Ghostubusters is now thirty years old. It is truly one of the most enduring pop culture focal points of all time, so much so in fact that thirty years later, Sony is still trying to get Ghostbusters 3 to happen. However, a new batch of rumors and some interesting information has breathed some life into the project and it is looking like it may actually happen, but at what capacity, that is where things get dicey. Is it a reboot? Is it a sequel? Is Slimer holding out for more money? So many questions, but there are a few answers.
First thing’s first. The news that got fans and film sites buzzing on Monday was brought to light by The Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to their Unnamed “sources,” they were privileged to some information from Sony that claims the film will now be a reboot, not a sequel, centering on a female team of Ghostbusters. No, Bill Murray is not putting on a dress. If the report is accurate (that may be a big if), the next Ghostbusters film will feature lady’s, whom you would call if you were to have a ghost related predicament.
That may seem a bit stange at first, that is until the other piece of information from those same “sources” is taken into account. According to said sources, the studio is looking at Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to take on the project. That being said, these are reportedly very early talks, but he is the studios first choice. Feig has done really well with his last couple of films both in terms of box office and entertainment value, so this could be good news.
Feig has been primarily working with strong female casts and if these reports have any credibility at all, it looks as though the studio is attempting to play to his strengths and build on that success.
Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two installments, was scheduled to come back for the third, but he removed himself from the directors chair in March after the death of Harold Ramis, who played Dr. Egon Spengler in the original films. Reitman will be staying on to produce.
The other big thing that can’t seem to be firmed up when it comes to making Ghostbusters 3 actually happen is the script. Multiple scripts have been written, re-written and scrapped. Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg of The Office and Bad Teacher fame wrote a draft that seemed to be on its way to development. Though, should Feig land the job, the studio may want him to start from scratch.
Dan Aykroyd is the only original Ghostbuster who was looking to return to bust ghosts in the new film as Bill Murray has repeatedly stressed that he isn’t interested in returning. Ernie Hudson seems to be leaning more towards a no since Ramis’ death as well. If the studio is really looking to go reboot, it is less essential or perhaps flat out unnecessary to get the original cast back for anything more than a cameo anyway. That may be a big factor in going with a reboot.
In any case, it does look like Ghostbusters 3 still isn’t dead, but it’s also a long way from being a real thing.
Ghostbusters 3: What’s Really Going On With the Reboot/Sequel?