Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
The genesis of this project was a little strange. A year or two after Blade came out, Avi Arad approached Stephen Norrington and me to do an R-rated Ghost Rider film. I was going to write and executive produce, Stephen was going to direct. We developed a modern-day Western that was hard-R. We got Nic Cage attached. Then the studio balked at doing an R-rated film. The film changed hands to Sony, who wanted to soften it into a PG-13 film. Stephen and I jumped ship… Sony made the first Ghost Rider film with Mark Steven Johnson, which I had nothing to do with. My original script was abandoned.
Then, in 2009, Sony and Mike Deluca approached me about doing a second film. This time, they decided that my long-dead original script should be the basis. But by this point, I was knee deep in Flashforward and writing the script for Man of Steel. I ended up supervising Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman (also Flashforward writers) as they rewrote my original script. Sony then ran with it and made the movie with Neveldine and Taylor. But I never spoke to the directing team or ended up having anything to do with the production.