As Dan Aykroyd recently revealed, a "new writing staff" was working on Ghostbusters III, essentially replacing or rewriting the script handed in years ago by The Office and Bad Teacher writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. The name of that "writing staff" is actually just Etan Cohen, who helped write Tropic Thunder and Men in Black III, and his hiring, as reported by Variety, heralds both good and bad news.
The good news, for Ghostbusters fans, is that a third installment is moving forward and with a writer who has some experience revitalizing a movie franchise after a decade-long break. The basic plotline, as Aykroyd has admitted, would involve a new group of Ghostbusters coming in to take over for the aging, original crew. "The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters III is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood because my character, Ray, is now blind in one eye, can't drive the Cadillac, has a bad hip, bad knee and can't pick up the pack," Said Aykroyd last August. "Harold [Ramis], uh, Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that's the promise." That could mean that Cohen will mostly write for newer characters mixing with older characters, something he has experience in after Men in Black III and Tropic Thunder. what's the bad news? >>