Ghostbusters 3 – coming soon to a theater near you! Or maybe not… And it will have Bill Murray in it! Oh, wait… no go on that one either. It’s a movie, it’s a cartoon, it’s a fkn musical set in outer space! There seems to be very little in the way of concrete truth revolving around this eternally limbo-bound project and most of what we hear seems to be little more than hopeful comments via Dan Aykroyd. But now, Ivan Reitman, director of the original, stepped up to talk about the potential for a third Ghostbusters flick. Check out the video below to hear what he had to say:
Well folks, that’s about as good as it gets. Still trying to make it and still no Murray.
And life goes on…
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
Rick Moranis, the Canadian actor, 80s comedy legend and SCTV alum best known to nerddom as Louis Tully of Ghostbusters, Dark Helmet of Spaceballs, and Seymour Krelbourne of Little Shop of Horrors hasn’t been seen in a film since 1996, but he’s hardly retired.
He does VO work, performs as a musician, and is raising two children as a single father.
Recently, Heeb Magazine interviewed Moranis regarding his latest album: My Mother’s Brisket. Among other things, Moranis revealed that he was once very close to making Spaceballs 3 (that’s right….THREE), and he was approached regarding a new Ghostbusters film several years ago:
(“BA” is Brian Abrams of Heeb)
BA:Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
RM: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.
BA: In terms of just getting enough money?
RM: I wasn’t privy to what the budget was or anything, but the deal he presented me, what he wanted me to do, was not workable. It was two or three years later. He wanted me to … it’s better if I don’t get into the particulars of it. Because it is so specific, it’s counter-productive to talk about it. But I was unable to make a deal, and it would have been something I would have wanted to do. But that ship has sailed. Then, there’s the perennial talk of another Ghostbusters, but that’s all talk and speculation.
BA: Have you been approached about it?
RM: I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, “Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired”—which is one of my favorites, by the way.
BA: When the Internet says you’re retired?
RM: I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?
BA: He needs that confirmation, so he can go back to people and make his deal.
RM: Yeah. That’s called “producing.” I got this, and I got this. Gimme some money.
Okay, Spaceballs III: The Search For Spaceballs II, is the goddamn funniest idea for a sequel title I’ve ever heard. Too bad it didn’t get off the ground…Wonder what the issue between him and Mel Brooks was.
As for the “news” regarding Ghostbusters 3, the most famous sequel never made, Moranis doesn’t seem to know anything the rest of us don’t already know. Apparently, someone connected to Dan Aykroyd is now aware that Rick Moranis has not retired…so there’s that.
Anyway, forget Ghostbusters 3: I want….no, NEED to see Spaceballs III: The Search For Spaceballs II!
I can’t help but feel we’re enabling a desperate man’s sickness by posting news like this, but yet again actor/comedian/liquor entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd is talking about the long, long, long, long, long gestating Ghostbusters 3 sequel.
While on Larry King Now, Aykroyd was asked about where the third Ghostbusters movie currently sits, and while they touched on Bill Murray‘s participation (no interest, but door’s open, long story short), Aykroyd did talk about casting the new film, and who and what he might be looking for.
“We’re going to have to cast. We need four new ghostbusters,” Aykroyd said. “We need four new Columbia students.”
“It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University,” he added. “Basically there’s research being done that…I can say that the world or our dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width, and time, become threatened by some of the research that is being done. And Ghostbusters, new Ghostbusters have to come and some the problem.”
Great. Now all Aykroyd needs is a script, a cast, a budget, a film crew and a release date and maybe we’ll see Ghostbusters 3 sometime in the next decade, or at least before the original ‘Busters start turning into Ghosts themselves.
More (non) new as it develops (inevitably).
Source: Comic Book Movie
Dan, Dan, Dan… Well, here we go again.
Dan Aykroyd recently spoke with ABC News (
the one in Australia oops, move on) about the eternally ethereal Ghostbusters 3 in his eternal quest to talk to anyone that will listen about the project. What is revealed is more mad ramblings from the vodka salesman (a fine and quality beverage if I may add, I have many skull shaped bottles to prove my love) about how the the third GB movie is still moving forward. In fact he reveals that filming should begin in winter (I’m guessing ‘a’ winter and not ‘next‘ winter.) Wait… last we heard it was going to be a CGI cartoon… it’s back to live action now? I thought the next step was high school musical theater…
Anyhoo, here’s what he had to say about the current status of the ‘movie’ -PLUS a vague hint at the ‘plot’:
“I feel re-encouraged, reinvigorated by the pages that I have seen. I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon. It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the new year. I won’t say anything, it’s very exciting. The Higgs boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible come through.”
Let me guess… in the third act a giant something-or-other stomps its way through New York? Hey, at least he’s not trying to make a Coneheads sequel. Where is Bill Murray and his paper shredder when you need them?
Before the fanboy flames fire up, let’s remember the movie has been in development hell for decades, cash strapped Sony Pictures has been lukewarm on the project at best, and other than a remake (that no one wants) buzz around the threequel has never been positive. Dan is still the only one that seems interested in the project (save for that ONE offhand reference Ivan Retiman made once.) At this point, the question has become rhetorical, do you really want to see what happens to a beloved cinema classic (the first one that is) this far out?
No Murray, no Ghostbusters 3.
Source: Bleeding Cool
The troubled saga of the Ghostbusters franchise continues. It’s been a little quiet on the GB threequel front since the last time actor/vodka salesman Dan Aykroyd talked about the project moving forward without Bill Murray. Now? Apparently Sony/Columbia Pictures is considering going the animated route for a third crack at busting a few ghosts. That’s what Bloody Disgusting is saying an unnamed source (that I want to believe is Ernie Hudson) told them. Also, this is not the first time the idea has been optioned. Back in 2007 Sony exes looked into firing up the proton packs for an animated feature that eventually evolved into the 2009 video game.
Sadly this nameless source didn’t have much else to say on the project, so let me fill in the end part here myself. Apparently this project refuses to die. It should have long ago, but damn it if you (Sony) are so damn dead set on wringing the last little bit of life out Ghostbusters, make the damn cartoon then. To be honest a CGI Pixar-ish Ghostbusters movie is probably the lesser of all evils. I would rather see Stanz with that annoying Dreamworks face for 90 minutes than a reboot, but I’ll still go on record that Bill Murray‘s involvement is key. No Venkman, no Ghostbusters. Murray has done a CGI cartoon (Garfield) or two (Kitties, tale of) in the past, maybe he’d come on board for this? Voice works pays out well and requires a lot less involvement…
… somewhere an alleged paper shredder just fired up.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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Dan, We need to talk.
Mr. Aykroyd I, like the many others that may inadvertently read this personal letter cleverly disguised as a post on a nerd news site, can say I am a fan of so many things that you have brought to the big and small screen. First and foremost, the Ghostbusters‘ movies (with Spies Like Us a very close second) hold a special, special place and you remain in my top 5 list of original Saturday Night Live cast members that are Caucasian males with dark hair.
Over the past few years we have heard you entertain thoughts of a third movie about busting ghosts, and I will say I was on board. Right with you all up until it got a little bit silly. Right around the time when Bill (Murray) shredded the script (allegedly.) Not to say that his lack of interest in the project is part of why I think it is a bad idea, however his lack of involvement helps my decision.
Recently in an interview with Esquire magazine when asked about Sony’s recent financial problems leading to GB3 being delayed you responded with this:
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Well, that didn’t last long.
Just a week or so ago Ivan Retiman made an off hand mention that production on a third Ghostbusters movie would begin next summer and the internet went wild with nerd rage and speculation. Thankfully fate has intervened once again and the chances of cameras rolling on GB3 next summer are nil.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Sony Pictures doesn’t have the money for that (or any other movies) for the time being. Citing multiple sources, HR reports that film production at the studio has been frozen until at least the end of the fiscal year.
So the earliest Sony could give a Ghostbusters threequel the go ahead would be next March, leaving ample time for Bill Murray to express mild interest to only then quickly decline, cause multiple rewrites , and once and for all cripple the production. I just pray Bill has his (alleged) paper shredder handy.
See you next March when we will report the next reason Ghostbusters 3 will never be made.
Source: Bleeding Cool