Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor is a writer and director. He is known for creating cult action movies such as Jonah Hex, Gamer, and Crank. He stopped by the Earwolf studios to discuss Crank on How Did This Get Made?

Guest Appearances

December 6, 2016

No matter how you feel about the films of Brian Taylor—a high-voltage assortment that includes CrankGamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance—they all, at first glance, inspire a shared singular question: how the fuck did this get made? 


Seriously. Just look at what these movies are about: 

  • To avoid dying, a British hitman must keep adrenaline coursing through his body.   
  • In a future where kids can control humans as if they were videogame characters, a wrongly imprisoned death row convict seeks freedom.
  • Years after making a deal with the Devil, a hell-on-wheels monster known as “The Ghost Rider” must save a young boy (and, ultimately, the world).

To many, these films are considered “guilty pleasures.” Yet interestingly enough, they come from an unexpectedly honest place; a desire to provide viewers with an alternative to the four-quadrant, check-the-boxes, CGI-everything Hollywood Machine. 


This underlying, upend-the-system ethos was just one the many things I learned during my conversation with Taylor. But by no means was it the most interesting. Not compared to hearing about his wild and crazy “maniac” days, the strange legacy of Gamer and what it’s really like to work with the iconic and eccentric enigma that is Nicolas Cage. 

Below is a transcript of our conversation:


January 17, 2012

We can never talk enough about Crank and Crank 2. Fortunately we found someone just as excited about the movies to chat with us: Brian Taylor, the co-writer/director of the franchise. He joins Paul and Jason to tell us about Bai Ling’s improvising, Jason Statham’s secret comedic prowess, and what that mysterious underwear stain really was. As if that wasn’t enough, he brings us the inside scoop from working with Nic Cage. We are proud to welcome Brian this week for latest HDTGM Director’s Edition!