‘LEGO Movie’ Directors Turn Down ‘Ghostbusters 3′

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When it comes to taking rather dubious movie concepts and making the best of them, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller seem to have mastered the art. After making their feature debut with animated culinary adventure Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the pair went on to cook up a surprisingly good movie version of 21 Jump Street and the endlessly fun toy tie-in The LEGO Movie.

If there was ever a property in need of Lord and Miller’s revival techniques it was Ghostbusters 3, a project that has been gathering dust for decades despite many efforts to get it moving. When it transpired that the pair were in talks to helm the project after Ivan Reitman relinquished the job, it seemed like just the kind of shot in the arm that the long-languishing sequel needed.

For better or worse, however, it seems that Lord and Miller have decided to pass on the Ghostbusters franchise for now. TheWrap‘s Jeff Sneider broke the news in a recent tweet, explaining that, “They were the studio’s choice but wanted to keep their options open.”

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The news is the latest in a series of setbacks for Ghostbusters 3, the most significant of which was Bill Murray’s refusal to sign off on the script or agree to star in the sequel. The project finally passed through that particular bottleneck last year, when Murray lost the franchise rights, but after so many years in development hell we’re staying wary of any promises until Ghostbusters 3 actually begins production.

According to recent reports, filming is supposed to begin some time in 2015, though it’s worth remembering that this time last year it was supposed to begin filming in early 2014. The combined efforts of Reitman and Dan Aykroyd are what have kept the idea afloat up until now, but Reitman has said that the recent death of Harold Ramis¬†somewhat dampened his passion for the franchise.

Presumably Sony will now be turning to the second choice on the director shortlist, but there’s been no indication yet as to who that might be. Hopefully the search goes well; Ghostbusters 3 will need a truly special director and cast in order to bring the franchise back to life after so many years.


Ghostbusters 3 is expected to begin filming in 2015, but no official release date has been set.

Source: Jeff Sneider

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  1. Good.
    At this point, anything to stall production of Ghostbusters 3 is fine with me.
    Let it rest. Egon is gone. Out of respect for him, they should just drop it.

    • Without Egon, it can continue without him anyway. Nothing to do with respect.

  2. Just let this project die already. I mean, the only way I see this ever happening is if Dan “please hire me” Aykroyd directs it himself.

    • Please stop. Some of us just want to see it. If you dont want to see it then dont. Thanks.

      • Well, I’m allowed to voice my opinion on the news. If you want to see it, then fine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t voice a negative opinion about a third movie.

  3. Dan Aykroyd is really ticking me off. The first movie was a grade A film, the second was a B minus at best. We all know how this trend must play out. Let the series rest or reboot it from scratch.

  4. just drop the f**kin’ thing already. the actor who played Egon died. before his death, they had SO MUCH F**KIN time to make the 3rd movie. they didn’t in part because that idiot of bill murray refused to participate. now they can blame each other for their stupidity and without Egon, it will never be the same!

  5. I’d much prefer if they reboot it with an all younger casts.
    It just wouldn’t be the same without Mr. Ramis.
    I vote NO for a sequel.

    • Wouldn’t be the same without Bill either.

  6. “Leave it alone…leave it alone…leave Ghostbusters 3 alone….RIGHT NOW!!!” :(

  7. Smells like some Hobbit trickery. Reitman not going to direct until the last minute to build up the hype.

  8. It’s an awesome idea with an awesome [original] cast & characters. I’m up for bringing the idea back to the big screen but hopefully they don’t do a rebooted origin story…Origins are so damn boring. In any case, I hope it’s visually impressive because that’s another big thing that draws people in – That and the personalities ofc.

  9. OK fine, *I’LL* direct it.