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Who ya gonna call? And when are ya gonna call them? We’re starting to find out.
Sony plans to soldier on with Ghostbusters 3, even though Bill Murray wants no part of it and we lost an original Ghostbuster in Harold Ramis. The idea, from what we have been hearing, is to pass the torch to a younger generation of Ghostbusters, and we might start hearing casting news on the sequel front because the start date for Ghostbusters 3 has been pegged for Fall 2014 or, at the latest, Spring 2015.
This, at least, is the latest from original Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson, who spoke with Film Dumpster at the Niagara Falls Comic-Con and confirmed that the sequel is "definitely happening," with the intention of starting around that time. Give a listen to his comments, in context:
Ernie Hudson also plugs the theatrical re-release of the original Ghostbusters, which we reported on recently, explaining that the cut coming to theaters will have added scenes. That reaches screens on August 29. In September, there are plans for a Blu-ray release on September 16, which will include the sequel, Ghostbusters 2, and will come in this commemorative collector’s set:
So we think we know the start date for Ghostbusters 3 -- though even Ernie Hudson cautions that he’s often told things, only to have them change. What we need next is a director (or two), and a cast. Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer has his name in the mix, and since he passed on Ant-Man for Marvel, his options are open. 22 Jump Street co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were once rumored to be in contention, but they passed. We came up with a list of 10 directing options, Sony, if you need a little help in choosing the right voice to continue the Ghostbusters franchise.
After that, it would be casting. 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?