Ivan Reitman certainly didn't need to give up the director's chair to Ghostbusters 3. He had been attached to helm the film for years, and as the director of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 he was the most logical choice to close out the trilogy. Still, that didn't stop him from giving up the job back in March, and letting Sony search for a new filmmaker to guide the project. So why exactly did Reitman decide not to direct Ghostbusters 3?
Now, some people are opposed to Ghostbusters 3 out a sheer distaste for reboots and sequels, especially long-delayed ones that have the original cast avoiding them like the plague. That I totally understand. But others have a specific brand of rage about this latest news, and it's sinister.
Paul Feig has been on a bit of a roll in the last few years. While his foray into feature filmmaking was the poorly-received Unaccompanied Minors, in 2011 he silenced all critics with the hit Bridesmaids. Not only was that movie a blockbuster success - pulling in $288 million globally on a reported $32.5 million budget - he followed it up with The Heat, which performed on the same high level (making $229 million on a $43 million budget).
Max Landis, the screenwriter behind the found footage superhero flick Chronicle, may not be doing a rewrite on Ghostbusters 3 as was rumored earlier this week, but that doesn't mean that the guy doesn't have an idea of what he would do with the upcoming sequel.
Ever since 22 Jump Street managed to trounce How To Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters this past weekend, I have been racking my brain thinking about the directions I would love to see Lord and Miller go. Considering their sensibilities, style, taste and even a few quotes from the past, I’ve come up with five different future feature projects that the directing duo would be perfect for.
Last night, a report from Nikki Finke (since deleted) announced that Landis was doing a three-week “polish” on the existing Ghostbusters 3 script. This was news to the loquacious Landis, who took to Twitter to debunk this in his own chatty way.
Lord and Miller and riding high following The Lego Movie becoming the second highest grossing film of the year. It would make sense that they would be approached to make Ghostbusters 3
With Ernie Hudson talking about a shooting schedule, are we to assume that he and possibly Dan Aykroyd will be the two remaining cast members representing the original team? And who would you select to be the members of the next generation of possible Ghostbusters? The sequel is happening, people. What can Sony do to make sure you are on board?
The issue is that apparently Fleischer is hesitant to take on a bigger project since he's just become a father and wants to spend some time with his kid. Hey, congrats, Ruben, very cool!
Phil Lord and Chris Miller truly seem to have the Midas touch. As the duo explained to us while on the set of the upcoming 22 Jump Street, every feature project they have taken on - from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs to 21 Jump Street to The LEGO Movie - seemed like a terrible idea at the start of its development, but they have managed to create gold each and every time out.
In other words, the news wasn’t that Reitman was stepping down, but rather that the movie was bonafide, legit, 100%, no-foolin’ happening. Holy cow, man. And now sources say the production may have gotten their man. Or men.
But what KIND of director would take this job? We here at Cinemablend decided to parse the list of potential filmmakers to find the ten most likely types of filmmakers who would take on this lofty position, finding not only ten possible choices, but ten types of choices, with all the variables found therein.
After many, many, many years of false starts and rumors, it's tremendously hard to really trust Ghostbusters 3 stories anymore, but we may now be closer than ever to seeing the film actually happen
Ivan Reitman is going to be meeting with the heads of the studio to figure out exactly how they will move forward. Apparently the idea for the script was to have Ramis, Murray, Aykroyd and Hudson make cameo appearances in the second sequel and then "set up a baton-passing to a trio of newcomers."
Aykroyd wasn’t exactly forthcoming with new details, either, though he did promise King a role in this one, where he could “comment on what’s happening in Manhattan up there at Morningside Heights. It’s going to be quite a spectacular scene once the stuff starts to break.”