Blade, Ghost Rider Rumored For Netflix
Blade, Ghost Rider: Possibly Becoming Television Series?
Netflix has been blossoming in the horror genre lately. Also on that train of up-and-coming is rumored to be “Blade” and “Ghost Rider”! Although there is not yet any confirmation of the projects, the idea of “Blade” and “Ghost Rider” becoming television series is pretty exciting. Since acquiring the rights to the two film franchises, along with others, in 2013, Marvel has been heavy in the planning of the futures of these franchises. In fact, Marvel and Netflix are in the process of developing “Blade” and “Ghost Rider” as television shows.
The “Blade” franchise was first introduced to us by director Stephen Norrington in 1998.
“In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.”
“Blade” spawned two sequels, “Blade II” in 2002 and “Blade: Trinity” in 2004, and has to be, in my opinion, one of the best vampire franchises to date. If the television series follow along the storyline of the movies, this is something I can definitely be excited about. “Blade” has, what a true vampire, dark vampire film, should have, and Wesley Snipes is perfect as the lead star, Blade, a vampire-human hybrid who serves as a hero to innocent civilians by killing vampires.
“Ghost Rider” Details
In 2007, director Mark Steven Johnson brought us “Ghost Rider”. Not many people were happy with this film. I, personally, didn’t think it was bad. It was interesting to see Nicholas Cage in a different role than what I’m used to seeing him in.
“When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has a terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with the Mephistopheles, giving his soul for the health of his beloved father. But the devil deceives him, and Barton dies in a motorcycle accident during an exhibition. Johnny leaves the carnival, his town, his friends and his girlfriend Roxanne. Years later Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a TV reporter. However, Mephistopheles proposes Johnny to release his contract if he become the “Ghost Rider” and defeat his evil son Blackheart, who wants to possess one thousand evil souls and transform hell on earth.”
“Ghost Rider” spawned one sequel, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”, which wasn’t as successful as the first installment. If the television series followed along the storyline of the first “Ghost Rider”, it would be interesting to see how this plays out. Through the eyes of Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, and playing out the whole “hell on Earth” aspect. I feel a lot can be done with this, and it can be taken to greater depths. Even expanding more on the Johnny Blaze character himself and his backstory: the whole selling his soul to the devil and eventually becoming the Ghost Rider would be interesting to see played out elaborately over a television series.
Unfortunately, not much on the “Blade” and “Ghost Rider” projects are known at this time, as they’re still in the early stages of development. Updates hopefully to come in the near future.