For literally years now (even stretching as far back as 1989) we've heard word of a Ghostbusters 3, with quotes of "maybes" and "mights" chiefly coming from Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd, the director and star of the first two movies. But there's so much of those vague speculative statements that it seems we can't really trust anything that comes out about the film, even if it comes straight from the key players involved.
The last piece of speculation we posted about Ghostbusters 3 didn't come from the usual suspects, but rather from one of the first two film's other stars, Sigourney Weaver. While doing the rounds promoting Avatar, questions inevitably turned to the third Ghostbusters and she said that she's had calls asking if she'll read the script (leading her to think she'll be involved) and also that Bill Murray might be back but as a ghost. Luckily, Ghostbusters news source Proton Charging were on hand and they debunked what Weaver said.
However, the Ghostbusters 3 rumor mill is once again turning as director Harold Ramis is now saying the movie will shoot in 2010 in time for a release in 2011.
Ramis' quote comes to us courtesy of Heeb, who did an interview with the filmmaker about everything from Animal House to today's comedians. Here's the full quote of everything that Ramis said about Ghostbusters 3:
"Something’s going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel. We’ll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future ... GB3 is progressing with plans to shoot next summer and release in 2011 … Oh, and I have two one-of-a-kind Ghostbuster yarmulkes sent by fans."
If you're interested, you can read the rest of the interview with Ramis HERE.
As I said, there's so much that's been said about Ghostbusters 3 that it's hard to know what to believe. Normally I would be inclined to take Ramis at his word but what's been said before puts it into doubt. But just for now, taking this as fact that GB3 is indeed going to shoot next year for a 2011 release, I'm very glad to hear that. It's much like the case with Indiana Jones and the almost two decades we had to wait for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to come along. Let's hope that if and when GB3 finally gets made it isn't as disappointing as Indy 4 was...
Does it sound like this latest piece of Ghostbusters 3 info is true? Or is it all just talk as it seems to have been for years?