Ghost Rider rides again

Via Cinescape, I see that the teaser trailer for Ghost Rider has appeared on the net.I've never been a Nicholas Cage fan, but that won't be the dissuading factor in determining if I'll just wait for video. With a "hero" as supernatural looking as GR, the CGI effects have to work. This short trailer looks damn good.The other factor will be how the gravitas of the Ghost Rider story is handled. In a nutshell:
    Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stunt performer in a traveling circus, sold his soul to what he believed was Satan but was actually the demon Mephisto, in order to save the life of his friend and mentor, Crash Simpson. Blaze was bound with the demon Zarathos and transformed into a leather-clothed skeleton, his head cloaked in a sheath of flame.
The film version is already quite a bit different:
    A motorcycle stuntman, Johnny Blaze, makes a pact with a dark force, known as Mephisto, selling his soul to save his adopted father. When the bargain goes sour and the man isn't saved, Blaze is transformed into "the spirit of vengeance". The Ghost Rider.
The film is directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who brought us the disappointing Daredevil. (Not disappointing because of the Affleck-haters; disappointing because of lack of character development and plot weight in the movie. I fear the same could happen here.) Still, far too soon to get cynical (as I know I am wont to), as the film isn't coming out 'til 2007. Plenty of other films in the meantime.

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