I’ve been rolling this whole thing around in my head for the last month. Really a few months, since this was the threatened direction for the next Ghostbusters film. A film that I’ve been waiting for since 1989. I’ve wanted more Ghostbusters and now it’s actually going to happen. I’m going to get what I wished for… but you know what they say… be careful what you wish for, you may actually get it.
About five and a half years ago, I even listed Paul Feig on a post about who should direct a third Ghostbusters film. I had found a list of potential directors on a couple of sites, and added Feig to the list, so in the words of Egon Spengler, “I blame myself.” At the time, I said:
“Paul Feig is a director that was also the creator of the short lived, but brilliant show Freaks and Geeks. He’s directed many of the funniest episodes of such shows as The Office and Arrested Development. His comedy style seems like it’d be a good fit for a new Ghostbusters, as he is able to capture the feel of the 80s so well in Freaks and Geeks, which wouldn’t necessarily matter for a modern day GB film, but it would at least keep the overall feel of the series thus far intact. I wouldn’t mind seeing his name attached to the helm.”
What a difference five years makes. Feig has directed a bunch of movies that I’ve never seen. I’ve only seen about 20 minutes of Bridesmaids, and didn’t enjoy it. And now Feig loves working with women. There’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. The problem lies in the makeup of the team. If Feig had said that he was continuing the story with a new team that would include women, I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Over the years there have been many women that have been on the team. Having a team with at least one guy opens up the property so that boys and girls alike can watch and enjoy it, and see someone that they could dream that they might one day grow up to become. Seeing someone of your own gender in a role gives you something to aspire to.
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IDW Publishing announced this week that the end has come for the Ghostbusters comic book that has delivered excellent content for the better part of three years. I’m very proud of the team that created it. It brought back the feel of the movies and the cartoons at the same time, while delivering great new adventures on a monthly basis.
I have hope that one day, IDW will bring this great team back together for another go-round. It’s the reason I started reading comics again. I’ve bought at least two copies of every single issue, and gotten many issues graded (now I could do the rest of the series, knowing there’s an end in sight). I’ve also got them all digital (all released so far), and I’ve been planning to get the Total Containment book version, and hoped to get a volume 2 with the next part. Hope that’s still a possibility.
My thoughts are somewhat complex as to why this happened. I know that it was a tough decision by those involved, but it seems to me that there might be larger reasons in play for this. This announcement comes mere weeks before Comic-Con. The Ghostbusters 30th anniversary is afoot. There may well be some pretty big announcements on the way from Sony, regarding the long awaited third Ghostbusters movie. There may even be other Ghostbusters media announcements, like a new cartoon, toy line, and other things.
Either way, I can’t say I didn’t do my part to support this comic book, and I hope that you pick up some issues in this great series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed that you did. It’s been a fun ride, and it will be bittersweet when the final issue arrives in my mailbox, but I can always go back and read them all over again.
“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