Earlier this week, we reported on the news that Bad Boys 3 was back in development at Sony and that they had hired a new screenwriter to get the ball rolling again. Buried in the original article from Deadline, however, there was another somewhat surprising revelation (surprising to me, at least). The Bad Boys sequel was compared to a couple of other big sequels in the works at Sony: Men in Black 4 and Ghostbusters 3. It was pointed out that unlike these other two sequels, they wanted to get the original cast back for Bad Boys 3. Maybe I’m missing something, but I think this the first time we’ve heard flat out that Men in Black and Ghostbusters are getting rebooted. The actual quote from the article is as follows:
“Sony is trying to do this with the original cast, which makes it different from the other big franchise reboots in the works, Men In Black and Ghostbusters. Those are being rebooted. With Ghostbusters, that has a lot to do with Bill Murray being unwilling to reprise his signature role. With Men In Black, the deal making on that film got to be prohibitively expensive with all the talent and producer back ends, to the point it was becoming impossible for the studio to make money.”
I did some additional reading on both projects, and it seems that the reboot word has been thrown around before, but always very cautiously. Here’s what Barry Sonnenfeld told MTV about the end of MIB 3 last year:
“The fantastic thing about Men in Black 3 is that it totally closes out the trilogy, it answers questions that you didn’t even know you should be asking, it leaves you emotionally warm and sad and happy, and it could also reboot the franchise. But I can’t even begin to tell you how to interpret all of that. [Laughs] But I would say this: If your interpretation is that Men in Black 4 will only star the worm guys and Frank the pug, you are wrong.”
Sony recently hired Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) to start writing the screenplay for Men in Black 4, but Will Smith has repeatedly said that he’s not very interested in doing a fourth movie. Could Josh Brolin be taking over the reins of the franchise?
As for Ghostbusters 3, Dan Aykroyd confirmed last year that Bill Murray would definitely not be involved. Now it sounds like they are potentially taking the project in a different direction. Aykroyd appeared on Larry King Now back in May, and here is what he had to say:
“It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University… Basically there’s research being done that… I can say that the world or our dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width, and time, become threatened by some of the research that is being done. And Ghostbusters, new Ghostbusters have to come and [solve] the problem.”
He confirmed that there would be a new cast, but when asked if he or any other original cast members would return, he said simply, “Think Star Trek.” So it sounds like in both cases they will use some sort of alternate timeline thing to explain the existence of a brand new cast, and the original cast members (if they appear at all) will be analogous to Leonard Nimoy in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. I think this changes our expectations for both of these projects considerably, and I seriously doubt they will end up being called Ghostbusters 3 and MIB 4. Are you okay with the idea of rebooting Ghostbusters and Men in Black? Do they really have any other options?