Columbia moving forward with a new Ghostbusters… script (updated 9/7)

Despite the enthusiasm of some movie news sites, Variety‘s article about Columbia Pictures hiring the screenwrriters of Harold Ramis’s upcoming Year One, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, to write a script for Ghostbusters III, with the intention of bringing the whole band back together, is much ado about very little: they hired screenwriters.

It’s been long established, for instance, that Bill Murray is hesitant about the project, although as recently as last year, this supposedly on-again/off-again project was moving forward as a CGI animated movie, with Murray’s blessing. (Hell, four years ago, there was talk about Ben Stiller top-lining a sequel.)

All I’m saying is, don’t get all excited, because they’ve been talking about this for years. Sure, Columbia’s hired some screenwriters. Big whoop. Let’s get some contracts in the actors’ hands and Ivan Reitman back in the director’s seat, and then maybe I’ll start to care.

UPDATE: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter‘s article has a different story, characterizing the project as — say it with me — a “reboot”:

The original filmmakers, including director Ivan Reitman, and cast are aware of the project and involved in its development. Some original cast members might be involved, but not in central roles.

Interesting — and not altogether a bad idea, if we’re talking about a soft reboot: new team, same continuity. Even without all of the originals, it stands to reason that, in-universe, the Ghostbusters might have gotten a little too old for that shit and hired some replacements. But we’ll see.

UPDATE (9/7): The Chicago Tribune’s Pop Machine blog has apparently received a response from Harold Ramis with a tiny bit of new info, supporting the “soft reboot” approach I guessed about earlier:

yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my year one writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. judd apatow is co-producing year one and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. not much else to say at this point. everyone is confident a decent script can be written and i guess we’ll take it from there.

…and it also confirms that this is just a script, at this stage.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 09:35 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Matt
    on 2008-09-05 at 10:53

    Hey, I thought they were considering the upcoming Ghostbusters video game (Wii, PS3,360) to be the new movie, instead of actually making a new movie.

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