With Halloween soon approaching, it seems as though this week we are overrun with new information regarding what the status is of Ghostbusters 3. While some of it may be new information, one has to sift through a majority of regurgitated old information as well as general speculation to find it. This week is no different as we bring you news (and rumors) on the status of our favorite paranormal exterminators from Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman.
We’ve got Reitman telling us that it’s “more positive than negative”, Murray saying that there’s no script and, for the first time, Aykroyd being less than optimistic by stating it’s all talk until they get green lit and are giving a production number.
There’s also this rumor that there’s no funding for Ghostbusters 3, but we’ll that we’ll get to later.
With all of this information, I figured the easiest way to absorb it all would be split it up into their own respective categories.
Last weekend, our favorite producer was in Spain to attend the 42nd Sitges Film Festival and with Ivan Reitman comes Ghostbusters talk, especially after last week when Bloody Disgusting reported that they have (in some way) confirmed that he is “100% committed” to direct the Ghostbusters threequel. While he has yet to confirm or deny that report, he did have some have some tid-bits for us fans to speculate on.
“For the first time possibilities are more positive than negative. Before we needed some twist to be able to make it, now if there isn’t any other major change we will do it. It’s never easy to bring all these people to an agreement on something, but now there’s a script, a definitive one, complete and approved.”
Continuing to add fuel to Aykroyd’s statements last week that all of the original cast will be involved, Reitman comments on our beloved tenant whose hobbies include floating above her covers… Four feet above her covers!
“The project needs the presence of everyone, including Sigourney Weaver!”
While Sigourney Weaver had initially declined to be a part of this summer’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, she attempted to jump in on the project later on, but since they were too far into production, they weren’t able to include her. Sad for us fans, but at least we know she’s still interested in playing the part of bass-playing stool sample collector, Dana Barrett.
Those hoping to find out anything about the plot are out of luck as Reitman vows that he “will never tell you what’s like.” (Sure, he says that know, but let’s see how tight lipped he is after I slip him a couple Abe Lincolns in his pocket.)
In hopes to relieve fans that they’re looking to make a good movie instead of just a money grab, Reitman touches upon Ghostbusters 2 to explain his intentions with a third film.
“The second movie was some kind of exploitation of the first but was too heavily based on special effects, in that way losing grip on what were the driving forces of the first: characters and jokes. This is something I still regret and now I’d like to pay tribute to those wonderful characters with this new one.”
This week, Mr. Vekeman was in England for the premiere of the upcoming Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr Fox and while walking the red carpet, someone must have said the magic word (please) as Murray opens up about the status (or lack their of ) of another Ghostbusters.
“I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve seen a guy talk about the end of the world a couple of years back, but I haven’t seen that either. So, I’m not going to believe the Ghostbusters story until I see the script.”
That statement conflicts against other reports which say that all parties have approved of the script. Since Murray is part of the rights holders in Ghostbusters, he has to sign off on it. Although, the general consensus is that he’s referring to a green-lit script rather than the existence of one at all.
Still, script aside, Murray doesn’t sound like he’s all that ready to strap on the proton pack again. Not yet, at least.
“I don’t want to do it yet. There’s still no script. It’s just a bunch of talk. It’s just a wish list for someone. Until there’s a really good script I’ll stay at home and play snooker… There has to be a serious script before I leave the house.”
While one may believe that all we need is a green-lit script to get Murray on board, he continues to add that he’s going to need more than that before he signs on.
“If it’s really good [I’ll do it]. It’s got to be really good. I’m not going to make one just to make another one. We made a second one, it was ok, but it wasn’t as good as the first one.”
Blizzamm (made that word up myself. Copyright!), another stab at Ghostbusters 2. All this hating on Ghostbusters 2 is really starting to make me regret taking apart my NES Advantage so that I could pretend to control the Statue of Liberty. (Never did work. Although, to be fair, I was missing the mood slime & Jackie Wilson.)
The folks over at HoundsTV gave us the heads up that Mr. Raymond Stantz was in Canada this week to help promote his father’s book, A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters. During the Q&A, reporters were allowed to ask one question and the folks from HoundsTV made the decision any fan would and asked him of the status of his beloved franchise. This time, Aykroyd was not as enthusiastic of its status.
“It’s all talk until I have the following: b117b3x9. That’s a production number. When I see a production number… I know I’m in the picture business again.”
Still, Aykroyd does step in to give another contradiction to Murray’s statement.
“We have a script, but we don’t have a PN (production number) number.”
While it’s not much, it’s something and for fans that have been waiting over 10 years for Ghostbusters 3 to happen, something is good.
With all this Ghostbusters 3 news floating around, you’ve got to expect at least a couple of rumors to come along with it and in this case we’ve got other sites reporting that that Aykroyd, at the same press event in Canada, had stated Ghostbusters 3 is being held up because funds from the studio have “dried up.”
I’m happy to report that after following up with the folks over at HoundTV that this is not the case at all. While they were only allowed to ask Aykroyd one question, they ran into him later and followed up with a question asking him “Does the Hollywood recession or the difficulties studios are having getting money and funding films have anything to do with why Ghostbusters 3 isn’t a go yet?” Aykroyds response to the question was that generally “It has hurt every film” and not Ghostbusters 3 in specific.
Ghostbusters is one of the most important franchises that Sony owns and I’m sure that if everything was in its place, Sony would have no problem writing a check. Especially with the success of Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
So, there you have it. All the Ghostbusters 3 news you could want and more. After spending all this time writing about Ghostbusters, I think I might pop the DVD in. (Although I won’t because this weekend I have to catch up on my Canadian teenage mellow-drama, Degrassi: The Next Generation. I’m 2 seasons and a made-for-TV behind. Just don’t tell anyone. I have a reputation to uphold.)
We’ll make sure to bring Ghostbusters 3 news (and bust any rumors) as it comes.