‘Ghostbusters 3′ Update; ’22 Jump Street’ Directors Explain Why They Passed

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We’ve been hearing for so long that Ghostbusters 3 is going to happen (mostly from Dan Aykroyd) that it’s hard to believe that we’ve reached a point where it could, in fact, actually become a real thing. The third installment, should it come to pass, will for all intents and purposes be a reboot of the comedy/horror franchise, now that series writer/costar Harold Ramis has passed away, Bill Murray has expressed little to no interest in being involved – and even behind the camera, Ghostbusters 1 & 2 helmer Ivan Reitman has stepped down as director.

Reitman, however, is very much playing an active role in the project’s development – one that goes beyond the usual duties of being a producer, perhaps. According to an article published by Vanity Fair - one that offers an extensive look at what went into making the first Ghostbusters a reality – screenwriter Etan Cohen (Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaMen in Black 3) has confirmed that Reitman is spending “hours every week” and collaborating “really closely” with Cohen, when it comes to whipping the Ghostbusters 3 screenplay into shooting shape.

News that Cohen was hired to revise the previous Ghostbusters 3 script draft written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One, Bad Teacher), first emerged just a month short of two years ago. By this point, however, it’s likely that the current version of the script is mostly Cohen’s work, and that Eisenberg and Stupnitsky will only be receiving story credit for their contributions (if even that) – while Reitman and Aykroyd (reported to be the “writer emeritus” overseeing the project) will not be recognized for their role in the writing process.

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Oscar, Dana and the Ghostbusters in ‘Ghostbusters II’

As for plot details: prior to Ramis’ passing, Aykroyd revealed that Ghostbusters 3 revolves around four Columbia physics students, who become Ghostbusters in order to “solve [a] problem” - having to do with the dimensions of our reality being threatened… or something along those lines, which results in specters running amok in our world once again – and it seems reasonable to assume that the script rewrites since Ramis’ death, have not altered that basic premise too much. (Ramis, who worked on an earlier Ghostbusters 3 script draft, was only ever going to play a minor role in the proceedings.)

That said, Sigourney Weaver says that Reitman recently told her that the grown-up version of Oscar – her character’s son from Ghostbusters II – is indeed part of the GB3 story, as fans have long speculated would be the case. Is he one of the four Columbia students? Danny Dyson, son of programmer Miles Dyson (Joe Morton) and glimpsed as a kid during the events of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, is going to become a more prominent player as a young adult in next year’s Terminator installment, Terminator: Genesis – could it be that a similar fate awaits the grown Oscar, in the next Ghostbusters live-action movie?

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The most recent candidate to have been named by the rumor mill as a prospective Ghostbusters 3 director is Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), though just a couple months ago it was reported that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller – currently enjoying a red-hot streak that continues with this week’s new U.S. release, 22 Jump Street – were approached to take on the project, but passed on the offer. The pair have since confirmed this much to be true while being interviewed by Screen Crush - where they offered the following explanation:

“Right now, we’re just super tired and we want to take a break. We’re doing a TV show with Will Forte [called 'Last Man on Earth']. So, we don’t really know what we’re gonna do next, we just know we can’t jump into another movie like that right away. I think that there’s a good ‘Ghostbusters’ movie out there. It’s such a fun franchise. Obviously, we don’t have the same attitude as people who hate stuff before it’s even made. It’s a fun idea and it’s a fun world and I think it will work.”

The reason that Lord and Miller were able to release 22 Jump Street some four months after launching the critical/box office smash The LEGO Movie, is because they actually started working on the 21 Jump Street sequel while animation was being completed for the LEGO film (with LEGO Movie 2 director Chris McKay overseeing the process). That is to say, it’s reasonable to believe that, above all else, the pair just want to take a break for a while – something that wouldn’t gel with Sony’s reported desire to have Ghostbusters 3 in production by early 2015.

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Lord and Miller are said to be “very involved” with development on the LEGO Movie followup and the Ninjago spinoff slated to arrive in 2017 and 2016, respectively, so the pair aren’t done playing in that particular sandbox just yet – another reason for why the dynamic duo might be disinclined to jump into the world of ghost-busters, as the next challenge for them to tackle after having made the 21 Jump Street sequel.

Regardless, as Lord and Miller pointed out, there is still a fair amount of potential that remains to be mined from the Ghostbusters brand; for better or worse, that’s one of the reasons why we’re still even talking about a third live-action movie to begin with. Also taking into account the changes in the comedy landscape and quality of visual effects that’ve occurred since Ghostbusters II was released 25 years ago, and it might just be that now is a perfect time for a new Ghostbusters film to happen, at long, long last.

Now, let’s just hope that another two years don’t end up passing us by, before the arrival of the next (sorta) noteworthy update on Ghostbusters 3


We’ll continued to keep you posted on Ghostbusters 3‘s development.

Source: Vanity Fair, Screen Crush

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  1. I was against a third Ghostbusters movie for a long time. But the more I think about it, the more its seems like it could work.

  2. Whether a third Ghostbusters movie is good or bad, honestly, could it be any worse than the second one?

    • In that case, the 3rd one should be great since the second was also great (though it wasn’t as good as the original).

  3. 2 wasn’t as fun as the first, but I enjoyed them both. I’ve been wanting a 3rd since I was a kid.

  4. They should leave Ghostbusters alone, man. Just drop it, leave it be. Go watch the original again, that’s all you need.

    • No, you are wrong and if you dont liked it then go watch the original again.

      • Since when did opinions become a matter of right and wrong?

        I agree with him, I love the originals and don’t really see the need for a 3rd movie but if one gets made, I’ll wait for a trailer before deciding to watch or avoid.

  5. This situation reminds me of how long Indiana jones was in developmental hell, and we all know how that turned out. I’m reserving judgement and trying to stay optimistic, I believe there still could be life in the franchise.

    • Indy 4*

  6. Let Bill Murray DIRECT Ghostbusters 3

  7. I want to know more about this “‘Last Man on Earth’”.

  8. I thought Ghostbusters 3 was a bad idea.

    A reboot could work though, with cameo spots for the (remaining) OG cast of course!

  9. take that haters.

  10. The way i look at it is more merchandise. Its a new era prob a proton pack not by dumb matty. N a new cartoon. Im all for new merchandise.

  11. Before Harold’s death, were people against this because they feel the characters are too old, or is there another reason to say its unnecessary? I would love to see Slimer and new ghost+ghost busting…and maybe the token character can be brainy this time with his/her colleagues.

    I don’t think most people (who live mostly offline like my friends and family) know about Murray’s disapproval. My folks are too busy working and being old (unlike me, who freelances and has more time to play around the information superhighway) to keep up with industry news and interviews. Oddly enough, my friends use the internet a fair bit but don’t go to the same [type] sites as I do.

    Bottom line, if GB3 is given a sequel or flat out remade with maybe the chance for cameos from the old cast, I’m sure people would see it because it’s not often you get ghosts, humour and adventure all together at the cinema. If you don’t like it, just don’t see it I guess

  12. Im on board, it cant destroy the original… That will still be there to watch and enjoy. They have an opportunity here, Luis Tulley thinks he saved the world after GB2 (even though he did nothing :) ) and so Rick Moranis is a perfect replacement for Egon Spengler (still gutted about his untimely death)…. Perhaps Egon has retired and now lectures in California, leaving Zeddemore, Tulley, Venkman & Stanz to hand the keys to the Ecto-mobile and the PKE meter over to the next generation…. Certainly Oscar has to be one of the new GB’s

  13. I like the idea of a new Ghostbusters, I liked the cast back then and any of those characters lend continuity to the franchise if they happen to be in the movie. With a good script it could be really fun. If the zombie theme hadn’t been used so many times it could have been great or maybe they could use it in a way of massive possesion or something like that, linking it to both Ghostbusters movies. However, my big issue has to do with FX. You can accomplish anything today with great quality using CGI but I’d rather have 80% practical FX and the rest with CGI, otherwise it might look generic and irrelevant, and that was never the case with this franchise.

  14. NO THANKS! Have the two original movies on VHS, DVD, and BLU RAY!

    • Bad Luck! You’ll never get the trilogy complete on VHS xD

      • If your old you will have it on VHS like I do!