Ivan Reitman on Ghostbusters 3, Bill Murray’s involvement, 3D and more

Ivan Reitman and Bill MurrayIvan Reitman has been a great source of knowledge about Ghostbusters 3. In one story he addresses all of the rumors that surrounded Bill Murray’s involvement in the third film.

“There were a lot of stories about how he read the script and it wasn’t up to his standards” the director said. “I think he may have read 15 to 20 pages.”

Reitman went on to talk about a dinner they had at the Toronto Film Festival a couple of years ago.

“[The dinner] started at about 10:30 and ended at 4 a.m. We closed down the restaurant. And he just said, ‘Look, I’m not interested in doing these movies anymore. I like doing these small parts. I don’t want to feel the weight and the burden of all that.’ And I understood it. And it came from a good place in his heart.” (via)

This doesn’t entirely rule out a cameo for Murray, as Dr. Peter Venkman, though. According to the interview, the first script they had for the movie focused on Peter Venkman pretty heavily, and after Murray expressed his wishes not to carry the third film in the franchise, they brought Etan Cohen on board to re-write the script to focus more on new people than the original team.

Reitman also addressed something that’s been kind of another elephant in the room, after Bill Murray: will the film be in 3D? According to Reitman, it could be, and that’s not all. “Certainly there’s been a lot of talk about doing Ghostbusters 3 in 3D as well, and I don’t think we’ll call it Ghostbusters 3 either,” he said.

With the possibility of a new title for the film, what do you think it’s going to be called? Personally, I think this is the right direction, as the goal is to kick off a new film series, while also closing the door on the original team, kind of like the new Star Wars appears to be doing.

It’s also confirmed that this is not a reboot: “It’s not a reboot,” he said. “It just lives in a world where the first two movies did occur and those characters were there and at least some of them will be in this film, but it’s really a different story.” (via)

There may or may not be female Ghostbusters this time around, which I’m sure will only be decided once casting is underway. It’s also going to use CGI, which isn’t surprising. They did so with Ghostbusters II as well, though the first film just used traditional effects.

It’s good to finally have some more solid information about the third Ghostbusters film.

‘Everything is Awesome’ as Lego Movie directors might film ‘Ghostbusters 3′

Lego GhostbustersBefore I saw The LEGO Movie, I would have thought this was the worst idea that I’ve heard for Ghostbusters 3. According to a tweet from Nikki Finke, who seems to get a lot of factual scoops sent to her, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller may be circling the director’s chair on the third film. I’ve not seen their work on 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street doesn’t look like a movie that I would enjoy, based only on footage from the trailer. I’m sure that some people will enjoy it, but the content is not something that I care to see.

However, the script isn’t up to them. It’s been written by Etan Cohen and Dan Aykroyd (as far as I know, that’s the latest script), and will be produced by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd with a goal of capturing the feel of the original films. So there’s hope that it won’t go over-the-top in the way that the 21 Jump Street films appear to have gone.

 

And don’t forget, LEGO has a Ghostbusters set coming this year.

“Packs on!” Dan Aykroyd confirms Ghostbusters 3; will produce with Reitman

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that Ghostbusters 3 is coming, and he’s going to be producing with Ivan Reitman. No word on if he’ll also be in it, but I think it’s safe to assume that he will be.  Here’s hoping that Ernie Hudson also gets the call to return as Winston Zeddemore in the third film.  And what he says of it, makes me very pleased. That’s exactly what I want: a Ghostbusters 3 that Harold Ramis would be proud of. Bring it on, Dan!

 

Ivan Reitman to Produce, not Direct, Ghostbusters 3; Filming in Late 2014/Early 2015

Ghostbusters and director Ivan ReitmanWith everything that has been going on with the script for Ghostbusters 3, it’s no wonder that people didn’t think it would ever actually happen. I’ve never doubted that it would be produced at some point, and have been waiting for it since Ghostbusters 2. While we don’t really have word of an official green-light from Sony, it seems as though that may have already happened.

Deadline.com has an exclusive interview with Ivan Reitman in which he talks about working with Harold Ramis, work on the scripts for Ghostbusters 3 over the years, and plans for the film. First, he addressed things from internet speculation, to Bill Murray’s involvement.

“There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written about Ghostbusters. I’ve been reading things online for about four years, speculation on who’s writing, what they’re writing, who’s in it, who we will use, and who’s directing. We’d decided not to comment up till now, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill was going to do. 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.

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‘Ghostbusters 3′ moving Forward, Script to be Reworked

Ghostbusters 3I know that it is a little bit too soon to be talking about this, but I’m sure that the story was released because of all of the questions surrounding the topic.  Earlier this year, a whole bunch of new Ghostbusters toys were announced, including Lego Ghostbusters.  I also was having conversations with my wife about something that might be announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  It’s the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year, and I thought there was a possibility that Sony would announce that, officially, Ghostbusters 3 would begin filming, potentially this fall.

Well, not it seems that prediction may not be too far from the truth, as Sony has announced that Ghostbusters 3 is still on track.  The script needs to be re-worked a little bit, as Ramis was due for a cameo in the film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The sequel’s director, Ivan Reitman, is scheduled to meet with Sony production brass in the coming days to assess how to move forward on the project, which is in active development, according to sources. Ramis, Murray and Dan Aykroyd, who starred together in the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, were poised to appear briefly in the third outing to set up a baton-passing to a trio of newcomers.

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Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Ivan Reitman pay respects to Harold Ramis

Ghostbusters and director Ivan ReitmanThe other members of the Ghostbusters, and the director of the first two films (and potentially the third) pay their respects to actor Harold Ramis. For those that don’t know, Harold Ramis played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.  He returned to the character, lending his voice to Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and was due to cameo in a scene as Egon in Ghostbusters 3.  Ramis passed away on February 24, and I wanted to share what the others had to say about Ramis.

Ivan Reitman, director: “The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis. He possessed the most agile mind I’ve ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way … Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother.”

Dan Aykroyd (Raymond Stantz): “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”

Bill Murray (Peter Venkman): “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, MeatballsStripesCaddyshackGhostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore): “Harold was the glue. There wouldn’t a ‘Ghostbusters’ without Harold Ramis. Harold Pulled it together. And I know I probably wouldn’t be in the business had I not had the chance to work with Harold at that time in my career. He taught me a lot, not overtly by trying to teach me, just watching him work and how he dealt with things. He will be missed.”