Admit it, you see any headline with the words “Ghostbusters III“ and you start laughing uncontrollably. From Dan Aykroyd‘s seemingly endless self-obsession with the project, to the will-he-or-won’t-he participation of Bill Murray, to the sad and untimely death of Harold Ramis, it seemed as though the gods themselves were lining up against this thing from ever happening. For many film fans still buned by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, another sequel too long in the works to be so disappointing, that was probably for the best. The official departure of Ivan Reitman from Ghostbusters III early this week seemed like the last call for attempts to get the movie made, but Sony works in mysterious ways and have recruited, what might be, the perfect pair of filmmakers to finally make this a reality: Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
The news comes from Nikki Finke‘s Twitter feed, who says that Miller and Lord are “in talks” to come on to the project, which is supposedly set for a fall 2014 start date in New York City. Lord and Miller have enjoyed a lot of success during their initial forays into Hollywood filmmaking as the directing team behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jumps Street and The LEGO Movie, all of which were hits critically and commercially. With that pedigree, Miller and Lord are perfect for Ghostbusters III since, according to The Mary Sue, they are “The guys known for taking movies that shouldn’t be good and… making them good.”
That’s true. No one thought that a 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would be either good or funny, let alone both. And certainly no one expected that a movie about LEGO would be able to rise above the crass commercialism of the concept of a LEGO movie. Miller and Lord shot down both assumptions though and as proof 22 Jump Street comes out later this year while The LEGO Movie is one of the year’s biggest hits with a worldwide box office haul of nearly $400 million.
If Miller and Lord do sign on, then I think this is a project to get genuinely excited about. The plot, according to Reitman, will involve a new generation of Ghostbusters with smaller parts for the original cast (likely Aykroyd and/or Ernie Hudson). You’ll recall that the directors worked in a cameo by original Jump stars Johnny Depp and Peter Deluise into their big screen remake, to they know how to do something fresh that’s at the same time respectful to the source material. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine why no one considered this option before, especially since Miller and Lord have a lucrative relationship with Sony, which produced both Meatballs and Jump Street. Likely we were stifling our dismay and disbelief that this was still a thing, but is Ghostbusters III now something to get excited about? TIme will tell.
More news as it develops.
Source: Coming Soon