A couple of months ago, Ghostbusters fans were relieved to learn that Ivan Reitman would be returning to helm the third installment of the franchise, currently in development at Sony. Initially, there were a lot of doubts as to how this movie might turn out, but with the original cast members on board and the original director, it seemed like it would be in good hands (unless you hated Ghostbusters 2, in which case, there’s probably no hope for you at all).
The folks at Sony, however, don’t necessarily feel the same way. It seems that they would prefer to bring in some new blood for the film, especially since the movie supposedly deals with the next generation of Ghostbusters donning proton packs. Unfortunately for them, Reitman has a contract that was signed in the ’80s that guarantees him a ton of creative control over the series. He can stop a sequel from happening altogether if he disapproves of anything (as can any of the three original stars from the first film). Sony was hoping that they could get Reitman to bow out by greenlighting another comedy for him to direct called Friends With Benefits, but he now seems intent on directing both films. This could spell trouble for Ghostbusters 3.
A new draft of the script from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky is due in May, at which point more decisions will be made. But if Sony is deadset on making the movie without Reitman, it may never get made at all. On top of that, Bill Murray is also an unknown; he appeared on Letterman last month and didn’t sound very excited about the project (he referred to it as “crazy talk”). What do you think, is Reitman still the ideal man to direct this film (ahem… My Super Ex-Girlfriend), or should he man up and give his blessing to someone else?