Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park International will commence sales at AFM next week on the action sequel with Nicolas Cage back in the saddle as the motorcycle stuntman with supernatural powers.
Shooting is scheduled to begin on November 2. Hyde Park Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi are co-financing the project with Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. Sony holds North American rights and will release in spring 2012.
Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze, the daredevil entertainer with a secret alter ego who holds the fate of the world in his hands after it transpires he is the only one who can save the life of a ten-year-old boy.
Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, who played George Clooney’s love interest in The American, and Idris Elba round out the principal cast.
The Crank: High Voltage pair Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are directing from a screenplay they co-wrote with Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman from a story by David Goyer.
Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael De Luca and Amritraj are producing.
Hyde Park International’s AFM slate includes the Occupant Films comedy Peep World that recently premiered in Toronto and Big Beach and Likely Story’s comedy My Idiot Brother.
Sony released Ghost Rider worldwide in 2007 and it grossed $228m, with revenue from North America and international split roughly 50-50.