A couple days ago, we reported that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman had dropped out of directing the third installment thus reducing the people who want Ghostbusters III down to executives at Sony Pictures and Dan Aykroyd. Ironically, Ghostbusters III just won’t die. We’ve been reporting on the movie for years, and production on it always seems to be right around the corner, except it never happens, and pretty much everyone is okay with that. With the recent death of Ghostbusters co-writer and co-star Harold Ramis, the sequel seemed even more unnecessary, but as we reported yesterday, the production is eyeing an early 2015 start in New York.
So who you gonna call? The only guys that could make me remotely interested in Ghostbusters III: directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. Hit the jump for more.
Former Deadline editor-in-chief Nikki Finke tweeted out the following:
Hot duo to direct #Ghostbusters3? My sources say Phil Lord & Chris Miller (‘Lego Movie’, ’21 Jump St’) in talks to replace Ivan Reitman.
If this is true (and keep in mind that Finke is not as close to the pulse as she once was now that she’s been booted from Deadline), it means that Lord and Miller should have “Challenge Accepted” printed on their business cards. However, if they do take the gig, this would be their biggest challenge thus far. Their previous films—Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The LEGO Movie—had no baggage attached to them. They were unlikely hits, and their next film, 22 Jump Street, is piggybacking off the filmmakers’ earlier success.
Ghostbusters, on the other hand, is a classic. There are decades of love and goodwill towards that movie. Trying to create a sequel to that kind of movie creates an almost unreachable bar where the very best a filmmaker can hope for is to meet the quality of the original. I have full faith in Lord and Miller succeeding at anything they put their minds to, but I’d like to start seeing their minds going towards their own movies rather than sitting in the shadow of a giant.