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Ghostbusters 3 is as close to filming as ever, but it just lost a very important piece of the puzzle. Speaking exclusively to Deadline, Ivan Reitman revealed he will no longer direct the project, instead stepping into a producer role. Reitman directed of the first two installments in the blockbuster franchise and revealed the tragic passing of star Harold Ramis cast the film in a new light for him. Now, despite his departure, filming will start by early 2015 at the latest.

He, along with Sony Pictures, will now begin the search for a new director based on a select list of candidates. Read some of Reitman’s quotes below. Read More »

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Briefly: The biggest small star of 2014 already has a big 2015 movie lined up. Kevin Hart, star of this year’s hits Ride Along and About Last Night, will star with Will Ferrell in Get Hard, a comedy directed by Etan Cohen. Ferrell plays a banker who is sentenced to jail and hires his car wash guy, played by Hart, to prepare him for prison. (Hence the title.)

The film has been in development since last year but Warner Bros. just gave it a release date: March 27, 2015. That places it against Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie and the animated The Penguins of Madagascar. [Box Office Mojo]

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Briefly: Will Ferrell is turning to Kevin Hart for help, and a Tropic Thunder writer is going to watch over it all. Etan Cohen, who co-wrote Tropic Thunder, will direct Get Hard, scripted by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel.

The film is about “a wealthy investment bank manager who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car.” A guess says that Ferrell plays the banker and Hart the car wash guy, though there’d probably be a lot more comedy if the casting was reversed. “Get hard,” in this instance, is obviously talking about the bank managers’ effort to toughen up before going to the pen, but this being a Ferrell project there’ll probably be a couple viagra and/or prison sex jokes in there, too.

 

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Dan Aykroyd is as sick and tired as you are when it comes to Ghostbusters 3. For years he’s been not only answering questions about the proposed film, but actually developing it for free in hopes one day it would get made. That’s all he wants, to get a movie made, and he’s had to constantly change his concept with new writers coming aboard and his co-star, Bill Murray, refusing to play ball.

Then, several months ago, it seemed like the film was ready to go. Things quickly cooled off and that seemed to be the final straw. Aykroyd has had it. He’s now publicly given Sony an ultimatum about making the film.

In an interview with Esquire, the co-creator, co-star and de-facto mouthpiece for the successful franchise not only calls for Sony to make the film now, or forever hold their peace, he talks about the scripts Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg did, the one by Etan Cohen, Bill Murray’s non-interest and potential ideas for sequels. Why would he talk about sequels to a movie that hasn’t been made yet? Because he all but guarantees a nine-figure hit if Sony makes the movie. The guy is on a marshmallow man fueled rampage and I love it. Read his quotes below.

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Ghostbusters 3‘s ability to roar back from all-but-certain death is getting to be downright supernatural. After years of on-again, off-again development, Dan Aykroyd finally acknowledged back in February that the film was in “suspended animation.” But Bill Murray (who, it should be noted, has previously been the holdout) set the rumor mill churning again by refusing to rule out the possibility and saying “we’ll try again” to bring the project to life. Indeed, just weeks after he made that comment, news broke that a new writing staff had been hired to try again with the script.

Today, we’ve learned that the scribe tapped to work on the screenplay is none other than Etan Cohen, who most recently worked on the late-arriving threequel for another Sony action-comedy franchise, Men in Black 3. Yes, that’s Etan Cohen, not Ethan Coen, if there was any confusion. Read more details after the jump.

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There was a time when you could always count on geeks to be the beleaguered underdogs of cinema and television. In recent years, however, nerds (or geeks, if you prefer) have enjoyed a surge in social status — comic book franchises are huge, Judd Apatow and his Freaks & Geeks gang are the kings of comedy, Jesse Eisenberg is a sex symbol (at least on Tumblr). And this might be the ultimate symbol of how far we’ve come: Warner Bros. is planning a film called Revenge of the Jocks, which will “update” the 1980s films Revenge of the Nerds. Jackass co-creator Jeff Tremaine is set to direct. Read more after the jump.

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The production schedule for Barry Sonenfeld‘s Men in Black III has been a strange one. After an initial delay, filming started last year. But a break was planned into the schedule — for reasons innocuous or not, depending upon whom you believe — with the first half of the shoot kicking off last November and running until Christmas. Then there was a planned break, with shooting meant to continue this month.

But now the film won’t have cameras rolling again until March 28, due reportedly to script issues. Read More »

Yeah, that’s right: Men in Black 3D. No, the film hasn’t started shooting yet, but Sony has already shot a teaser (of sorts) for the movie that will reunite director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with newcomers like Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Read More »

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