Devil's bounty hunter revs up again

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 February, 2012, 12:00am


In their forthcoming Marvel sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor take an entirely different approach to the original.

They carried out an overhaul - bringing a more edgy tone to the film franchise.

Yet they knew one thing needed to remain - actor Nicolas Cage as vigilante superhero Ghost Rider.

Johnny Blaze (Cage) still lives a life filled with regret and cannot come to terms with his role as the devil's bounty hunter. He lives in isolation in eastern Europe, but a secret sect of the church is looking for him in the hope that he may save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds).

Johnny must try to control the urges of the Rider within him and team up with a gang of rebel, motorcycle-riding monks to get the job done. And, in the process, he may find a way to rid himself of the curse that haunts his every waking moment.

Most of the shooting was done in Bucharest and Transylvania, in Romania, with mountain roads and ancient castles providing epic backdrops.

For Johnny's bike, filmmakers chose the Yamaha V-Max, a choice Cage backed as it was easier to handle than many other machines.

Contains violence and frightening scenes

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens tomorrow