If there's one person who's refused to give up on Ghostbusters III, its Dan Aykroyd. The actor, who co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 original and the 1989 sequel, has been championing the project for years. Bill Murray, however, has been constantly poking fun at the idea of another sequel, at one point calling it "his nightmare." Last year, Murray even admitted that he hadn't read the script from The Office and Bad Teacher writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.
Undeterred, Aykroyd has pressed on. Last August he said the latest installment would see the original Ghostbusters give up their photon packs to a new generation, and that Ghostbusters III would get made "and hopefully with Mr. Murray." In a recent interview with The Telegraph, it seems that Aykroyd has finally given in, admitting that Murray won't appear and that the sequel is in "suspended animation." could the sequel be made without murray? >> Posted 03.01.12 by Ryan
Talk of a potential Ghostbusters III has been going on for years, but the main sticking point has been Bill Murray, who seems to have no interest in returning whatsoever. Usually that leaves either Dan Aykroyd or Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman to publicly address that the sequel is happening, no matter how much Murray seems to slow down any forward progress.
In January, Reitman admitted that the script, from Bad Teacher screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, was finally complete, but, a month later, Murray admitted he hadn't read it. Ackroyd spills Ghostbusters III details >> Posted 08.26.11 by Ryan
While a third Ghostbusters movie has been talked about for years, plans for Ghostbusters III started to look realistic when Harold Ramis explained in June of 2009 that he was working on the story for Ghostbusters 3 with his Year One screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. At the time, Ramis said that the entire cast "says they'll do it." Six months later he revealed that the script would "introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too." While the cast may have casually agreed to return, Ghostbusters III has a very public critic who has continued to punch holes in the possibility of another Ghostbusters: Bill Murray. Murray vs. Aykroyd >> Posted 10.09.10 by Ryan
Now that there's word from Harold "Egon" Ramis himself that that there will indeed be a Ghostbusters 3 in 2011, news that it will include both the old Ghostbusters and a younger cast of new Ghostbusters headed by a grown-up Oscar (Dana's baby in Ghostbusters 2) has uber-nerd Michael Cera saying that he wants in.
While there have been no official casting announcements for the next generation of Ghostbusters, Cera has reportedly been campaigning to play Oscar. The actor informed People magazine that during the filming of Year One, he constantly harangued Ramis, the movie's director, about the Ghostbusters franchise and potentially playing a part in the third movie.
I loved Ghostbusters! As a kid, I wanted to be Bill Murray's character. Harold told me lots of stories and I memorized every word.
Obviously this doesn't mean Cera is a shoe-in for a part in Ghostbusters 3, but it is some interesting "rumor" news, and he would make a perfect Oscar.... Posted 12.31.09 by reelz
When Sigourney Weaver dropped some details about Ghostbusters 3, it seemed like she was giving away some spoilers ... but she's not alone. Harold Ramis confirmed to Heeb Magazine that there will be a new group of Ghostbusters in the third installment, which may see theaters in 2011.
Something's going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel. We'll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future ... GB3 is progressing with plans to shoot next summer and release in 2011.
Ghostbusters 3 currently has no director, though Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 director Ivan Reitman hasn't "ruled out" returning to direct a script by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office). Posted 12.30.09 by Ryan
It's been 25 years since the original Ghostbusters taught us who to call when "paranormal activity" gets out of control. But after the poorly-received Ghostbusters II in 1989, it seemed that the franchise was officially dead, at least as far as features were concerned. This year, however, nearly every member of the original production has chimed in on the possibility of resurrecting the franchise.
Dan Aykroyd, who starred as Dr. Raymond Stantz and co-wrote both Ghostbusters movies with Harold Ramis, announced in February that production on a third movie could begin as early as "late fall 2009." In June, Ramis, who starred as Dr. Egon Spengler in addition to his writing duties, said that he was working on a story for the sequel but that he didn't think that director Ivan Reitman was interested. That same month, Reitman responded that he had "never ruled out" returning for another Ghostbusters.
Now, Bill Murray has chimed in on the possibility of reprising the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters III to Absolute Radio (via the Latino Review).
Posted 10.15.09 by BrentJS
I'll believe it when I see it ... I don't want to do it yet. There's still no script. It's just a bunch of talk. It's just a wish list for someone. Until there's a really good script, I'll stay home and play snooker, or whatever you [British] do. It has to be a serious script before I'll leave the house.
It's gotta be really good, you know? I'm not going to make one just to make another one ... you gotta be really fierce about it.
It's been 25 years since "Who ya gonna call?" became a national catchphrase and 20 years since the bland sequel to Ghostbusters all but ended the franchise. Over the years, there has been sporadic talk about reviving the franchise, but the principals could never agree to terms and the franchise languished. Now, the possibility of a third film about New York City's favorite paranormal investigators seems a possibility, thanks to an unlikely impetus: the Ghostbusters video game.
A couple of weeks ago, Harold Ramis, who co-wrote and starred in the first two Ghostbusters films, said he had written a story for a third film that The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were adapting into a screenplay. Now, with the Ghostbusters video game becoming the top-selling Xbox 360 game and second best-selling Playstation 3 game on Amazon.com, there is even more talk about the film franchise. As reported in Variety, Mark Caplan, VP of licensing at Sony Pictures said:
For now, we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The game and the Blu-ray (release) will have a big impact on all of us. And we'll decide what to do from there.
The Ghostbusters video game script, co-written by Dan Aykroyd and Ramis, contains more than 10,000 lines of dialgogue and features the voices of principal actors Ramis, Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis declined to participate for unspecified reasons. Posted 06.20.09 by BrentJS
This morning, Jack Black and Michael Cera were on the CBS Early Show to promote Year One, which will be in theaters Friday.
When asked about the plot, Black made good on his well-known arsenal of musical trivia and referenced a few notes from a Genesis song (get it? Genesis ... movie about prehistoric times?). He then likened the Harold Ramis-directed comedy to another well-known comedy from 30 years ago:
So we're cavemen ... prehistoric dudes, and we're just sort of wandering through Biblical times. A lot like, you know, one of the old Biblical comedies like Life of Brian, in that flavor.
It would probably be foolish to expect Year One to deliver the same level of hilarity as the 1979 movie. That's a tough act to follow. On the other hand, we have to admit that the costumes and set design look very similar.
Compare the two trailers to see what we mean: Posted 06.15.09 by reelz
Sony Pictures recently released this hilarious new movie trailer from the upcoming Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) film, Year One. The film stars Jack Black (Nacho Libre) and Michael Cera (Superbad) as two lazy hunter-gatherers who get banished from their village and set about on an epic quest.
Year One also stars Olivia Wilde (Turistas), Paul Rudd (Role Models) and David Cross (Arrested Development). Posted 06.12.09 by BrentJS
Harold Ramis needs to pick up the phone. When it comes to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman's return for Ghostbusters III, Ramis has said "I don't think he wants to," however Reitman has already said he might be interested in returning. Reitman told MTV:
I've never ruled [directing Ghostbusters III] out. Icertainly was responsible in every capacity for the first two movies so I certainly wouldn't wander away from the third one -- especially if it's something we all think is worth doing.
Reitman agreed with Ramis that he thought the third movie would revolve around a younger group of characters, perhaps even a female or two. "That was certainly in the outline they proposed," said Reitman.
Reitman claims the script, written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office), should be delivered "in a month or so." At that time, who will be in and who won't be, will become a lot more clear. Posted 06.10.09 by Ryan