Earlier this week came the announcement that Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was stepping down from the helm of the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 following the death of Harold Ramis.
Now, Nikki Finke reports that directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in talks to helm the project. Lord and Miller have made quite a splash in recent years with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009, 21 Jump Street in 2012 (which will see a sequel released later this year) and their most recent hit, The LEGO Movie.
Following the tragic loss of Harold Ramis last month, it was reported that the script for a third Ghostbusters film was being reworked.
Now, Deadline brings word that Ivan Reitman is stepping down as the film’s director and will help in finding a replacement as the studio targets an early 2015 production in the Big Apple. The storyline is rumored to focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters with cameos from the original stars written into the script.
Following the tragic loss of Harold Ramis yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter now has an update on the status of Ghostbusters 3, which, according to their sources, is now being slightly reworked to remove a Ramis cameo.
Although plans had been for Ghostbusters 3 to shoot in Cleveland this year, the trade notes that the script still isn’t quite ready to move forward. Ramis’ planned involvement is said to have been minimal, however.
Is Columbia Pictures getting ready to start production on Ghostbusters 3? According to NBC Cleveland, Ohio affiliate WKYC, filming will take place in the city in spring 2014:
“More movie projects are on the way. One being the sequel to “Ghostbusters” as Sony has penciled in spring 2014 date to start shooting the third installment here in Cleveland.”
The much-anticipated Ghostbusters 3 is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Leading man Dan Aykroyd spoke today on “Larry King Now,” revealing new details about the sequel’s plot.
“It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University,” he tells King. “…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.”
Bloody-Disgusting is reporting today a rumor that Sony Pictures may want to make Ghostbusters 3 an animated film.
“Sony is looking to do Ghostbusters 3 as an animated film, a source exclusively reveals to Bloody Disgusting. This was the original plan back in 2007, which eventually resulted in the incredible 2009 video game,” the site says.
The Hollywood Reporter has a brief update on the long-in-the-works Ghostbusters 3:
Any decision on Ghostbusters III, the long, long gestating sequel, has been postponed until the end of March — this after Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was paid a huge sum for a script. Shooting was to begin next summer but now couldn’t start before fall at best.
Rumored for more than two decades, and the center of countless rumors, Ghostbusters 3 appears to finally be moving forward, albeit without leading man Bill Murray.
Deadline reports that the current schedule calls for Ivan Reitman to return as director with a summer 2013 production start being targeted.
Dan Aykroyd previously confirmed reports that the plot will revolve around a new generation of Ghostbusters and hinted at the states of his and Harold Ramis’ characters.