Director Ivan Reitman recently did a news conference in L.A. addressing the new Ghostbusters Blu-ray, video game and much anticipated sequel, Ghostbusters 3. News has recently come out that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson have agreed do the film and reports of Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku as possible newcomers have surfaced as well.

Could it be that the planets are aligned just right and now is the time to move forward with Ghostbusters 3? Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters 1 and 2, seems to think so:

We’re going to get a screenplay in a short time. We’re going to see how it is. There’s something in the zeitgeist of the world right now that it feels appropriate. There are some very talented people writing the screenplay. All of our fingers are crossed.

Reitman says he thinks the combination of the video game and Blu-ray release have helped “awaken the thirst” of the creators, along with the fact that people still seem to be very interested in the material. This has made Ghostbusters 3 a real possibility. He went on to say that he doesn’t want to disappoint fans with the new film and that he wants it to be as good as the original. To accomplish that goal, he says:

The most important thing is that the script be good. I think we can find actors who can join the original group of actors to make something special of it.

Dan Aykroyd said a couple of weeks ago that he would like Reitman to direct Ghostbusters 3 but he didn’t feel that was possible because of Rietman’s busy producing schedule. He also said Harold Ramis would be the most likely candidate to fill the director’s chair. But when Reitman was asked about Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg’s script and the possible “passing the torch to a young generation” story, he had this to say:

Yeah, I think that is part of the story that we’re working on right now. We’ll see how it turns out… Except for an outline, I have yet to read anything, so I think they’re going to hand something in, in the next month or two.

Check out the full interview for more.

For someone supposedly too busy to be involved with the film, he sure does seem to be in the thick of things. Is he speaking as the future director or producer? No way to be sure yet but either way, as long as he is involved, I won’t be complaining. He has given us some of the best comedies from the 80’s, two of which are comedy classics in Ghostbusters and Stripes. Honestly, comedies nowadays just aren’t made with the same standards as either of those two films. Even Ghostbusters 2, which is considered by many to be the weaker of the two films, still remains wildly entertaining.

Maybe I’m biased because I grew up as a child of the 80’s but to me, comedies back then just seemed more fun, and for that reason alone, no one wants to see this sequel succeed more than I do.

FUN FACT: My name (Paul Young) is mentioned in Ghostbusters 2. Sure they’re talking about the singer but it’s still my name.

Our fingers are crossed with you Mr. Reitman.

The Ghostbusters Blu-ray releases June 16, 2009 and Ghostbusters 3 currently has no official date but is expected for 2012.

Source: SCI FI Wire