Nicolas Cage Wants To Play A Ghost In A Japan-Set Wicker Man Sequel

Nicolas Cage has made some epically terrible movies in his career, but there are few as bad as the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man. Since the film's release it has been ceaselessly mocked (my favorite is the Beethoven's Fifth version of "How Did It Get Burned") and, to add insult to injury, the movie was a total flop, bringing in only $38 million internationally on a $40 million budget. So naturally Cage wants to make a sequel.

Empire recently got the Oscar winning actor to participate in a live chat with fans and one of the questions asked was about which role Cage would want to revisit. While the person posing the query suggested either Stanley Goodspeed from The Rock or Cameron Poe from Con Air, the star said that Edward Malus is the role that he would like the return too...but in a very different way. "I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made Ringu, and I would like to take The Wicker Man to Japan, except this time he's a ghost."

This is Nicolas Cage being completely self-aware about the bad movies he has made, yes? He's surely seen or read the intense criticisms of Neil LaBute's disaster, right? Unless he's legitimately crazy - and believe me when I say that I'm not taking that option of the table - this is probably a joke, but part of me wishes that it wasn't. Sure, no studio would ever even consider making a Wicker Man 2 set in Japan with Nicolas Cage as a ghost, but the idea is so incredibly stupid that it would at least be entertaining.

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