First script details of Ghost Rider 2!

Ghost Rider haters, beware — the spirit of vengeance is returning to your screens. Nic Cage has already promised to star in the sequel, filming in Romania, and now the first script review has turned up online.

Ghost Rider: Spirits Of Vengeance is based on a story by David S. Goyer, and it'll be directed by Crank auteurs Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, so expect tons of gonzo violence. Cage has already hinted that the new film will barely acknowledge the unsuccessful first outing, although it won't contradict the first film either, and we'll see the flaming-skulled biker in a darker, more "existential" place.

According to Italian site Comicus, the sequel will pick up years after the first film, when Johnny Blaze has gone into self-imposed exile, hiding from the rest of the world. There's no mention of Roxanne, his love interest from the first film. Instead, Johnny's traveling alone, viewing his abilities as a curse — until he meets Moreau, a monk from the order of St. Michael, the warrior angel. Moreau needs someone with supernatural powers and stuntman abilities to track down a mom, Nadya, and her son, Danny, and protect them before someone named Roarke gets to them. (And Roarke turns out to be someone with an old connection to Johnny Blaze.) On the downside, it turns out to be yet another rehash of the same old Mephistopheles/Faust storyline.

More details at the links. [Comicus via Comic Book Movie]