Last week, we brought you the news that "Ghost Rider 2" was closer to becoming a reality, and Columbia Pictures had begun discussion with "Batman Begins" and "Super Max" screenwriter David Goyer to work on the story for the sequel.
Collider has more details about the follow-up to 2007's "Ghost Rider," courtesy of an interview with Goyer. According to the writer, the script for "Ghost Rider 2" is based on a nine-year-old script he wrote for an R-rated "Ghost Rider" movie.
"Sony and the producers decided that they wanted to make that the sequel script," said Goyer. "So in this case, I'm coming on as producer and we're basically just doing a polish of my nine-year-old script."
Asked whether he'd be toning down the script for general audiences, Goyer said the original was "definitely written as a 'hard-R.'"
"Originally, I was writing it, Stephen Norrington was going to direct and I was going to produce it," he said. "It was a 'Blade'-type film and now they want it to be PG-13. That having been said, 'The Dark Knight' has come out. And 'The Dark Knight' was...I like to say it was skirting the bleeding edge of PG-13, and I think people feel like you can get away with a lot...not get away, but people's concepts of what a PG-13 movie can be have changed."
"There's no question we'll have to tone some things down, but I don't think we're going to have to do that much," he added.
Asked where he'll find time to work on "Ghost Rider 2" now that his new television series "FlashForward" has debuted to a very warm reception, Goyer said the fact that the script is already written means "there's not as much work involved."
"That was kind of nice to see that one come full circle after nine years," he said.
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