Our friends over at Bloody Disgusting are reporting that they have "confirmed, 100%, without a shadow of a doubt" that Ivan Reitman is attached to direct Ghostbusters 3. Now before all you "ghost heads" get excited about Reitman returning, there's something else you should know, "he hasn't decided whether or not he really wants to direct [it], yet."
Reitman attached, but not committing to direct is not that surprising. Over the past 10 years, Reitman has only directed 2 films (Evolution & My Super Ex-Girlfriend), but since he's one of the five members in the "infamous" Ghostbusters rights holders agreement (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman & Columbia Pictures (Sony) all have to sign off on anything Ghostbusters before it can happen), attaching himself to the project without deciding to direct could be more to prevent any delays in development due to the studio wanting a director attached to the project.
In other news, Bloody Disgusting has also found out that "...the sequel takes place when the paranormal researchers "reopen" their ghost removal service after it has been closed for quite a few years." This is pretty interesting considering that Aykroyd has been quoted as saying that the recently released Ghostbusters: The Video Game would be considered canon in the series. Looks like "the rookie" and the whole "franchise opportunity" didn't pan out as well as one would have thought.
While Bloody Disgusting is reporting this as more of a non-news item, with Ghostbusters being my favorite film, anything regarding a new installment is major news, in my book. (Yes, that book would be "Tobin's Spirit Guide").
That aside, over the past week(s) Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have all been talking about Ghostbusters 3, so let's round-up what they've had to say.
Dan Aykroyd (appearing on KGO AM 810 in San Francisco)
He's hoping to start something this fall, but the script has not been finalized. Expecting at least two-thirds of the cast returning, but has said that himself, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray will "for sure" be in it.
Harold Ramis (interview with Movie Web)
(On Egon's life in the new film)
"I had two initial first instincts. One was that Egon had become a shaved head Buddhist monk. That is not going to happen. The thing that I pitched for my character is that he's been living in Geneva, and he works for the Institute of Imaginary Science. The work we are doing doesn't require any conceptual, intellectual, special, or mathematical models for what we are doing. Even we don't know what we are doing. It's that theoretical."
(On who would be the new Ghostbuster recruits)
"Every young actor will be mentioned. No one is signed or has been approached."
(On what the intentions are for the third film)
"I think we are just going to try and make a good movie. The intention of a sequel is not to give an audience more of what they didn't get enough of the first time. It's to give the audience something that is new. We want them to feel that they are having a new experience of some kind. That becomes a tightrope. Yeah, we definitely are introducing new Ghostbusters. That much is for sure. And there will be inter-dimensional creatures visiting New York. And we will deal with it. That's all I am allowed to say at this point."
Ernie Hudson (interview with IESB)
(On his thoughts regarding the third film)
"We're all up for it. It just has to be something we can be proud of and stand by. I'd love for it to happen. I think it would be very, very cool. But, it really needs to be something that makes sense. I don't want to just do a cameo. If we're going to do it, I want to be involved."
(On his involvement/reality of the third film happening)
"...I'm hoping the movie happens, but I have not heard from Ivan Reitman or the studio, or anybody who signs checks. Until that happens, it's still just speculation."
Well, there you have it. Enough Ghostbusters 3 news to tied you over for at least a couple days. If, for some reason, you're still hankering (first time I've used that word - ever) for more parapsychology, giant Twinkies and "stuff" that will turn you white, you're in luck as you've got the release of a new Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters 2 gift set (with Stay Puft figure), Ghostbusters on Blu-ray, The Real Ghostbusters complete series on DVD, Ghostbusters: The Video Game and the October 15th release of the limited-edition, 6" Ray Stanz action figure from Matty Collector.
If that's still not enough, head over to GBfans.com and build yourself a proton pack (#1 on my bucket-list).
We'll report on more details and dates for Ghostbusters 3 as they're announced.