Today is a good day to be a Ghostbusters fan. Although I’m still not entirely sure what it all means, it appears that Sony has officially committed to developing a third feature film in the popular comedy series, with the intentions of reuniting the entire original cast (yes, including Bill Murray). It’s still in the early stages, but it seems like there is a good chance this may finally happen folks, so keep your fingers crossed.
According to Variety, Sony has hired The Office writers/executive producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to write the script for the new movie. Why they can’t just stick with the script that was already written by Dan Aykroyd remains to be seen, but the main reason for their involvement seems to be the fact that they also wrote Year One, an upcoming comedy directed by Harold Ramis. Year One is also being produced by Judd Apatow, which may explain where those Seth Rogen rumours came from a few months back.
Now, the biggest obstacle to this film will continue to be convincing the original cast to sign on. No deals will be made until the script is completed, and the last time they attempted to set up Ghostbusters 3, the actors asked for such a high percentage of the film’s gross that it was impossible for the studio to make any money from it. The Hollywood Reporter says that original director Ivan Reitman and the cast members are “aware of the project and involved in its development”, however, they are also calling it a “reboot” that will focus on a new group of Ghostbusters. I guess that makes a bit more sense, but I’m not sure I like the idea. It really could go either way, and it’s going to depend a lot on who these new guys are. What do you think, is a next generation Ghostbusters movie a good idea? Does this news excite you or disappoint you?