Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Because the world needs Nic Cage on Crank

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are best known for directing the heart-warming, intellectually deep Crank series. They now have designs on directing Ghost Rider 2, which would bring back Nic Cage. That's the bad news. The good news:


Okay, look, nobody cares about Ghost Rider. He's like the Secretary of the Interior for Marvel Comics. If somehow the people who huffed enough glue and ate enough PCP brownies to be able to conceive of the gloriously vile Crank series are able to inject some modicum of life and fun into the character (like they inject heroin into their eyeballs) then I'm good with that, Nic Cage or no Nic Cage. The problem is, they have to get that action and shenanigans factor really, really high because nobody is going to give a wet sparrow fart about the character. He has a flaming head. Nobody says, "you know who I relate to? That skeleton-headed character who made a deal with the devil and now has a flaming head." What I've always hoped is that one day we'd see the influx of secondary characters who were treated differently than the tentpole movies. What I mean is, I want to see new, exciting, weird takes on characters I don't care about. Also, do you think we'll ever see a superhero created for the big screen? Like, you know, a new idea? Just a question. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to rewatch Nic Cage kick Leelee Sobieski in the sternum again.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Tracie Mauk said...

Wasn't "Hancock" supposed to be a superhero created for the big screen?

And then there's Woody Harrelson's direct-to-DVD superhero flick...

June 16, 2010  
Blogger Ryan said...

Actually, Tracie, Hancock is based on a novel called "Tonight, He Comes." Which is nowhere near as dirty as it sounds. And the whole angle of the Harrelson movie is that he's not REALLY a superhero. I'm talking about a full-on, rad superhero created for the screen!

June 16, 2010  
Blogger Tracie Mauk said...

There was a novel? Really? I always heard that "Tonight, He Comes" was what the original script was titled while it sat in development hell for years and later changed into what became Hancock.

June 16, 2010  
Blogger Ryan said...

Lord, you may be right. I thought it was a novel. Oh please don't let Hancock be the first, full-fledged original superhero. The second half of that movie was full of suck.

June 16, 2010  

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