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Ghostbusters 3′ is the family member who used to be cool but fell on hard times. And now every time he drops in, he drinks too much and makes an ass of himself. It’s good to think about how awesome he used to be, but there’s just no arguing with the facts. ‘Ghostbusters 3’ was such a warm and fuzzy idea once, but with the downer death of co-star and co-writer Harold Ramis, revisiting that world is like trying to get the Beatles back together without John Lennon. Bill Murray was never into it despite what the media says and the only empowering force behind the project is the single-mindedly obsessed Dan Aykroyd. Not even the original director Ivan Reitman wants to entertain drunk uncle’s foolishness, and he’s kinda coming out about why. Kinda.

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If this thing actually does take off and it’s not just about Uncle Dan’s inebriated ramblings anymore, prepare for some radical changes. The third film will inhabit the same universe as the first two, but there’s a whole new theme being developed by helmsman-elect Paul Feig. And he’s gunning for an all-female cast. After scoring hard with the hit ‘Bridesmaids,’ if anybody could pull this off, it’s him. And if not him, it sure as hell won’t be Ivan Reitman.

“I am very involved. I’m a producer of the film. I wasn’t giving it all up. I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn’t necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn’t need to direct Ghostbusters, let me put it that way. Having done the other two and with the passing of Harold and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested being in it, I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we’re going to have the quality and style of what is appropriate for another version of that film. But the franchise could benefit from somebody else’s point of view. I’ve done it twice before and it will be great to get somebody else to lend a hand as well.”

Let me pull out my bullshit detector and see what I can prime from that quote: “Dan Aykroyd’s my friend and I don’t want to leave him hanging, but no way in hell will I be blamed for this film’s eventual failure.” Man, I knew one day these bullshit detectors I stole from my 11th grade English teacher were gonna pay off one day.

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With the death of Ramis, and Bill Murray not being the least bit interested in the job, I’m not the least bit interested in the movie. When Aykroyd’s not cramming Ghostbusters down our throats, he’s selling (and probably drinking) vodka encased in the shape of a crystal skull. Kinda like from the Indiana Jones movie – another flop nobody should be referencing. Which is apropos, because Uncle Dan’s also really into the existence of aliens and ghosts and government conspiracies. In a nutshell, he pretty much belongs in a nuthouse. And despite all the dreading and worry that accompanies the arrival of that annoying family lush around holiday time, there’s also a lot of placating. I’m betting that’s what Reitman’s doing here.

Via – SuperHeroHype

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