Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’re covering a few sequels in very different stages of the development process today — one that’s gearing up to begin shooting soon, another that’s yet to be greenlit, and two more that’ve been in the works for what feels like forever. After the jump:
- Bill Murray literally shreds the latest Ghostbusters 3 script to pieces
- David Fincher wants to shoot the two Dragon Tattoo sequels back-to-back
- Gary Mitchell — or Harry Mudd or Trelane or the Talosians or the Horta — could be the baddie in Star Trek 2
- Kathleen Kennedy says Roger Rabbit 2 is stalled for now
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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
If you’ve seen Ghostbusters — and I’m betting it’s a safe assumption that just about all of you have — you’ll probably recall the scene where Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) first learns of the Ghostbusters. She’s in her apartment putting away her groceries when she notices a television commercial for the paranormal extermination service, founded by parapsychologists Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). Unfortunately, the scene cuts between Dana’s television and her reactions to the ad, so we don’t get to see exactly what she sees.
Happily, the Internet is here to help. After the jump, watch the uncut Ghostbusters commercial. It’s not a totally perfect match for the commercial playing in Dana’s apartment — there’s a second or two missing at the very start, and it doesn’t have the phone number splashed across the bottom — but it does have Egon acting delightfully extra-awkward right at the very end.
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From time to time, major organizations such as the AFI give us lists of the best movies of all time. There’s some kind of grand countdown from 100 to 1 and then we debate for a few days over how low this one was ranked or why was another ranked too high. And most of the time, we rarely get a glimpse behind the process.
Time Out London has just released their list of the 100 Best Comedies Of All Time but have done it in a fun and uniquely transparent way. They surveyed over 200 people who work in, with, or around comedy and asked them for their top tens. Then they averaged all those lists together to come up with the top 100.
The best part, though, is that all the lists are public. So instead of just listing the 100 best comedies of all time, we can also find out which ten comedies director Edgar Wright lists as his favorite of all time. Or Office co-creator Stephen Merchant. Or Ghostbusters 3 tease Dan Aykroyd. Or about 200 more people.
After the jump, we’ll highlight a few of the individual top tens and as well as reveal the full 100. Read More »
The Blues Brothers got their start on TV, made a big splash on the big screen and now might be dancing back to the boob tube. Variety reports a new take on the classic comedy duo is being shopping around to possibly become a new television series. The show would see Jake and Elwood, famously played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, just released from jail looking for Elwood’s real father. Both parts would obviously be recast and, if the show makes it to series, it would include a new musical number each week. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
Ghostbusters 3 is not a film I’m particularly keen to see made, but at this point I really want it to happen just so people can stop asking Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray about whether or not it is going to happen. No one likes to talk about the project like Aykroyd likes to talk about it, and when the big question was put to him this week — is it happening? — he says yes, and suggests that it’ll happen with or without Bill Murray. And he’d like to see one of the Criminal Minds cast members suit up to battle the supernatural. Read More »
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? Read More »
Dan Aykroyd seems to be massaging the truth when it comes to Ghostbusters 3. He has no problem talking about the long gestating and perma-rumored project, but even when the co-writer, co-star and co-producer offers up a supposed confirmation, it has to be taken with a grain of salt. Last month, for example, he “confirmed” some casting rumors that actors like Bill Hader and Anna Faris were being considered for roles in the new film.
The Playlist went right to the source and asked Hader about these rumors. Guess what? He has no idea what Aykroyd is talking about. That doesn’t mean Aykroyd is lying, just that the process isn’t nearly as far along as he made it sound. Read Hader’s quote and more after the jump.
UPDATE: Anna Faris has commented too. Read about it below.
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“I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost,” but I am afraid when more Ghostbusters 3 information comes out. Much like a fourth Indiana Jones film, Ghostbusters 3 is one of those projects I dreamed about as a kid but never thought I’d see happen. Yet with every rumor about a script, Bill Murray appearance and production start date, the 10-year-old in me begins to smile…and then worry that it’s going to be screwed up.
Well, add another bit of info to the ever-growing pile as co-writer, producer and star of the franchise, Dan Aykroyd was recently on a Chicago radio station and confirmed that not only is Ghostbusters 3 currently casting, but that several names are already “strong possibilities.” Find out exactly who after the jump. Read More »