After years of rumours and speculation, Ivan Reitman has confirmed that he will not direct Ghostbusters 3.
The director of comedy classics like Kindergarten Cop, Junior, Twins and the previous two Ghostbusters movies will leave the project, but will stay on-board to help Sony's Amy Pascal find a new director.
Citing his reasons, the long-running 'will he/won't he?' confusion regarding Bill Murray's involvement prompted script re-writes, but it was the recent and saddening passing of Reitman's friend and Ghostbuster Harold Ramis that prompted his decision to leave.
Speaking to Deadline, he said: "A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters."
Regarding the script overhauls, Murray's involvement (or lack of) instigated a series of rewrites that ensure the new threequel will be very different to what was originally intended.
"The first was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan helped them on it," Reitman said. "It was a really good script, but then it became clear that Bill really didn't want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going. When Bill finally...well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about."
As for what we can expect, Reitman's intent on creating something very much in the same emotional and tonal ballpark as the originals.
"It's a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role," he said. "I'm not going to say how many Ghostbusters there will be in the new cast, but we are determined to retain the spirit of the original film, and I am pleased that all of this seems to have happened organically. I'm hoping we can get started by the fall, set in New York, but given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Dan Aykroyd's tireless crusade to get Ghostbusters 3 continues to rumble on, with the star telling ABC News that he feels "reinvigorated" by the work that has been completed so far.
"I know that we're expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon," says Aykroyd, enthusiastically. "It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the new year.
"It's very exciting," he continues. "The Higgs Boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible coming through."
With Ivan Reitman thought to be in place to direct and a script seemingly coming along, having been contributed to by seemingly every aspiring screenwriter in Hollywood, could Aykroyd's labour of love finally be coming to fruition?Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 seems to be having a more tortured existence than a ghost locked deep inside the 'busters Containment Unit.
First, Dan Aykroyd said they had an excellent script, which Bill Murray promptly shredded.
Sigourney Weaver said that a decent script may well exist, but if it does, she hadn't read it.
Then Aykroyd announced that Bill was out.
But then Bill said he might do it, if they rewrote the script.
Then Dan hired the writer of Men In Black 3 to create a completely new draft.
And now, finally, it looks like they've got a script that's worthy of shooting. Only trouble is, Bill's out again.
"We've got a brilliant new writer [Etan Cohen] on it and we'll be passing the torch onto a [new] generation," Aykroyd said.
"We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year."
"We've got the studio on side. We've tried a few concepts which weren't right but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen," he continued.
Asked if Bill Murray was on board, Aykroyd replied: "No, I can tell you he won't be involved."
"It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill."
"My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on. It's time to make the third one."
If you read all of those links above, you see a very sad pattern forming.
Dan says the project has a great script, which will shoot in the next year. Then someone from the franchise pops up to say that it doesn't and they won't. Then Dan responds that they're doing it for the fans, and they'll write another draft. Then the cycle starts all over again.
Let's hope that this time, the project can actually move forward. Either that, or it should be left to die in peace. And then shot in the face with a laser-cannon if it tries to come back to life again.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 has a new screenwriter in the form of Men In Black 3's Etan Cohen, who has answered Dan Aykroyd's (increasingly desperate) call to help lick the long-gestating sequel into shape.
A few weeks ago, Bill Murray revealed that, "they just don't have a really good script", referring to the work done by The Office: An American Workplace duo, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. It was a reflection echoed by Aykroyd's decision to hire a new writer, as announced earlier in the month.
"It's got to be perfect," conceded Aykroyd. "That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now." Cohen is the man charged with improving things, arriving fresh off the back of his duties as the sole credited writer on Men In Black 3.
The new Ghostbusters film isn't the only supernatural comedy Cohen is currently working on at present, as he's soon to make his directorial debut on the imaginatively titled Boy Scouts vs. Zombies. Cohen's previous work has included scripts for Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy.
Aykroyd will be hoping that Cohen can reinvigorate the screenplay and reignite interest in a project that seems to have been mired in development hell for some time now.
And if he can write something that sells Bill Murray on the idea, so much the better... After all, his name convinced the star to lend his voice to Garfield, as he was mistaken for a Coen brother.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters is pretty much everyone's favorite film. Ghostbusters 3, on the other hand, is probably Bill Murray's least favorite film. Seriously, we reckon he hates it more than Garfield 2: A Tail Of Two Kitties.
Because it seems Murray can't get through an interview without someone asking him to put on a proton pack, and his recent appearance on The David Letterman Show wasn't any different.
Still, Murray was game enough to answer Dave's GB3 question directly, and even give us an update on the project in the process.
"That's about all they want to know at Cannes, too...But, um...They just don't have a really good script. It's hard. Even the Second Ghostbusters wasn't as much fun for me as the first one. It's hard to make a sequel. That first one was really funny. It was just so darn funny, it's hard for me..."
Letterman pressed Murray for more information, and that's where it got interesting. "We'll try again."
Those three words should give hope to all the fans currently praying to Gozer for Peter Venkman's return.
It sounds to us like a rewrite is taking place. And, more significantly, Murray hasn't closed the door to appearing if it's any good.
Which is great news, as the last we heard, he'd shredded the script and sent it back to Dan Aykroyd.
So, it sounds like a case of "Who you gonna call? Script doctors!"Source: www.totalfilm.com
It would seem that the development hell of Ghostbusters 3 has hit another hurdle, with Dan Aykroyd confirming Bill Murray does not want to make the sequel.
Aykroyd has been trying to get the sequel made since 1999 when he wrote a draft of the script. He recently discussed Bill Murray's unwillingness to be involved which halted possible production, 'At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio [Sony], the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel that must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie.'
Despite this, Aykroyd is keen to stress that he holds no grudge against Murray for his decision, 'He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know.'
With rumours of Bill Murray being possibly recast, Aykroyd was quick to counter, 'We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect, there is still interest from the studio.'
There's also the possibility Sony may just reboot the franchise, since the original concept of Ghostbusters 3 saw the old gang passing down their proton packs to a new generation.
Ghostbusters II was released in 1989, five years after the original movie. The two films went on to gross nearly half a billion dollars at the box office.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Anyone hoping to see the old Ghostbusters lineup reunited for Dan Aykroyd's tortured sequel might be waiting a long time, as Bill Murray appears to have ruled out a return once and for all.
According to The National Enquirer, Murray had been sent the latest version of a script for Ghostbusters 3, co-written by original stars Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. However, his reaction wasn't exactly favourable.
Murray reportedly shredded the script, re-packaged it and mailed it back to Aykroyd and Ramis along with the following note: "No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts."
Murray's decision would represent a significant blow to Aykroyd's hopes of getting this one off the ground. Sigourney Weaver had recently expressed an interest in returning to the cast, but only on the proviso that Murray was in place to play Venkman.
However, Aykroyd seems hell bent on delivering a third Ghostbusters movie, so we doubt he'll be giving up just yet...Source: www.totalfilm.com
In August Dan Aykroyd predicted that Ghostbusters 3 would be going into production in 2012 (joy!) but it seems actress Sigourney Weaver doesn't share his optimism (pain!) and has cast doubt on the whole project. "I have yet to read the script," the actress who played Dana Barrett in the first two Ghostbusters films told Coming Soon.
"I've had a couple of calls and I know they're rewriting. All I said was that I hope my son Oscar has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitman said yes. Beyond that I have no idea. I hope it comes together, but we already did two wonderful films and if we have to let this one go, that's fine." Weaver also confirmed she'll return in the Avatar sequels, even if that surprises those who saw the first film.
"Don't worry, I will be back. Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He's told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them," she added.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Bill Hader has cleared up rumours that he's appearing in Ghostbusters 3, revealing: "I have not gotten a call."
The Saturday Night Live star spoke to Entertainment Weekly about whispers connecting him to the long-in-development threequel, stating that he'd do it "in a heartbeat".
For now, though, he's not heard anything. "I read about that on the internet just like everybody else," he says. "I don't know where that [rumour] came from.
"I have not gotten a call. I don't know anything about the plot. I was very flattered to have people talking about me online in conjunction with that project.
"I love the Ghostbusters franchise and was so excited to hear there might be another one."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 plagued newsmongers all the way through 2010, as stop-start rumours refused to die.
Well, it's a whole new year, and director Ivan Reitman finally seems certain that Ghostbusters 3 is finally good and ready to go.
Why? Well, he's read the script, and praises it as "really good".
"All the original characters have parts," he tells Coming Soon. "As well as a whole bunch of new characters. It's got a really good story, this one, maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it."
The director also took the time to discredit internet rumours claiming that Bill Murray has read and hated the script:
"He has not read a thing. There is almost nothing that is accurate online about that film."
While we tend to disagree about that last bit (we try our best, honest), it's at least promising that a decent script is now circulating, with Reitman clearly interested. Now where's that green light?Source: www.totalfilm.com
Ghostbusters 3 could be heading in front of cameras as early as May 2011, if new reports are to be believed. The much-beleaguered threequel, which has yet to even receive an official greenlight, is apparently being set up by Sony to head into production May next year. Last we heard, star/scripter Dan Aykroyd was re-writing a script from The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, though Bill Murray was still branding the project a "myth" that had no hope of getting made. According to Production Weekly, though, Sony "is planning to put Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters 3 into production in May 2011". Does that mean Aykroyd's submitted his draft and it's been approved? Or are the studio just throwing a date around to keep Ghostbusters 3 in the headlines?Source: www.totalfilm.com
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