistopheles, giving his soul for the health of his beloved father. But the devil deceives him, and Barton dies in a motorcycle accident during an exhibition. Johnny leaves the carnival, his town, his friends and his girlfriend Roxanne. Years later Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a TV reporter. However, Mephistopheles proposes Johnny to release his contract if he become the 'Ghost Rider' and defeat his evil son Blackheart, who wants to possess one thousand evil souls and transform hell on earth.
In May 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival, Marvel Comics announced an agreement with Crystal Sky Entertainment to film Ghost Rider with actor Jon Voight attached as a producer. Production was scheduled to start in early 2001 with a budget of $75 million. Actor Johnny Depp originally expressed interest in the lead role.
Instead of a 'hard drinking and smoking bad ass' Johnny Blaze, Nicolas Cage decided to give him more depth. 'I'm playing him more as someone who... made this deal and he's trying to avoid confronting it, anything he can do to keep it away from him.' Cage also explained that Blaze's stunt riding was a form of escape and a way to keep him connected to his deceased father, who taught him to ride. Cage rode a Buell motorcycle for Blaze's stunt cycle, and a heavily customized hardtail chopper named Grace which transforms into the 'Hell Cycle.' The Hell Cycle's wheels, made of pure flames in the comics, were changed to be solid tires covered in flames in order to give the motorcycle more weight onscreen.
Ghost Rider's skull flames were designed to become smaller and blue to display any emotion other than rage. The film's visual effects supervisor, Kevin Mack, and the visual effects team at Sony Pictures Imageworks handled the difficult task of creating computer-generated fire on a shot-by-shot basis. Ghost Rider's voice was manipulated by sound designer Dane Davis, who won an Academy Award for Sound Editing for The Matrix. Davis filtered Cage's line readings through three different kinds of animal growls that were played backwards and covered separate frequencies. Davis then amplified the dialogue through a mechanical volumizer. Director Johnson described the sound as a 'deep, demonic, mechanical lion's roar.'
In mid-July, Nicolas Cage finally signed on to make a new Ghost Rider film. The sequel, entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, started filming in November 2010 and will be released on February 17, 2012. Nicolas Cage will be reprising his role as Johnny Blaze and will now also portray Johnny Blaze in his Ghost Rider form. Crank filmmakers Neveldine Taylor will direct.
There are legal reasons this movie had to happen: If Columbia isn't in production on a Ghost Rider sequel by November 14, 2010, the franchise automatically reverts to Marvel — which means the comic-book company's new owner, Disney. And that’s not okay with Sony. Hence, an imminent deal with Hyde Park Entertainment, which would sell the right to distribute Ghost Rider abroad."
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