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A potential (and long-rumored) third film in the Ghostbusters franchise is currently in early script development at Sony Pictures. A first draft was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers and co-executive producers on the US version of The Office). Dan Aykroyd currently has the script and has been making further revisions.

The premise involves the original team training a new generation of Ghostbusters. In recent interviews, Aykroyd stated that he is looking for three young men and one young woman for the lead roles. Although no actual plot details have been revealed, Aykroyd has mentioned that the "post-2012 cataclysm" may be part of the conflict.

Aykroyd has also mentioned the possibility of new Ghostbusting equipment, including a "psychotron" (a misnomer?), accelerators, and a device that allows the user to flip from dimension to dimension called the "neuron splitter".

Etan Cohen, writer of "Men in Black 3" and "Tropic Thunder", was hired to write a second draft. //

Beyond basic script development, Ghostbusters 3 is NOT currently in production.

[Link] [Revise] History of Updates

A constant source of on-again, off-again rumors, Ghostbusters 3 has been in "development hell" since at least 1997, when Ramis and Aykroyd were working on a concept now known as "Hellbent". The same premise of mixing the original cast with trainees taking over was in place even in "Hellbent", and it was rumored to have been written with Chris Farley in mind. Later, Ben Stiller was suggested as a replacement, and Will Smith, Chris Rock, and Conan O'Brien were also rumored, among others.

The question of whether Bill Murray was willing to return was also pertinent, as he had made his disappointing experience on Ghostbusters II fairly well known, and long-standing rifts between Murray and Ramis remained unaddressed. Eventually, word was that Murray had agreed to appear, but only if his character died and came back as a ghost. The film ultimately came close enough to development to appear as a finished credit in Dan Aykroyd's filmography on a handful of Universal DVDs, including 1941, the original "Collector's Edition" Blues Brothers DVD and Blues Brothers 2000.

In 1999, Aykroyd revealed that the screenplay (which was described by IGN as being "too technical", with a new team of Ghostbusters that were not clearly delineated and lacking in conflict or personality) was budgeted by Columbia at around $150 million, which at the time represented a prohibitively expensive investment for the studio. Aykroyd asked to shop the script to other studios, but Sony refused to license the franchise rights to another company, and the project was considered dead.

In 2005, while promoting The Ice Harvest, Harold Ramis explained more about the "Hellbent" screenplay to In Focus, describing how the characters would have ended up in an alternate version of New York that exists simultaneously with the real world. "But it’s like a film shutter — it’s the darkness between the 24 frames. So we blink alternately with this other reality, which is Hell. So all the Ghostbusters would need to do (to go to Hell) is take themselves “out of phase” one beat. And we create a device to do it, and it’s in a warehouse in Brooklyn. And when we step out of the chamber, it looks just like New York — but it’s Hell. Everything’s gridlocked — no cars are moving, no vehicles are moving, and all the drivers are swearing at each other in different foreign languages. It’s all the worst things about modern urban life, just magnified. And Heaven was across the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. The Ghostbusters had to make this journey from Lower Manhattan to the George Washington Bridge." Ramis also reiterated their interest in using Stiller and Farley. It seems as if two versions may have existed: one in which the group is mourning Venkman's death and another with the character's regular level of participation.

In 2008, during an interview with Mike McGuire on CISN Country 103.9 FM in Edmonton, Alberta, Dan Aykroyd announced that Sony was developing Ghostbusters III: Hellbent as an all-CGI movie. "I can do all the things I wanted to do for much, much less money," he stated. Later, on a Canadian morning show he discussed the same plot that Ramis mentioned, while indicating Murray's full involvement. "We go to the hell side of Manhattan, downtown, Foley Square. It's all where the cops are--they are all blue minotaurs. Central Park is this huge peat mine with green demons there, surrounded by black onyx thousand-foot high apartment buildings with classic red devils, very wealthy. We go and visit a Donald Trump-like character who is Mr. Sifler. Luke Sifler. Lu-cifer. So we meet the devil in it".

Shortly afterward, Sierra announced Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which reunited all four main actors in a plot revised by Aykroyd and Ramis (only Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis opted out). It's unclear whether or not Aykroyd was referring to the video game when talking about the supposed CGI movie, or if Sony had also attempted to create an animated sequel, but Aykroyd has mentioned in interviews that the plot isn't directly based on "Hellbent" but instead contains much of the same material. Aykroyd has gone on record saying that the game "is essentially the third movie".

Meanwhile, conflicting reports of an actual third movie began to emerge. Ernie Hudson told that Ghostbusters III was still very much a possibility, and that he hoped that the new video game would generate renewed interest in a third Ghostbusters film. During Juno's Oscar push, Jason Reitman was asked whether he would be interested in directing Ghostbusters 3, but he replied that he had little interest in directing the franchise as it was his father's creation. Premiere Magazine interviewed Sigourney Weaver and asked if a new film was in the works, but she replied, “Well, I just saw Ivan Reitman at this dinner, this lunch for his son, and there’s no way.”

As the game progressed, however, things started looking up. Sony quietly assigned Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the writers of Harold Ramis' Year One, to develop a third picture. While promoting City of Ember at Fantastic Fest in late 2008, Bill Murray said that "the wounds from Ghostbusters II have healed", citing the fresh perspective of Eisenberg and Stupnitsky was a good idea, that recording voice-over for the game had sparked good memories, and that he held Ghostbusters in high regard ("the first 45 minutes of Ghostbusters, or 40 minutes, are about as funny as a movie gets"). Sigourney Weaver also suggested that her character's son Oscar would make sense as a new Ghostbuster, although her character seemed unnecessary. Finally, in March 2009, Sony announced that they were actively developing Ghostbusters 3 as a theatrical sequel.

Aykroyd has indicated that the writers have seen the game, and are making sure the script for the third movie will incorporate any plot developments. He has also said that he hopes the first Ghostbusters game is a success, as he has ideas for more.

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Harold Ramis confirmed a script was in the works to MTV, and said that it's not likely that Reitman will direct the movie, although he will be involved. He also said that he wasn't planning on directing it either.

In another short piece by Entertainment Weekly that included quotes from Ramis, it was suggested that Rick Moranis would also be returning, but Ramis does not actually mention Moranis' name. Several websites extrapolated from the Entertainment Weekly piece, and now there is a "rumor" that Moranis would be back, but in a 2005 interview with Proton Charging, Moranis claimed he had no interest in making another Ghostbusters movie, as he disliked the experience of making the second film, and as of 2010, he has been semi-retired for several years. As Moranis also did not reprise his role for the video game, it is unlikely that he will return for the film, if and when it gets made.

Since the release of the video game, progress has been slow, but as of October 2010, a "first draft" has been submitted to Sony for approval. According to a Sony representative at a fan convention in Italy (reported on by Proton Charging), Sony has approved the first draft of Eisenberg and Stupnitsky's screenplay.

Website FilmDrunk adds, via an unidentified studio contact, that Aykroyd, Ramis, Reitman have also approved the draft, and it is reportedly on its way to Bill Murray for final approval. If the draft is approved, there are tentative plans to start shooting by the end of 2010 or early 2011 for a 2012 release date. Murray has been skeptical about the film in the press, noting in a GQ interview that he did not like what he saw of the pair's film Year One, and stating that he wasn't particularly interested in furthering Sony's franchising opportunities by showing up just to pass the torch, but he also noted that fan devotion for the franchise had worn away at him, saying, "I thought, oh, Christ, maybe I should just do this thing."

More recently, there have been gossip of how the script has been approved and is on the way of a Spring 2011 shooting; also, there has been talk of Dan Aykroyd appearing at a radio show in Chicago, claiming that they're already starting to take up casting. According to Mr. Aykroyd, he mentioned how actor Bill Hader and actress Anna Faris are “strong possibilities” to make appearance in the sequel, as well as he named actress Eliza Dushku (of course, a few weeks back there had been a couple interviews with Miss Dushku of her opinions of appearing in the three-quel); then he claimed that Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver will be returning to reprise their roles in this long-rumored sequel. We'll never know for sure who will or who will not be joining this movie, IF it were ever made, but let us HOPE and PRAY this long-awaited sequel will have a more WELL-WRITTEN PLOT, WELL-CAST ACTORS, and have a more MEMORABLE tribute to the last two films in which maybe someday our children and grandchildren will enjoy in the future.


It has been rumored that the Ghostbusters 3 script is waiting on approval from Bill Murray. This rumor has been confirmed with Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show as saying "Before I was an asset , but now I'm the problem. There's a script somewhere, but I haven't read it yet". He later on in the interview says "Ivan wants to make it and I owe him. He's puzzled that I haven't gotten to this one, I'll get to it, I feel bad." He also states, "It's not the foremost thing in my mind, so I dont think about it".

During a radio interview with Dennis Miller "The Dennis Miller Show", Dan Aykroyd confirmed Ghostbusters 3 with saying "Yes we will be doing the movie, hopefully with Mr. Murray, that is our hope."

The script is written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Lee and Gene are well known for "Year One", "The Office", and "Bad Teacher". Mr. Murray is thought to be not very keen of the duo. Mr. Murray had previously accused the duo, of writing the worst comedy ever made, "Year`One". Dan Aykroyd went on in the interview to say "I think [Murray] was concerned that the writing on ‘Ghostbusters 3’ by these guys would not be up to standard, but I can tell you firsthand, I’m working on the script now and those two – Stupnitsky and Eisenberg – wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime, and the new Ghostbusters and the old are well represented in it."

Eliza Dushku, Alyssa Milano, and Anna Faris are rumored to also have a role in the third film.Dan Aykroyd is very favorable to Matthew Gray Gubler from "Criminal Minds".With production planned for early next year, we’ll hopefully be hearing some firm casting news in the coming months. So keep an eye on IMDB for all new announcements kiddies.


In February 2012 Dan AYkroyd was on a Live Chat with Empire. He stated that the GB3 script needs more work to be perfect because they will not release a movie that is less than perfect. He denied the "Bill Murray's shredding script" made up by the National Enquirer back in December and added "We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that." . The chat brought up the subject of a possible Rick Moranis' return as Louis Tully "If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant."

Empire then started a new GB3 rumor: Dan Aykroyd wants to recast Peter Venkman if Murray doesn't reprise his role, altough Dan Aykroyd never stated that. So, we have to wait and see.


After the Empire interview, Dan Aykroyd was interviewed by The Telegraph and asked more specifically about GB3. Aykroyd's answer was not a positive one: Bill Murray doesn't want to be in the movie, but the studio, Reitman and Ramis feels that there is a way to do it.


“We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.”

A couple of months after that interview, Bill Murray himself opens up about his participation in a third Ghostbusters movie, calling it a possibility.


This page was last edited by geergeeshee on July 24, 2012, 4:52 pm
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