PRODUCTION: Ghost Rider 2 Starts Filming November 1

By Iulia Blaga

    BUCHAREST: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,the first big American production to film in Romania since Cold Mountain in 2002, starts shooting on 1 November 2010 at Castel Film (www.castelfilm.ro ). The shooting will take place entirely in Romania and will wrap at the end of February 2011. Initially the filmmakers planned to start on 1 October.

    Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (who previously made Crank, Crank: High Voltage and Gamer) are directing. The second Ghost Rider is produced by Sony Pictures (www.sonypictures.com) and is the first film to be shot entirely in 3D in Romania. The visual and pyrotechnic effects are also a first for Romania. The team counts 200 technicians, most of them Romanian. The script is written by Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman, after a story by David Goyer. The project has a budget of 70 million dollars. Castel Film is providing facilities.

    The cast includes Nicolas Cage, Violante Placido (The American) and Ciaran Hinds (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, There Will Be Blood, Munich). The cast also includes Romanian actors Cristi Iacob, Sorin Tofan, Valentin Popescu, Constantin Puşcaşu and Ioan Andrei Ionescu.

    The filmmakers will use Castel Film's largest sound stage, the biggest in Romania, to build one of the main settings. They will also shoot on location at Sibiu, Târgu Jiu, Hunedoara Castle, Bucharest and Transfăgărăşan.

    Inspired by Marvel Comics, Ghost Rider follows the adventures of Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stuntman who sold his soul to the devil in order to save his father, and who in return morphs into Ghost Rider, a character so strong it can compete with the devil's son.

    Production Information

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Global Communications

    10202 West Washington Blvd.

    Culver City, California 90232, USA



    Directors: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

    Script: Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman, after a story by David Goyer

    Cast: Nicolas Cage

    Violante Placido

    Ciaran Hinds