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Even before a third Ghostbusters film was officially announced, I heard rumors that Year One/The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were working on a script and that they were writing a role for Year One star Michael Cera. While the details of Eisenberg and Stupnitsky’s role in the project turned out to be true, and quickly spread around the world, nothing has ever been said about Cera’s possible involvement.

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Interest in Ghostbusting is at fever pitch, and the imminent launch of the original Ghostbusters film on Blu-Ray and the tie-in videogames must have something to do with it. All the same, genuine interest in the franchise is as high as any time in the last 20 years, at least, and stories revolving around the upcoming third installment are piling up thick and fast. After the break, a few bullet points that should bring you up to speed and, most excitingly, a look at what appears to be the first dialogue exchange from the next movie to become public knowledge. I’ll also toss in a fantastic rumour I’ve been hearing, but haven’t been able (yet) to substantiate. What fun would leaving it out be, though?

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Jake Kasdan to Direct Bad Teacher

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The Hollywood Reporter are reporting (from Hollywood, no less) that Jake Kasdan has signed on to direct Bad Teacher. The screenplay charted on the 2008 Blacklist and was penned by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who also wrote the imminent Year One and are at work on the pending draft of Ghostbusters 3.

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The Hero Complex caught up with Dan Aykroyd, who provided a couple updates on Ghostbusters 3.  Aykroyd says that Ivan Reitman is “too busy as a mega-producer” to helm the film, and that his second choice would be Ghostbusters co-star and Groundhog Day/Analyize This director Harold Ramis.

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Harold Ramis Talks Ghostbusters 3

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MTV was able to get Harold Ramis to talk about the next Ghostbusters movie, which is currently in the development/scripting stage with The Office/Year One scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky working on the script. Ramis has yet to receive a first draft in hand but claims that he has been consulting with the screenwriting duo, along with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman (who helmed the original film).

The biggest bit of news is that Ramis confirmed that all of the original Ghostbusters will return for the third film if it does happen, and that includes Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman).

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Year One Movie Trailer

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Columbia Pictures has released the full theatrical movie trailer for Year One.  The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, as a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. Directed by National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day helmer Harold Ramis, and written by Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (you know, the guys working on the new Ghostbusters script).

I feel like I should be into this a lot more than I am. The movie is being unofficially billed as “this generation’s Life of Brian”, but I’m not impressed with that I’ve seen thus far. I’m a fan of most of the comic cast, a big fan of the director’s earlier work, and the concept has a lot of potential, but I’m not finding many of the jokes particularly funny or clever. It seems like they chose to go for more of a traditional comedy than play with the abundance of possible biblical jokes. Watch the new trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Year One Super Bowl Ad

I really want the Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One to be this generation’s Life of Brian, but it seems to be too low brow to achieve any level of cleverness. Overall, I’m just very disappointed with that I’ve seen thus far. I just didn’t find it funny.

I haven’t started watching The Office, but I’ve always heard unbelievable praise from everyone I talk to. Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg penned this film, and are also working on the new Ghostbusters script. I’m usually an optimist when it comes to sequels, but after seeing this and the extended Year One clip, I must admit, I’m a little bit worried. Hopefully the movie is a lot better than the little footage we’ve seen thus far. ishzendejas on Twitter saw a preview screening of Year One, and says “it has potential but needs some serious editing tightening up.” Check out the Super Bowl television spot after the jump.
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Super Bowl Sneak Preview: Year One

Columbia Pictures has released a sneak preview of the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, as a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. Directed by National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day helmer Harold Ramis, and written by Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (you know, the guys working on the new Ghostbusters script).

The Super Bowl sneak preview clip shows Black and Cera’s characters trying to hunt for food, when they run into a bunch of farmers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Watch the clip after the jump.

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First Look: Harold Ramis’ The Year One

We’re still trying to catch up on some of the photos that were released in last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Above is your first look at the upcoming Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day) biblical comedy The Year One (I’ve heard it has in fact been retitled from Year One to The Year One). When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers named Zed and Oh (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

The film also features Paul Rudd and David Cross, who play Cain and Abel, Hank Azaria as Abraham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) as Isaac, and Oliver Platt as a High Priest. Based on an original idea by Ramis, and a screenplay by The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (yes, the guys who are writing the new Ghostbusters movie), The Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.

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Seth Rogen tells Collider that despite internet rumors, he has not yet been contacted about being part of Ghostbusters 3. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are currently working on the screenplay. The writing duo last worked on Year One, a film directed by Harold Ramis, an original Ghostbuster who also played Rogen’s father in Knocked Up. See the connection? Anyways, Rogen says he probably wouldn’t be part of a third Ghostbusters film, because, well, it sounds like the worst idea ever.

“It’s hard to imagine that would be good, isn’t it?” asks Rogen. “I mean just as a movie fan I am the first guy to be skeptical of that. It sounds like a terrible idea when you first hear it. At first hearing it sounds like the worst idea ever. I dunno. Maybe. I mean, that would have to be one mutherfucking good script.”

But what are the chances that it will be a good script?