Ghostbusters 3 Back On?

Rumor has it that Ghostbusters 3 is now going to happen by summer. I don’t want to say I am opposed to the idea. I’m not. I just don’t like that Bill Murray doesn’t want to come back and they still plan to move ahead with or without him. If they can’t get the main four guys there’s no point.

Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two films, had another movie in pre-production at Paramount that just got put into turnaround. Supposedly the reason Paramount did this was to allow him to make Ghostbusters 3. I don’t see Paramount and Sony working so well together to allow Reitman to bail on them for a higher profile project. I have a feeling they didn’t have enough faith in him or the script and that’s why it happened. I think Paramount and Reitman are just trying to save face. In the last 15 years Reitman has been floundering as a director making bad movies like Evolution and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. That’s greatly diminished his clout. He needs Ghostbusters to get back on top. Dan Aykroyd has been pushing to make this happen for years. That’s not a good thing either. He did the sequel to The Blues Brothers, sullying the memory of John Bulushi, and now is considering making an third Ghostbusters without Bill Murray. I say no.

Sure, I have faith in Etan Cohen as a writer but without all the pieces this could very easily fall apart. I would rather have no new Ghostbusters than an inferior sequel too many years after the fact. Let’s just hope it all comes together right or not at all. We don’t need another Star Wars or Indiana Jones type screw up. If it could be like Rocky or Rambo I would be okay with it.

At this point I guess it’s just a wait and see kind of thing.


Proposed Sequel News – Ghostbusters and Independence Day

I have no problem with sequels…when they’re done well. But I can’t help but feel aprehensive when I hear about them, especially when the franchise has sat dormant for a decade or more.

First up is Ghostbusters 3. There has been so much talk about this movie from so many entertainment sites. There were rumors of Bill Murray not even reading a recent draft, shredding it and sending it back to Dan Aykroyd to smaller he’s of the writers of Year One doing a draft that everyone rejected.

The latest news is that Etan Cohen, writer of the recent Men In Black 3, being hired to write a draft. This could be both good and bad. He worked on King Of The Hill, Beavis & Butt-Head, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder. Those were all co-writing gigs. Men In Black 3 was a solo credit and look how that turned out. Under the guidance of treats like Aykroyd, Ramis and Murray he may create a great story but we may never know.

At this point, like many fans, I almost feel like they should just give up on trying to make a third movie. Maybe that time has just simply passed. I love the first movie and enjoy the second one, flaws and all. But a third one after all these years just may not find a way to live up to fans expectations.

Next up is Independence Day. I don’t know why Fox didn’t make a sequel right away. The only thing I can figure is that the rights are held by the filmmakers and not the studio. Dean Devlin, co-writer and producer of the original said that he and Roland Emmerich have figured out the story and are currently writing the script. No word yet on whether they can get Will Smith back.

My guess is that since Emmerich’s latest film, Anonymous, barely even made it to theaters and Devlin has done nothing of note in years other than producing the television series Leverage that this is not about coming up with a great story and more about getting their names back out there.

Don Coscorelli, director of the Phantasm films, said once that people wouldn’t give him money for other films and so he kept going back to the series. Even after Bubba Ho-Tep he is struggling to find distribution for John Dies At The End. I wonder if Emmerich and Devlin are feeling the same pressure right about now. After Stargate they made Independence Day and it put them on the map. Then the goodwill was gone after making Godzilla and they dissolved their partnership. Emmerich went on to make several high budget movies about disasters and the box office returns slowly shrank. It seems to me it’s more about getting back in the good graces of high powered executives. I hope I’m wrong. I hope they can make a movie closer to Stargate again.