Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group have acquired the international rights to Columbia Pictures Ghost Rider—Spirit of Vengeance, starring Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage, Violante Placido, Ciaran Hinds, Johnny Whitworth and Idris Elba. The film is currently lensing in Transylvania, Romania and will be released in 3D by Sony Pictures in the U.S in 2012. Hyde Park International is representing worldwide rights for the film.
Ghost Rider—Spirit of Vengeance falls under Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Hyde Park Entertainment’s partnership which was formed in November 2008 to provide $250m to develop, produce and distribute up to 20 feature films over seven years – with additional financing for the production of local language and cross-cultural films.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) will direct from a screenplay by Scott M. Gimple & Seth Hoffman and Neveldine & Taylor, and a story by David S. Goyer, based on the Marvel Comic. Steven Paul, Ashok Amritraj, Michael De Luca, Avi Arad and Ari Arad are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, David S. Goyer, Stan Lee, Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Edward Borgerding, and Mark Steven Johnson. Stefan Brunner and Manu Gargi are co-producing.
The director of photography is Brandon Trost, production designer is Kevin Phipps, editor is Brian Berdan, costume designer is Bojana Nikitovic.
Imagenation Abu Dhabi CEO Ed Borgerding said, “This new addition to the Ghost Rider franchise is set to be a viscerally entertaining and dynamic film for audiences around the world.”
Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj continued, “GHOST RIDER is a terrific global franchise and we are confident the incredibly talented creative team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, along with Nic Cage, will no doubt deliver.”
Ghost Rider—Spirit of Vengeance, successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, catches up with Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) who is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter and is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.
Idris Elba plays the motorcycle-riding priest, skilled in the martial arts, who can lift Johnny’s curse if Johnny can save the boy. Violante Placido stars as the beautiful and cunning Nadya, the boy’s fiercely protective but none-too-innocent mother. Johnny Whitworth plays the sadistic criminal recruited by the devil to find the valuable boy who becomes possessed by a demonic power that rivals the Ghost Rider’s.