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.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Rumors: Filming to Take Place in Cleveland Next Spring; Jonah Hill and Emma Stone Offered Roles

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After years of teasing fans with promises of a new Ghostbusters movie, there are some new rumors as to the possible production schedule, location and cast of Ghostbusters 3.  Before you get too excited, we posted a similar story about four years ago, so keep that in mind.  This time around, an NBC affiliate in Cleveland is announcing that the film has penciled in a spring 2014 production date.  Another rumor reports that the studio has offered roles to Jonah Hill (This Is the End) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man).  While pencil can be erased and offers can be turned down, we’re bringing you this news in the hopes it comes true.  Hit the jump for more.

Rumored Plot Details for GHOSTBUSTERS 3 and POLTERGEIST Remake; Sam Neill Thinks JURASSIC PARK 4 Is a Reboot

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With regard to the sequels to and remakes of your favorite properties from 1982-1993:

  • Dan Aykroyd continues to promise Ghostbusters 3, revealing that the sequel plot centers on troubling research by Columbia University particle physicists.
  • Director Gil Kenan (City of Ember) has begun to cast his remake of Poltergeist for a September shoot in Toronto.  Plot details have surfaced.
  • Sam Neill says it is unlikely he will be a part of Jurassic Park 4, in part because he believes it is a reboot.

More on each project after the jump.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Delayed…Again

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Surprise!  Those still crossing their fingers for the very long in-development Ghostbusters 3 were granted a glimmer of hope when we recently learned that the sequel could start filming next summer, but that hope has now swiftly been dashed out.  Due to some financial uneasiness, Sony Pictures Entertainment is currently reassessing all of their projects in the pipeline.  Per THR, any decision on Ghostbusters 3 has been postponed until the end of March, which means that the hoped-for Summer 2013 start date is no longer a possibility.  Should Sony ultimately decide to move forward with the sequel, filming likely wouldn’t be able to get underway until next fall at the earliest.

The most recent draft of the script was written by Etan Cohen, and Ghostbusters I and II director Ivan Reitman had been set to return.  I’m not sure we really need another Ghostbusters movie (especially now that Bill Murray is out), and I remain skeptical as to whether Ghostbusters 3 will actually come to fruition.

Will GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Finally Start Filming in Summer 2013?

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Ivan Reitman‘s Ghostbusters 3 has been in development hell for years, but we’re always hearing that it’s right around the corner.  That may now be the case since we learned in August that the production had given up the ghost of getting Bill Murray to return (even if his character would have been a ghost).  In July, Etan Cohen (Men in Black III) was tapped to re-write the script.  The pieces seem to be falling into place, and now Deadline is reporting that Reitman is planning to shoot the sequel next summer.

If Ghostbusters 3 is going to happen, this is probably when.  We don’t know if the sequel will still function as a reboot where a new, younger team of Ghostbusters are brought in to carry the franchise.  That would probably be the preferred direction for Sony, but perhaps it’s best to focus on one film at a time considering how long it’s taken for the third movie to get in front of cameras.

Dan Aykroyd Says Bill Murray Won’t Return for GHOSTBUSTERS 3

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Dan Aykroyd has somehow become the Mark Millar of his own franchise.  While Mark Millar is an outsider who pretends like he knows the daily goings-on behind the adaptations of his comic books, Aykroyd is actually a producer of the Ghostbuters movies.  However, he exposes the key flaw in trying to give people specific status reports: the facts change on a daily basis.  Just because it’s sunny today, doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunny a year from now.  If everything Aykroyd said about Ghostbusters 3 was accurate, filming would have taken place this past spring.  But the most frequently asked question for Aykroyd hasn’t even been, “When do you start filming?”  It’s been, “Is Bill Murray coming back?”

The chances of Murray returning have always leaned towards no with the star highly reluctant to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Venkman.  There was a time when he seemed slightly up on the idea of the character returning as a ghost, but that’s about it.  Now it looks like Aykroyd is finally willing to move on without Murray.  Hit the jump for more.

MEN IN BLACK 3 Screenwriter Etan Cohen to Re-Write GHOSTBUSTERS III

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At this point, if Dan Aykroyd has anything to say about Ghostbusters III, I tend to take it with a grain of salt.  Last week, Aykroyd said that the movie had replaced Bad Teacher scribes, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, with “a new writing staff.” Here’s the grain of truth: Ghostbusters III does have a new writer, but not a staff.  According to Variety, Sony has brought in Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen to rewrite the script.  Cohen received sole writing credit on MIB 3, which has grossed more than $600 million worldwide, even though his script wasn’t completely finished when filming began, and it was passed off to other writers (namely Jeff Nathanson and then David Koepp) during production.

With a project the size of Ghostbusters III, I don’t expect Cohen to be the last writer who gets his hands on the script.  In addition to this new gig, he’s also attached to make his directing debut on Boy Scouts vs. Zombies.  Hit the jump for more on Ghostbusters III

Dan Aykroyd Says GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Has a New Writing Team

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Dan Aykroyd continues to be the most vocal supporter of the struggling Ghostbusters 3 project.  Last summer, Aykroyd rekindled our hopes that the film would shoot in the spring of 2012 with or without Bill Murray’s involvement (which clearly never happened).  Then, Aykroyd floated the possibility of recasting Peter Venkman and admitted to needing more time to work on the screenplay by Bad Teacher scribes, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. He more recently confirmed that Murray would have nothing to do with the project.  Now it seems as if the writing duo of Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are out as well, as Aykroyd recently commented that a new team was in place.  While I admire the man’s tenacity in bringing a suitable project to the screen, I’m beginning to wonder whether or not we should just leave well enough alone.  More from Aykroyd after the jump. 

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