Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks, Bridesmaids) is really making the new Ghostbusters film, and it won’t be a sequel featuring the classic cast. Instead, he’s got the idea to reboot the story entirely, focusing on a new and likely all-female team of Ghostbusters. The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold is co-writing, and they’re already at work putting together a script.
There are still many questions about this new Paul Feig Ghostbusters. (Not least is “what will it be called?” That isn’t answered, but given the reboot angle, Ghostbusters III doesn’t seem appropriate.) The director has given a big interview in which he at least addresses many of those questions, even when he can’t give outright answers. One thing that should be of interest is that Feig really emphasizes the idea of making something that is scary as much as it is funny. Read More »
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The path to the new Ghostbusters movie has been long and full of detours. Long planned as Ghostbusters 3, with the original team meant to return in some fashion, the sequel is now more like a reboot.
Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat among others, came on to direct earlier this year. Feig’s plan is to have a female team of Ghostbusters band together to, well, do the same thing that the previous team did. Now Feig has turned to someone he has successfully worked with in the past. The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold will write the new Ghostbusters movie with Feig.
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Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The idea of an all-female Ghostbusters 3 attracted both enthusiastic supporters and vehement detractors, but you can count Bill Murray in the former camp. “I would go to that movie,” the former Dr. Peter Venkman told press at TIFF this weekend.
In fact, not only is he into the idea, he also has some ideas about whom he’d like to cast. And yes, of course rumored director Paul Feig‘s favorite muse Melissa McCarthy is one of them. Hit the jump to find out who the others are — and why he digs the idea so much in the first place.
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There have been a lot of director rumors lately, mostly centering around Ant-Man. The biggest piece of Ant-Man talk was legit at first and then ended up being wrong when Adam McKay abruptly quit talks for the film. But there’s a related piece of info that will be of interest to many. Also on the shortlist of possible directors for Ant-Man was Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, and Gangster Squad.
A side note in that reporting is that Sony/Columbia, which distributed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, wants Fleischer for Ghostbusters 3. Read More »
The passing of Harold Ramis once again shined a well-deserved light on his absolutely remarkable career. Yet, despite the innumerable classics Ramis wrote and directed, he’s best known for playing Egon, one of the three Ghostbusters. (He also co-wrote those films.) His passing brought up questions about the long rumored Ghostbusters III, which Ramis had signed off on and was scheduled to appear in. Sources close to Sony Pictures, where the film is in development, report the film is still coming, and will only need minor script changes to account for Ramis’ passing. Read More »
Is it just me or has Dan Aykroyd turned into the boy who cried Ghostbusters 3? The more he talks about it, the less likely we are to believe anything he says. The writer and actor, who recently called out Sony for their lack of ectoplasmic enthusiasm, is one again doing the press rounds. Once again, he told an outlet he expects the film to go into pre-production in the fall, and that filming should start in 2014. Read his quotes below. Read More »
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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Let’s say you’re a Sony film exec. You’ve had a long partnership with Adam Sandler, who makes movies that critics hate, but audiences continue to see. Everyone hated Jack and Jill, right? But at just about $150m worldwide gross against a $79m production budget, it could be doing a lot worse, especially for something labeled a domestic flop. The guy doesn’t make a mint, but his movies are profitable — Jack and Jill will likely make money thanks to DVD and other rights sales — and they’re reliable.
So why did Sony let Sandler take his next film to Paramount? Why did it sell off half of George Clooney‘s Monuments Men — not a likely financial hit, but a probable prestige pic with a killer cast — to Fox? Why hasn’t Sony pushed forward aggressively on a sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, after being so bullish on the trilogy when David Fincher was hired to direct?
Those actions, along with the not-so-solid financial status of Sony as a whole, are contributing to rumors that Sony Pictures Entertainment is in trouble, and that the big powers at Sony are considering selling off entertainment units such as the film division. Those rumors have been denied by Sony’s head honcho, and are likely untrue at this point, but there is some minor change going on at Sony, which is making a couple fewer movies per year, and is going to wait a bit longer to shoot films like Ghostbusters III. Read More »
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