‘Zombieland’ Director in the Running to Helm ‘Ghostbusters 3′

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 1st, 2014 at 2:31 pm,

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Ghostbusters 3 has been “really happening” for the past six years, with its two most stalwart champions being the original film’s writers, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Yet, with Ramis’ passing a few months ago, the project’s future is again uncertain. Not that Ghostbusters 3 has ever been a sure thing.

First, there was the “Bill Murray factor” -  where he’s out, he’s in, he’s out again – but that was resolved when he lost his share of the franchise rights, allowing Ghostbusters 3 to move forward without him. Then Ivan Reitman dropped out as director and Ghostbusters 3 was again in limbo. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) were the latest names listed as potential directors, but this too has since fallen through.

Sony hasn’t given up on Ghostbusters 3, though, reiterating their commitment to the film and announcing plans to revise the script in the wake of Ramis’ death. And just recently – tucked inside a recent report on the Ant-Man director shortlist – was this nugget: Sony is considering Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer for Ghostbusters 3.

Of the ongoing string of names who’ve been rumored as attached to Ghostbusters 3, Fleischer is one of the most promising. Whereas his recent feature films – 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad – haven’t seen huge success, his directorial debut, Zombieland, was a smash hit and partially responsible for the recent surge in zombie genre films and TV shows.

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Looking at that film’s excellent blend of horror and comedy, it’s easy to see why Fleischer would be an obvious choice to take over helming Ghostbusters 3. And Zombieland wasn’t a film sold solely on its laughs (though there were many). Its zombie-killing action was top-notch and it featured more than few quiet moments where the cast had to reflect on the everyday horror and direness of their situation. Fleischer handled all of its many elements, and could likely perform the same juggling act for Ghostbusters 3.

Not to mention that Fleischer is clearly very familiar with Ghostbusters given that film’s presence within Zombieland. Plus, he’s had experience working with Bill Murray, were the actor ever to become a factor for Ghostbusters 3.

However, regardless of whether or not Fleischer is Sony’s top pick for a Ghostbusters 3‘s director, The Wrap says the film isn’t heading in to production anytime soon. And with Fleischer’s inclusion on the Ant-Man director shortlist, he could be unavailable when Sony wants to begin. Then again – Adam McKay (Anchorman) seems the more likely candidate for that Marvel project at the moment. (Update: Never mind!)

What do you think of Ruben Fleischer as director for Ghostbusters 3? Should Sony even continue exploring the option of a third Ghostbusters, or just let it go? Sound off in the comments below!


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

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Yeah sure.

  2. Ghostbusters 3 will be Zombieland 2. Ghosts will possess the dead to become zombies just to be killed again so that they can be caught in the new Ghostbuster’s traps. The new Ghostbusters will be Columbus, Tallahasee, & Wichita. ok im jk.

  3. Anthony rejoices!!!

  4. I was excited about this until Egon died… that kind of ended it for me. Shame on you Bill Murray, for dragging your feet on this project for so long. I’ll still go see it, if or when it does finally get made. I just can’t imagine how it could work now. I mean seriously, EGON was the one who grounded the seriousness of the actual “ghost busting” he was the technology and science, he CREATED the proton packs for crying out loud.

  5. Gangster Squad was on of the best comedies of last year, so I’d be down.

  6. I disliked Zombieland but the director is possibly for Ghostbusters 3 ? Jeez. I hope that he is not ruining it.

  7. I am convinced this movie is never going to be made. And if it ever does get made, it will be 30 years from now, long after the other three Ghostbusters have passed away. And by then, it will probably be a reboot.

  8. I also wanna mention that Ghostbusters: The Video Game was a great sequel to the first two movies. And it was even better than a third movie because it was a game (and a damn good game at that)! It was somewhat of a miracle they were able to get all four of the original Ghostbusters to do voice overs for it (inlcluding Bill Murray).

  9. I cannot wait to see it when it comes out ?

  10. Unless Bill Murray has a change of heart in the wake of Ramis’ death, we’re talking about a Ghostbusters movie with just Dan Akroyd. No thanks.

    • And Winston! Don’t forget Winston… seems like everybody always does.

  11. … just let it die…

  12. Wasn’t that interesting the first time around.

    Hollywood’s franchise slum STERILITY issue —continues to deepen.

  13. Without Ramis and Murray it won’t be the real thing. Just let it go (no frozen pun intended).

  14. Bill Murray – Why are you indecisive about Ghostbusters 3? You were fantastic in the first and second.

  15. Since Part 2 sucked so bad, I’m not that stoked about the third one, especially since Ramis has passed on.