Nicolas Cage Could Be Too Busy for ‘Ghost Rider 2′

Monday, April 26 by


"Doggarnit. People like me."

It appears that Nicolas Cage’s crappy sequel plate is full. It looks like the cash-strapped actor may be forced to choose between roles.  From Vulture:

Insiders confirm to Vulture that Columbia is facing a ticking clock on the rights to the BBQ-skulled Marvel Comics character: Legally, if the studio isn’t in production on a sequel by November 14, 2010, the franchise automatically reverts to Marvel — which means the comic company’s new owner, Disney.
Insiders tell us that Columbia is asking Marvel for an extension. (Asking, pleading, it’s a fine line.) But time is running out. Cage has spoken about his desire to make a second Ghost Rider; the issue is whether his schedule will be free before the deadline. Disney is also hoping to get him for a third National Treasure with Jerry Bruckheimer, which could be shooting as early as this fall and would presumably earn the star a hefty paycheck. And considering Cage’s well-documented money troubles, that cash may trump his deep love of comic books.

A Ghost Rider without Nicolas Cage wouldn’t feel like a Ghost Rider film at all. That would be like The Punisher without Thomas Jane, or The Hulk without Eric Bana, or Iron Man without Terrence Howard. I can’t even imagine a world where such travesties would be allowed.

 

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