‘Ghostbusters 3′ Being Rewritten By ‘Men in Black 3′ Scribe

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Dan Aykroyd spilled the beans last week about the overdue Ghostbusters 3 script getting a rewrite. The reaction to Aykroyd’s announcement was overall tepid, in part because the actor neglected to say who exactly is doing the rewrite – not to mention, the increasing number of Ghostbusters fans who’ve stopped listening to Aykroyd’s comments about GB3.

It turns out Aykroyd wasn’t just making empty promises, though. It’s being reported that Etan Cohen has signed on to rework the current Ghostbuster 3 script draft (presumably, the one penned by The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky).

Cohen has become a fairly in-demand writer around Hollywood, following his script contributions to films like Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Men in Black III (though his draft for MIB3 was significantly reworked by David Koepp). That’s to say: Cohen’s track record isn’t all that stellar when it comes to franchise fare; he seems to do best while playing with his own toys, so to speak.

Therein lies the potential problem with Cohen signing on to rewrite Ghostbusters 3. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky have yet to wow the masses with their film screenwriting (Year One, Bad Teacher), and it’s been speculated that the pair were responsible for a subpar GB3 script that failed to win Bill Murray’s approval. Hence, Cohen will have to work some real magic, in order to produce a draft that finally wins Murray over – and, builds enough positive buzz to convince fans that this isn’t one belated franchise installment that should have just remained dormant (Indiana Jones 4, looking at you).

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Murray has recently softened his public stance towards Ghostbuster 3 - and by that, we mean he’s indicated that it’s a possibility (as opposed to, a bunch of crock). That position isn’t bound to inspire confidence from fans who’re pretty much ready to abandon all hope for a third Ghostbusters movie that features the original cast in significant capacity (much less a good one). Nonetheless, it does mean that the threequel is still staying afloat (for now).

We’ll continue to keep you updated on Ghostbusters 3 as more information is released.

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  1. for me the guy that wrote the first one should definitely write GB3, i don’t know who did but to me the first one is a classic

    • Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis co-wrote the first two movies. If they wanted to write this one, they would. (They actually did write a screenplay for a third movie about ten years ago but it was turned into the video game for 360 and PS3)

  2. Thats not looking good then, saw MIB3 over the weekend and it was for me the worst one of the trilogy, slow and lethargic and in need of a re-write anyway

    • I was falling asleep during the movie. It had alright moments here and there but for the most part it was bad.

  3. Boy, this project is becoming like a carcass at the side of the road…

  4. Meh, it would be better if they just lay this movie to rest once and for all…

  5. Why is this so hard to write? The Ghostbusters stumble upon some sort of ancient evil and must bust it before New York gets destroyed. Done.

    • What!?? You want me to try and cast it? Alright, you’ve convinced me.

      Dan Fogler as Billy Venkman, Peter’s much younger half-brother (who would have been 10 years old during the events of Ghostbusters 2). Peter (Bill Murray) could cameo with his and Billy’s father, Walter Venkman (legendary comedic actor, Gene Wilder). Ernie Hudson returns as Mayor Winston Zeddermore. David Margulies returns as President Lenny. Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, (and if they can get Rick Moranis out of retirement) should all reprise their roles and have jobs at Ghostbuster headquarters with Ray and Egon retired from the field, but still running the Ghostbusters. Then have a new generation of Ghostbusters played by comedians like Nick Offerman, Donald Glover, Kal Penn, and Melissa McCarthy. Walter Peck (William Aterton) and Jack Hardemeyer (Kurt Fuller) return as villains who want revenge against the Ghostbusters and they resurrect a demon played by Christopher Walken.

      Seriously Sony…save your money. Hire a fanboy.

      • haa that sounds awful

        • ;) glad someone replied. I would’ve wasted my life writing a script about Peter Venkman’s half brother…who is also Ray’s nephew. That’s right, Ray’s sister married Peter’s dad…that explains all that unsaid tension between them.

      • Ghostbusters 3 clearly needs to be staffed with SNL folks to feel right.

        Bill Hader, Will Forte… then ok Melissa McCarthy and Donald Glover.


        • Jason Sudeikis would also be a good fit.

  6. While I really want this movie to be made I fear anything at this point is going to be pretty bad. Maybe its time to let it die.

  7. It seems like the supernatural powers that be, just don’t want this movie to get made!

    I think Goza must be running Hollywood, script after script is toast!

  8. Isn’t this the same guy who wrote the Garfield movies? Isn’t that why Bill Murray agreed to do them, because he thought it was ETHAN Cohen (of the Coen Brothers)? If Murray knows this guy is writing it, wouldn’t he come back?
    Who knows? I’m getting sick of waiting around for this. As much as I want it, I think we should just settle for the videogame as the official 3rd movie.

    And you just HAD to put in a dig on Indy 4, didn’t you? For my money, Indy 4 was better than GB 2 and anything else these guys can conjure up at this point.

    • :P

    • wrong, Garfield’s writer was joel cohen

      • “Isn’t that why Bill Murray agreed to do them, because he -thought- it was ETHAN Cohen”

  9. This headline got me thinking: since Sony Pictures owns both the Ghostbusters and Men in Black film rights, why not do a crossover film? The great John Landis once observed “the MIB are basiclly the Ghostbusters just with aliens.”

  10. /sees dead horse……kick, kick, kick.

    Please join in :)

  11. Evolution was also Ghostbusters with aliens, I think they should just give Walter Peck his own spin off movie where he goes around New York pooping people’s parties and being a general git, then he could go over to the Maclanes house in LA at Christmas and ask the kids how they feel about their parents being held hostage just to be a complete twot!

  12. I think they should get Wes Anderson to rewrite the script, then Murray would be on board FOR SURE.

    Not that it would be a Ghost Busters movie I’d want to see, but hey, if they want it made then they gotta do what they gotta do.

  13. I don’t know why there is such a negative buzz around this film. Sequels made years after original films can be successful, and it is interesting to see how things have moved on. It just needs the right script, it needs to be funny and the characters need to be used in the correct way. Ghostbusters was such a good film, with the right ideas in place, Ghostbusters 3 could complement the franchise nicely.