The success rate of belated movie sequels really does not bode well for the quality of the perennially delayed Ghostbusters 3. The second sequel in the popular horror-comedy series is still looking to become a reality soon, as franchise writer/star Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that casting for the pic is indeed underway.

Now Ghosbusters 1 & 2 helmer Ivan Reitman has also spoken out about Ghostbusters 3 and dismissed much of the online rumor mongering about behind-the-scenes drama involving Bill Murray, as well as some of the potential plot points in the threequel (sort of…).

Reitman’s latest directorial effort, the risque rom-com No Strings Attached, will reach theaters in less than two weeks and Coming Soon sat down with the filmmaker to chat about that Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman flick – as well as Ghostbusters 3, naturally. While in the past Billy Murray has been vocal about his increasing lack of enthusiasm for the project, Reitman told CS matter-of-factly that “[Murray] hasn’t read [the ‘Ghostbusters 3′ script]… He’s never read anything. And I just sent [the screenplay] to him. So we’ll see…”

The comedic director went on to clarify that in fact “there is almost nothing that is accurate online about [‘Ghosbusters 3′].” CS did mention the long-standing rumor about the condition of Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman in the third Ghostbusters venture – and, admittedly, Reitman did not flat out deny the idea, but did nothing to suggest that it was accurate either.

He did reiterate Aykroyd’s claims about the project, saying that “all the original [‘Ghostbusters’] characters have parts. As well as a whole bunch of new characters… it’s got a really good story, this one. Maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it.”

Ghostbusters was a massive box office success when it hit theaters back in 1984 and is still lauded for its ingenious mix of witty banter between its leads (especially Aykroyd, Murray, and co-writer Harold Ramis), clever visual F/X, and a screenplay that combines elements of both the comedy and supernatural horror genre – along with some romance between Murray and Signourney Weaver.

While Ghostbusters 2 was less of both a critical and financial hit when it arrived five years later, the sequel sat well enough with fans to keep the franchise alive. A third entry in the series has been in the making for over two decades now and looks to claw its way out of development hell at last – but will this be the next Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or a belated sequel that actually bucks the trend and proves to be worth the wait?

It’s really more a question of quality and not one of box office potential for now. There’s definitely an audience willing to pay the ticket price (even the 3D surcharge, if necessary) to see their favorite old-school comedians don proton packs on the big screen again. Now the concern is finding out if Ghostbusters 3 proves to be worth the price of admission.

Sony Pictures indicated in its casting call for the film that Ghostbusters 3 could potentially begin production by this spring, with a late 2012 release date in mind. Keep an eye out for more news on the project over the next few months.

Source: Coming Soon