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.
A little more than a year ago, I wrote about how I felt that a new Ghostbusters animated series was possible with the upcoming motion picture event that is Ghostbusters 3. I’m hoping that Bill Murray actually reads the script and says he’ll do the film. Not only will it satisfy my want for another film in the series, but it’ll also give a lot of people work this year.
I read something else that made me excited today, though, and that is the announcement of the monthly publication of a Ghostbusters comic book. This is something that I have been hoping for, and the reason that I bought all of the Ghostbusters comics that have been released within the last few years. IDW has finally decided to make it a monthly series, though, and it seems that fan favorite artist Dapper Dan is going to have a hand in it, if not be the series’ artist for a few issues. I really like his style. It evokes thoughts of what an animated series would look like if it were based on his artistic style. I have a feeling that it would be just different enough from The Real Ghostbusters to make it a new, and not derivative, series that is distinct and original.
More exciting news on the Ghostbusters 3 development. Ivan Reitman has confirmed that the screenplay is complete for the third Ghostbusters film, which he believes could be the best of the three. While I don’t doubt that it could be, I think it’s going to be a very tough mark to reach. Depending on what point of view you take, it could be the best in terms of effects, story, cinematography or laughs. There are any number of variables that it could be the best at.
However, I’ve written in the past about Ghostbusters 3: Thoughts and Feelings on Continuing the Series, and I highly recommend you read it as it has garnered a lot of positive response from fans in some Ghostbusters fan forums. It’s going to be tough to even live up to our expectations, let alone top all of them. There will be those of us that find the new film can only sit in the shadow of the original. There will also be many that feel the new one far overshadows the old (and most of those sentiments will come from younger fans that didn’t grow up with the original).
I admire the confidence, though, and can’t wait to see if it does hold up to things that I have heard about it.
CS: The whole Sigourney Weaver thing about her son taking over and Bill Murray coming back as a ghost…
Reitman: Oh, no, yeah… I mean, Sigourney Weaver has a role in this movie. All the original characters have parts. As well as a whole bunch of new characters… it’s got a really good story, this one. Maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it.
I’ve been re-watching my complete collection DVD set of The Real Ghostbusters in the last few days. It looks brilliant on my HDTV. I’m hoping for a release of the late nineties series Extreme Ghostbusters on DVD sometime soon. It was one cartoon that didn’t get a fair shake, potentially because of the much darker subject matter of the series. The Real Ghostbusters rarely delved as deeply into dark topics. When it did, the good guys weren’t the ones doing it. Extreme Ghostbusters is fundamentally flawed in that regard, but in favor of a complete collection, I’d love to have it. Especially because the two parter Back in the Saddle brings all of the original Ghostbusters back for an adventure. Which leads me to the topic of this article.
Since I last wrote about Ghostbusters 3, there has been some major progress. First is that Ivan Reitman is going to return to the directors chair. This is a positive, in my book, even though his latest string of films has been somewhat of a string of horrible movies. A franchise like Ghostbusters is something that he won’t mess up. It’s not something that Sony would risk damaging, nor would anyone that wants to make it. Everyone is invested in making it right, and not forcing things just for the sake of making it. So, putting Reitman back in that position is the right move for the franchise. That way, the whole gang is back together for the last hurrah from the original team, and a young director isn’t going out of his way to prove himself to a fandom that has grown up.
The second piece of great information is that there is a complete first draft of the script for Ghostbusters 3. They’re now working on the second draft, and things are falling into place very well, according to Reitman. This is very promising, and I’m really hoping that it keeps moving forward. Seems pretty steady now, though. Sigourney Weaver said on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that she was excited to read the script, and thinks it’ll be great fun!
The third big news is that there is some information that they’ll be filming Ghostbusters 3 in 3-D! The fact that the rumor even exists means that they’re definitely looking into it in a more serious fashion than just a “maybe.” That’s exciting. But what about the 3-D idea? Instead of talking about the advantages or disadvantages of everything coming in 3-D, what about the implications of a GHOSTBUSTERS film in 3-D? I can already see Slimer coming straight at the viewer and sliming the screen. The proton streams also would come at the screen, and likely the trap. These thoughts don’t really excite me. I’d rather they make the film as written, no 3-D gags that don’t translate to 2-D, and then make it artificially 3-D if they still feel it has value. This news came by way of MarketSaw: “Yes – I have word from one of my top sources that a friend of his at a certain well known effects house (I can’t say who it is, but their initials are ILM) said that GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is proceeding as planned – but – with the added benefit of stereoscopic 3D!”
All in all, very exciting news from the land of Ghostbusters