There’s been a lot of indirect word about Ghostbusters 3 over the past two years, mostly via tubthumping from Dan Aykroyd and amusing dismissals of the project from Bill Murray. One person from whom we haven’t heard much is Ivan Reitman, director of the original film and the man contracted to direct the third.

Now Mr. Reitman says that “”Virtually everything you’ve read on the internet [about Ghostbusters 3] is not accurate.” What does that mean?

CinemaBlend talked to the director, who threw out that statement and got a few small factual updates.

The updates are these: while we’ve heard that the film could shoot in May, Mr. Reitman says it isn’t cast yet, and in doing so (as the report is written) seems to downplay that date. (We heard last May that the film would shoot in fall 2010, too, and that didn’t happen.) And the first full script by Year One writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg was only handed in a month ago. It has been sent to Bill Murray for notes and/or approval.

Now, what exactly is it that has been reported that is incorrect? Sadly, that’s info we don’t have. He could be downplaying any of a wide variety of stories: new faces in the team; ghost Venkman; the return of Sigourney Weaver; the appearance of a slightly grown version of her character’s son, who may or may not be Venkman’s son; interest in casting names like Bill Hader; and so many more.

Frankly, at this point there are so many Ghostbusters 3 stories floating around that it might be better to start from scratch and say we don’t know what the movie is at all. Which is what Ivan Reitman seems to be trying to accomplish, but a little more detail would help clear the air.

Update: ComingSoon also talked to the director, who said,

There is almost nothing that is accurate online about that film… There is nothing… I mean, all these stories… there has been a ton of stuff about casting, about who’s in… none of it is true.

Asked specifically about Dana’s son taking the reins and Venkman being a ghost, he said,

Oh, no, yeah… I mean, Sigourney Weaver has a role in this movie. All the original characters have parts. As well as a whole bunch of new characters… it’s got a really good story, this one. Maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it.

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