THE COLLISION: Episode 107 – GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Cinematic Universes, and Robert Downey Jr.

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the past week’s biggest news stories including the announcement that Ghostbuster 3 will be a reboot featuring a female lead cast; cinematic universes including Universal Monsters, Robin Hood, and Marvel; and the future of Robert Downey Jr‘s career following the painfully self-indulgent The Judge, and if these kinds of flops will drive the actor back into his Iron Man suit. [Note: We recorded this podcast before last night's Captain America 3 news broke]

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Director Paul Feig Says New GHOSTBUSTERS is a Total Reboot; Details the Benefits of a Female Ensemble

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Yesterday came the major news that Paul Feig was officially directing Ghostbusters 3 (which we’ll now just be referring to as the Ghostbusters reboot since that’s what it really is).  Katie Dippold has been hired to co-write the script with Feig and it will center around a cast of “hilarious women.”  All of this sounds really good to me, as it won’t have anything to do with the tired “handing over of the torch” concept we’d been hearing about for years.

And now it’s also confirmed that this will not be a sequel of any kind, but rather a hard reboot.  It won’t follow the events of the first two films, which I think is a wise choice.  Paul Feig recently opened up about the film and the logic behind the choices he’s making.  Hit the jump for more on the Ghostbusters reboot.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Hires Katie Dippold to Write Script With Director Paul Feig, Female Cast Confirmed

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Well I guess it turns out that Paul Feig is directing Ghostbusters 3 after all since we’re hearing that Katie Dippold (who wrote The Heat), has just been signed to co-write the third installment with Feig.  This is actually not at all who I expected would get the gig, and it’s all the more refreshing because of it.  Typically these giant franchises land in the hands of someone who has a lot of credits and a long track record with the studios, and even though Dippold’s last film was a giant hit, she’s still something of a new voice.  In my mind this is most certainly a positive development.

It’s been rumored for a while now that this take on Ghostbusters 3 would be a reboot of sorts that focusses on a strong female ensemble with minimal appearances from the established cast.  With Bill Murray unwilling and Harold Ramis gone, I certainly hope this is the direction the project is still headed in.  Hit the jump for more on Katie Dippold writing Ghostbusters 3.

Dan Aykroyd Thinks GHOSTBUSTERS Franchise Could Be a Marvel-Style Universal Because of Course He Does

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Dan Aykroyd talks about Ghostbusters III like he needs it to pay off a gambling debt.  Legions of Ghostbusters fans don’t want a sequel because it’s never going to come close to being as good as the original.  The prospect of a reboot with a female-led cast is certainly intriguing, and I don’t want to reject it out of hand.  My irritation comes from Aykroyd, who believes that filming on Ghostbusters III is always just around the corner.  That last link, in case you don’t want to click on it, was when Aykroyd thought Ghostbusters III could start filming the following winter.  We posted that story in May 2009.

But now Aykroyd isn’t just looking ahead to a third Ghostbusters.  Oh no.  He’s thinking of a Marvel-style universe.  Grab something you can bang your head against, and hit the jump.

Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY Blu-ray/DVD, Working with Kevin Costner, Negative Effects of DVD Extras, GHOSTBUSTERS 3 and More

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Directed by Ivan Reitman, the sports drama Draft Day, available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, shows just how much NFL Draft Day can change the lives of athletes and the fortunes of football teams.  General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is up against fan pressure, an ambitious owner (Frank Langella) and a hard-nosed coach (Denis Leary), who all think they know what’s best for the team, and he must decide whether to go with the consensus pick or trust his instincts and risk losing everything.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Reitman talked about wanting to make a sports movie that even people who don’t care about sports could enjoy, focusing on the human drama, what makes him want to direct a movie, that there were some major changes made between the original script and the final product, why he wanted to do this with Costner, how he feels about the bonus features on Blu-ray/DVD releases, and why it’s technically easier to make films now than it used to be.  He also talked about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, why a female presence is important, the delay Bill Murray’s reluctance has caused, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Ivan Reitman Talks GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Bill Murray’s Reluctance, Why He Won’t Direct, 30th Anniversary GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-Ray, and More

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With Draft Day coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, Collider got on the phone with director Ivan Reitman to talk about why he was drawn to that film and the experience that he had working with Kevin Costner.  While we will run the full interview closer to the release date, we did want to share what he had to say about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Sony will also be re-releasing the first Ghostbusters on August 29th in theaters in 4K.

During the interview, Reitman said that he’s met with director Paul Feig about doing a version that’s got “a very important female presence,” that the film was initially slowed down by Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved, that he thinks there’s a great story and a great conceit that can be made with a new cast, why he ultimately decided not to direct it himself, and that the version that he was working on was the one with all of the original cast members.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Paul Feig Eyed to Direct GHOSTBUSTERS 3; May Be Total Reboot with Female-Led Cast

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The Ghostbusters 3 saga continues.  It seems like we’ve been reading about/reporting on a third Ghostbusters film or reboot for close to a decade now, with Dan Aykroyd promising every few months that a new Ghostbusters film is “really close” to happening/shooting/being released.  Some solid movement actually occurred earlier this year, as Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman decided to step back and simply produce the next Ghostbusters film while working closely with Sony to find a new director for the project.

At that time, we heard that Sony was hoping to start production on Ghostbusters 3 in early 2015, and while 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller quickly emerged as favorites to direct, subsequent reports suggested they turned the project down (indeed, they seemed to imply that they had some sort of discussions with Sony about the project in our interview from June). But now there’s some forward momentum on the project, as Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig is apparently being courted as the new Ghostbusters 3 director.  However, instead of a sequel, sources indicate that Feig might actually be spearheading a new Ghostbusters reboot with a female cast.  More after the jump.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Their Thoughts on the Original, Projects They’ve Passed on, and More

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Several months ago, The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were rumored to be in talks to direct Ghostbusters 3 after Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters, dropped out.  A couple weeks later, it was reported that Lord and Miller had turned down the gig, thus deflating the hopes of people who may have been cold on the idea of a third Ghostbusters movie, but thought the talented duo might have an intriguing take on the material.

At the press junket for Lord and Miller’s new film, 22 Jump Street, Steve asked the directors about their involvement with Ghostbusters 3, discussions behind the scenes about the sequel, their thoughts about the original, reasons they’ve turned down projects, and more.  Click on the respective links for what they had to say about a Clone High movie and The LEGO Movie 2.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3: Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Character’s Son Oscar May be a Ghostbuster; Rick Moranis & Ernie Hudson Speculate on Their Characters

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2014 is a good year for Ghostbusters fans: it’s the 30th anniversary of the first film, and just so happens to be the 25th anniversary of the sequel.  That’s reason enough for Sony to re-release the original film in theaters this Labor Day weekend just before a new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray hits shelves.  All well and good, but what about that long-in-development Ghosbusters 3 we’ve been hearing about?  Word has it that the script is still in the works, but franchise star Sigourney Weaver recently revealed a surprise recurring cast member who’s already penciled in for the eventual new film.  Hit the jump for more on Ghostbusters 3, including speculation from Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson about what their own characters have been up to.

Rawson Thurber Emerges as ANT-MAN Director Frontrunner; Ruben Fleischer Also in the Mix and Is Being Considered for GHOSTBUSTERS 3

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It’s a big day for Marvel news stories.  Josh Brolin has just been confirmed to play the “Big Bad” Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy and future Marvel Studios films, and earlier this morning a shortlist of contenders to take over Ant-Man surfaced.  Following Edgar Wright’s exit from the film, Marvel has been working quickly to line up a new director that can start production imminently, as the cast and pre-vis are already set and the studio is racing towards a July 17, 2015 release date.  The reported shortlist includes Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay, Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer, and Rawson Marshall Thurber, who most recently directed the comedy We’re the Millers.

Now, according to a new report, Thurber has surfaced as the frontrunner to be the new Ant-Man director, while Fleischer is also in consideration for the helm of Ghostbusters 3.  More after the jump. [Update: And now it looks like McKay will be the one to take the gig, as he is currently in talks with Marvel for the director's chair.]

Director Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Filming During the NFL Draft, TRIPLETS, GHOSTBUSTERS 3, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

Recently, I landed an exclusive video interview with Reitman.  He talked about getting to make a sports movie with Kevin Costner, getting the NFL involved in the movie and filming during the actual draft in New York City, collaborating with Costner behind the scenes, the progress of Triplets, his decision to step away from Ghostbusters 3, possible future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Report: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Have Turned Down GHOSTBUSTERS 3

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The most (only?) promising thing about the long-in-the-works Ghostbusters 3 might be no more.  A couple of weeks ago, after Ivan Reitman announced his intention to only produce the third Ghostbusters film and not direct, Phil Lord & Chris Miller were reported as being in talks to take the helm as Sony was looking to start production in early 2015.  This was incredibly exciting news, as the duo excel at turning seemingly bad ideas into great movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and most recently The LEGO Movie.  The news also made sense, seeing as how Cloudy, Jump Street, and the impending 22 Jump Street were all made at Sony and Ghostbusters 3 would continue their relationship with the studio

However, just as we were settling into the exciting notion that Lord and Miller might work their magic on the Ghostbusters franchise, it sounds like it may have already vanished.  Hit the jump for more.

THE LEGO MOVIE Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller Rumored to Be in Talks to Direct GHOSTBUSTERS III

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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.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Eyes an Early 2015 Production Start in New York; Ivan Reitman out as Director

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The most consistent cog in the machine to get Ghostbusters 3 up and running over the years is arguably director Ivan Reitman.  Or I should say was since Reitman has exited the helm in the wake of Harold Ramis’ death.  Reitman had been on board the project for quite some time, much of which was spent attempting to sway Bill Murray to join the threequel, especially since Sony and Dan Aykroyd were pleased with the current script.  Now, we’ve heard that not only will there be rewrites to that script, but that Reitman will step aside in order to help find a new director to carry the film forward.  Hit the jump for more on Reitman’s departure, and why this might not be a bad thing for the film, since Sony is now eyeing a production start date early in 2015 in New York.

GHOSTBUSTERS III Script to Be Reworked in the Wake of Harold Ramis’ Death

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Roughly 24 hours have passed since the incredibly sad and untimely death of Harold Ramis, so in relative Internet time, it’s now appropriate to talk about the production of Ghostbusters III.  As Ramis was expected to make a cameo in the long-gestating project, you might have mused, upon hearing the news, just how the threequel would move forward without him.  A new report suggests that, although there will indeed be repercussions, the production will proceed as planned with a few minor tweaks to the script.  Hit the jump for more.

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