I’m a big fan of The Muppets. I have been since I was very young. When The Muppets came out in theaters back in 2011, I had been highly anticipating its’ arrival for years. And I was not disappointed. I found myself enjoying every minute of the movie, and couldn’t wait to see it again. Even more than that, I couldn’t wait for more Muppets. I didn’t just want a sequel to this movie. I also found myself wanting more Muppet Show.
Muppets Most Wanted
And then in March of 2012, they announced that The Muppets would be getting a sequel. Muppets Most Wanted would be released two years later, in March 2014. It didn’t do as well at the box office as the last film, but that doesn’t really mean too much. The last film was really an anomaly in the history of the Muppets at the box office. Muppets Most Wanted is a good and goofy Muppet movie, not quite as good as The Muppets, but not off by much. I have the soundtrack in my car, and the songs get funnier with each listen. In fact, the movie was funnier the second time than it was the first time through. I was hoping that the magic and excitement of the first would repeat, but that wasn’t to be. Muppets Most Wanted has to be taken on its’ own terms, like all of the other films before it. It gave Walter a chance to show where he fits in with the rest of the gang.
As a friend of mine, Tom, put it so well: “MUPPET MOVIE & THE MUPPETS were about heart, GREAT MUPPET CAPER & MUPPETS MOST WANTED were about unfiltered wackiness, both things the Henson team have excelled at since 1969!”
Now that we’ve gotten companion movies (in a way) to The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, it’s time to get a companion movie to The Muppets Take Manhattan.
It’s time for The Muppets: Part 3.
“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.
Before 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.
Hot duo to direct #Ghostbusters3? My sources say Phil Lord & Chris Miller (‘Lego Movie’, ’21 Jump St’) in talks to replace Ivan Reitman.
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) March 20, 2014
And don’t forget, LEGO has a Ghostbusters set coming this year.
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!
Packs on! Will have Ivan’s back as I help him produce a GB 3 that Harold would be proud of.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) March 19, 2014
With 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.
I 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.