‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Filming in 2015; Ivan Reitman Won’t Direct

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Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Ghostbusters franchise increased something fierce a few weeks ago, with the tragic passing of series writer/costar Harold Ramis (who played Dr. Egon Spengler in the first two movies).

A report emerged not long after Ramis died, revealing that Sony still intended to move forward with Ghostbusters 3 - a third installment in the mega-popular supernatural horror/comedy series that has been rumored and/or slowly developing for 25 years now – once the script had been revised in an appropriate (and, presumably, respectful) fashion. The latest update on the project confirms as much, while also shedding new light on just what form the film will take.

For starters, the latest report from Deadline makes it crystal-clear: Ghostbusters 3 will serve as a reboot of the franchise. Sony’s hope is that the project will reinvigorate the Ghostbusters brand and make it another dependable source of income for the studio in the 21st century.

Moreover, Ivan Reitman (Draft Day) – who directed the first and second Ghostbusters installments – has decided to pass on helming this new movie, as Ramis’ death has (understandably) taken the winds out of his sails, as far as Reitman’s enthusiasm for the project goes.

However, Reitman is still onboard the Ghostbusters reboot as a producer and a search is underway for a fitting candidate to replace him as director, with the hope of being able to get production started (at long, long last) as soon as Fall 2014 in New York – though, Reitman cautions, “Given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely.”

Ramis’ Ghostbusters 1 & 2 co-writer/costar Dan Aykroyd (who plays Dr. Raymond Stantz) previously said that the third installment in the franchise sees the original Ghostbusters team recruit a gang of younger scientists, in order to restart the poltergeist-catching business and keep it going for the future.

Reitman, during his interview with Deadline – which you should read to get his take on Ramis’ death and the many Ghostbusters 3 rumors that’ve cropped up over the years – didn’t confirm any explicit plot details for the project, but he did mention that “It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” as has been reported in recent weeks.

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In addition, Reitman commented on the enduring popularity of the Ghostbusters series:

“It really seems to have resonated, and I think a lot of adults who saw it when they were younger have shown it to their kids and they seem to respond much the same way. Sony sees this as a huge worldwide opportunity, and it is eager to make the film.”

According to Reitman, the most recent script draft for the Ghostbusters reboot is the one that’s been penned by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black III), who first boarded the project nearly two years ago – and received a “helping hand” from Aykroyd on the screenwriting process.

An older Ghostbusters 3 screenplay written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One, Bad Teacher) – which Reitman claims was a “really good script” despite longtime rumors to the contrary – apparently ended up being scrapped, after the project failed to grab Ghostbusters 1 & 2 costar Bill Murray’s attention (Reitman claims that Murray “never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film”).

Right now, it looks as though the new Ghostbusters movie will fall somewhere between being a “hard” franchise reboot (see: Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four) and a “soft” reboot that continues to progress story threads featured in the previous films, as will be the case with next year’s Jurassic Park installment, Jurassic World. That, as they say, is the way things are… until further notice, anyway.

Good news? Bad news? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!


We’ll keep you update on the next Ghostbusters movie as more information is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Re-boot *clap clap* re-boot *clap clap*
    Bout time.

    • I will not be watching this movie. The last ones darned-near gave me the “clap-clap”!

      • I dont understand and I dont care
        screw off sir.

      • I bet you will if it ends up on netflix!

        • Dont respond to him, itll only encourage him.

  2. Wow. You made it through an entire Ghostbusters article without mentioning the phrase “pass the torch.”

    Also, I really don’t want this movie made anymore. Dignity, Hollywood. Dignity, Aykroyd.

    • I’m with you there, man. All the way.

      You don’t cross the streams, Dan. You should know that.

    • They should make a Ghostbusters 3 instead of this, it doesn’t need to be a reboot and there are too damn many as it is.

  3. While I wanted this for a long time, I just can’tget excited about it anymore – especially now with the passing to Harold Ramis. I’m sure I’ll still go see it out of curiousity, but definitely not something I’m dying to see. I just hope Sony does a good enough job as not to ruin it for good. As for casting, I’m sure the studio is thinkin something along the lines on Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, though I’d much prefer to see them go the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn/Ben Stiller/Will Farrell direction.

    • I am not so sure on your prospects for casting. If you remember back in the day there was a cartoon called Extreme Ghostbusters, which brought back the Real Ghostbusters along with their new recruits, one of which was a girl. Now on that same thought, the most recent ghostbusters video game (which i loved btw), if you walked around the firehouse you saw alot of different ghostbusters knick knacks. One of those nick nacks was a ghost trap as depicted in Extreme Ghosbusters. My thoughts are they may go that route as they already have material to build off of, not to mention the idea was to bring in new recruits anyways.

      For those of you unfamiliar with Ghostbusters Extreme…

      • Hated the Extreme version, it just didn’t feel right at all so I gave up on it within an episode or two.

        I’ll see it when it’s on TV and I don’t have to pay any money to view it but that’s as far as it goes for me.

    • And don’t forget the casting of Micheal B.Jordan.

  4. UGH reboot, remake, rehash… JUST LEAVE IT BE! I think they’d be better off taking ghostbusters, maybe tweaking the effects with some new CGI (not too much! JUUUUUST enough to iron out some aged effects scenes) and 3D that bad boy.

    I think people would prefer to see THAT on the big screen perhaps?

    Not a half assed reboot (or whatever it’s being called)

  5. I”M SURPRISED! BIG TIME! What’s happening to Hollywood?
    Is this the same one which brought ground-breaking AND thought-provoking movies(franchises too) like Star Wars/ Jurassic Park/ Aliens/ Terminator/ etc.. (and also ‘Space odicy’/ ‘ ) to the world?

    Seems not(at least to me…) All those are Innovative & Novel! And there’s a lot more ‘Never Before’ Stunts & special effects too! Now what’s going on there? Does Hollywood got deranged? I suppose with those great minds retiring one by one(at least from helming the movies), now the Hollywood is gonna be drained. Is that what’s happening there?

    Up and Coming Great Directors are going to continue those Great Legends created by Those Great Minds! And not making new Great Legends for future? In recent Years I saw very few novel works but, rounding and rounding and rounding old works. Lot of those Works are done by Those Great Minds Who Created Great Legends Like Spielberg/ Scorsese/ Cameron/ Scott/ Burton/ Whasovskies etc… Very few like newcomers followed.

    I think guys at Screen Rant should discuss this matter too… what’s your thought???

  6. february 14, 2016 – the end of the world

    • You sound like the Mayans did back in 2012.

      • its a psychic from ghostbusters 2 who says it, its what part three should be about.

  7. So no Bill Murray (he won’t go anywhere near this movie), no Rick Moranis (he’s been retired for a decade), no Harold Raimis (for obvious reasons) and now no Ivan Reitman.

    Exactly how big a head does Akroyd have to think that this has any chance of success when none of the original talent aside from him will be involved?

    • I think I am just going to point you in the direction of ‘Blues Brothers 2000′ and let that be the answer you seek.

  8. I don’t get it. Why Sony suddenly make this project a priority ever since Mr.Ramis’s death ?

    Also what’s the difference between a ‘soft’ reboot and a sequel ?

    • I think a soft reboot is a sequel, but maybe not a sequel that was originally intended and is used to restart a franchise without making a remake.

  9. A complete reboot? Eh, thanks but no thanks.

    No Bill Murray as Peter Venkman or sadly Harold Ramis either. I’m 100% out and have absolute no interest in this idea.

    It’ll be s**t, they’ll cast 4 annoying young actors possibly a sexy 20 something female Ghostbuster too, (just to change things up for the sake of it), tonnes of CGI and over the top effects and Dan Aykroyd will make a tiny cameo as a ghost or something.

    • I could actually see Kat Dennings be in this. She has a dry humor about her in her movies. Plus she isnt some stick thin actress like Megan Fox.
      I crack up every time she says “MEW MEW!” in thor

      • Yeah, Kat could be the Venkman of the group, easily.

        I guess it’s a better idea than the rumours a decade ago when they said it would star Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller as a new team being guided by Ramis, Aykroyd and Murray.

  10. I hope its not “Remake” type reboot but rather “Stand alone sequel where you do not even need to bother watching the first two movies but it wouldn’t hurt if you did.” type reboot. Like Tron legacy was. Honestly. Why is it Disney is the only hollywood company that understands you don’t need to remake the franchise to reboot it for a new generation?


    • Meh.

  12. William S Burroughs made a good point about why it would be foolish to sell one’s soul for eternal youth. Without reproducing the profanity of his original phrasing, his idea was that to feel something you have to be there. An 80 year old in an 18 year old body isn’t actually young.
    For whatever that’s worth.

  13. I’m torn between my love of the first movies and the sense of nostalgia about them and with the desire to revisit the Ghostbusters universe.

    It’s too bad that can’t get old Bill to do anything with this movie…

  14. A thing that seems to be forgotten is that Ghostbusters 2 was really, really bad. The first one is absolute classic. Whatever they’re trying to do here will probably land somewhere in between. What can’t be re-created is the pitch perfect chemistry of the actors in the first movie. Not to mention the balance between crazy occult action, jaw-dropping (for the time) visuals, and comedy. You can’t bottle lightning twice. Leave it alone, Sony.

  15. Bradley cooper as venkman dave chappel as winston seth rogan as stantz and the guy who plays sheldon as egon lol. It would at least be hillarious with that cast

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  17. Reboots haven’t worked since the 80′s. Everybody hates them.(excluding the types that love eating poop because you tell them to.) Sony is all on board now since Harold Ramis died and they no longer have to deal with him, his views, his percentages, or figuring out how to fit him in the film. Hollywood does this every time a successful writer dies. They steal and corrupt a well known story that they don’t have to pay rights to. The same thing happened when Patrick McGoohan died with The Prisoner. It’s just about the money. They’ll make a ton even if it flops, which it will. Even if the fans are angry they’ll still make money off of the old films and cartoons. The DVD’s will still be unwrapped on Christmas morning whether they were on the list or not. If there is any decency in the cinema left, please, please stop this film from being made.

  18. b*******. I refuse to accept or review this blatant ass raping of a classic.