Ivan Reitman Answers Questions Regarding Ghostbusters 3

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:24 pm,

ghostbusters 32 Ivan Reitman Answers Questions Regarding Ghostbusters 3

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

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  1. I gotta say I was a child of the 80’s as well and wheather it be comedy, action, or drama I think all movies are better now. I thought the 80’s were fairly dull as far as comedy goes. I think the 90’s the 2000’s and pre 80’s were all better. Outside of the comedies from the last 15 years I would skip the 80’s aside from one or two gems and go to pre 80’s with some of Mel Brooks finniest works of art. To be honest I thought Ghostbusters was cool as a kid, but the first time I watched it as an adult I quickly realized it kind of sucked. The reason I liked it as a kid is because it’s totally geared toward children. I am not at all looking forward to seeing a third film. Not only are the first two poor films, but were gonna get a third one with really really old crusty old me. It’s odd I’ve always kind of liked Aykroyd and I love Bill, but ghostbusters was just kiddie stuff.

  2. I agree completely with the author, Paul Young, except I’d perhaps be a bit harsher on Ghostbusters 2.

  3. @Daniel F

    You have a gift for pushing people’s buttons. 8)

    I’m sorry but I (and many, many people) disagree about Ghostbusters. I just saw it again recently and thought it was funny as hell.


  4. Hudge Ghostbusters fan as a kid and would buy the animated series if it came out. As for the director Ivan, Harold Ramis, or Ivan’s boy Jason Reitman because lets face it Juno and Thank You For Smoking are two of the funniest movies in the last 5 years.

  5. I agree w/ Vic “Ghostbusters” still is HILARIOUS…I was however dissappointed w/ the second film and hope that this one is better.

  6. @DanielF – I would say this is one of the rare times I think you are ABSOLUTELY OFF YOUR ROCKER :) Imean if we were to have a poll and asked people to quickly name 10 comedies from teh 80’s adn then 10 comdies from teh 90’s I bet you my brother’s ;eft ear that people would struggle to name alll 10 from the 90’s. Here’s just a few of the classic comedies from the 80’s

    Weekend at Bernie’s
    Revenge of the Nerds
    Ferris Buller’s Day Off
    Coming to America
    Raising Arizona
    Police Academy
    The Princess Bride
    Real Genius

    There’s Something about Mary
    Dumb and Dumber
    Sister Act
    Wayne’s World
    What about Bob?

    Seriously can any of those 90’s films hold a candle to the 80’s? Mary and Dumber maybe…the rest I’ll put The Princess Bride up against your Sister Act. Andre the Giant for the win!

  7. I thought comedies from the 80’s were overly cheesy. I enjoyed most of those when I was a kid, but now as an adult watching them with fresh eyes the only one I still enjoy is Space Balls. The rest were incredibly cheesy films to me. Space Balls is even border line.

    I noticed you left a lot of great comedies from the 90’s off your list. I wonder if that was intentional to try and prove your point as right or if you actually forgot about them. I’m shocked to see movies like Robin Hood Men In Tights missing from your list as well as Kingpin, The First Austin Powers none of the sequels,Mall Rats, Dogma, Airheads, Maverick, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Happy Gilmore, Mars Attacks, Liar Liar, Swingers, Big Lowboski, Ground Hog Day, Does Toy story count?, and I can’t believe you didn’t put Office Space on there.

    If action comedy is allowed I would include films like Men In Black which was very funny. If we are going Dark Comedies than the 90’s is by far superior because it produced some of the best Dark Comedies the world has ever seen. Though to be fair a lot of people choose to not see Dark Comedies because they are afraid to laugh at some of those jokes.

    I’m a fair guy you left another great comedy off your 80’s list as well Hear no Evil See no evil… To be fair that was 89 though.

  8. Well to be honest of course I’m going to leave off the movies that disprove my theory :) And just so you know, Airheads,Mars Attacks, and Kingpin were all horrible. What were you thinking adding those in there?

  9. Those three movies were all fairly popular and people still talk about them to this day. They pretty loved especially Mars Attacks and Airheads. Both are widely considered classics.

  10. @Daniel..

    Classics? Classic garbage, maybe. Those films were AWFUL.

    I feel that there were classic films from every decade in the comedy genre. The 80’s were different than the 90’s and the movies of the time showcase that. To be fair, some of those movies that Paul mentioned were awful (i.e. Mannequin and Raising Arizona) and some of the movies you mentioned are some of my all-time favorite movies (i.e. Happy Gilmore, Austin Powers). Face it, there was crap in the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s AND the 00’s. There were also some classic films that will be funny 30 years from now too.

  11. Eliza Dushku is a good actress. Milano is passable, but very hot.

  12. ummmm Danny, no they are not considered classics. Classic tripe perhaps!

  13. Paul Young, how can you say that Kingpin was horrible? That is THE best and funniest Farrerly brothers film! Murray was great in that, so was Harrelson and Quaid!
    I can agree with you on Mars Attacks!, Airheads was pretty good as well to see what Sandler can really do instead of his usual stuff, Fraser & Buscemi are good together.

    But, Kingpin rules, seriously reconsider you stance on it. What is so bad about it anyway I would like to know?

  14. @SK-47 – it’s easy…I just put my lips together and the words comes out “I think Kingpin was horrible” I like the Farrely bros just not that movie. Every character in it was annoying to me.

    Just my opinion.

  15. @Paul Young,
    fair enough.

  16. I would love to see a 3rd Ghostbusters film. being a kid of the 80s myself this film broke me of having nightmares of ghosts. but with Murray and Aykroyd along with the others, 2 of the best, most memorable, actors from the 70/80’s I think they deserve to be able to close out this series and hand it to their kids(in them movie). That in my opinion would be able to either close the series, or if it took open it for a younger generation. The only thing I would do is perhaps make it a bit scarier, yes it’s a comedy, but having those pieces of terror are good.
    I do have a question though, is the only reason Milano being supposedly cast in the movie is because she’s in the game that recently came out? Cause in that game Milano and Murray getting together… I’m sorry but lol I don’t see my grandpa making it with someone that’s my age. Perhaps if she was his kid.
    I like the premise of their kids, Weaver’ kid and perhaps Murray’ adopted kid, plus whoever else has kids that want to be ghostbusters, perhaps making it where the kids hate their parents and what they do but when the time comes they need to step up.. OR! They could always do the game as it is very worthy of a story, but I like the kids taking over story better.. would give it another shot at going again.. like trek.
    Hey I just woke up did a google search for gb3, found this, posted. sorry if I’m not making much sense lol.