When Ghostbusters was released, Jason Reitman was seven years old. Every kid in the neighborhood wanted to be a Ghostbuster for Halloween, but he was the only one with a real Proton Pack. This, of course, is because his father, Ivan Reitman, directed the legendary 1984 film. That kinship made Thursday’s Live Read, presented by Film Independent at LACMA, that much more special.
Both Reitmans were in attendance as a cast including Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson read through Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd’s shooting draft, dated October 7, 1983. The script is the movie we all know and love…with some pretty interesting changes. Unfortunately, Reitman and Film Independent don’t allow photos or recording inside these live events so we can’t present you with the entire thing. What we can present you with are five things we learned about the original script from Ghostbusters. Check them out below.
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In a piece of fan casting worthy of years and years of Ghostbusters 3 speculation, director Jason Reitman has revealed that for his next live reading, Ghostbusters, he’s cast Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson as Venkman, Stanz and Spengler respectively. The event, part of an ongoing series presented by Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, takes places Thursday December 12. It’s sold out.
Of course, Jason Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, directed the hit 1984 film and revealed to his son that much of the famous dialogue was improvised by Bill Murray. So this isn’t just a script reading, it’s a combination of the original shooting script with Murray’s iconic one-liners. Read the rest of the cast, and how you can possibly see this once-in-a-lifetime event, after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito have made it pretty clear over the past couple of years that they’d be up for a sequel to Ivan Reitman‘s 1988 comedy Twins. Now that dream is inching closer to reality.
Back in March, we learned that the film was being developed as Triplets, with Eddie Murphy as a potential third member of the mis-matched set. At the time, it was just an idea floating around, but now Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are taking a step forward with the hiring of writers Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and Ryan Dixon for the movie. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Could Ghostbusters 3 really, finally, at long last, be getting into gear? The long-awaited horror prequel was put in “suspended animation” earlier this year, but since this project never stays dead for long, it soon picked up a new writer to pen a fresh script. Now it looks like director Ivan Reitman, star Dan Aykroyd, and the studio are preparing to shoot next summer. More after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
The long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 got yet another new lease on life over this summer, when Sony hired Etan Cohen to give the script another rewrite. As of July, it looked like Cohen would be sticking with the same premise we’ve been hearing about for years now: “original castmembers Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson
and Bill Murray passing the torch to a new generation of ghostbusters.” We assumed that’d mean the old Ghostbusters would be on hand to teach the tricks of the trade to a new group of colleagues. But could the torch-passing be a reference to a remake instead?
In a recent interview, original director Ivan Reitman talked about getting Ghostbusters “remade.” In addition, the director expressed his worries about Triplets, the impending Twins sequel. Read his comments after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Two comic book movies and two long-in-the-making comedy sequels make their appearance in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Ivan Reitman will return for Twins 2, says Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Dumb and Dumber 2 could get rolling by fall, says Bobby Farrelly
- Check out pics and video of stunt performers on the Iron Man 3 set
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse will probably murder a dog in Kick-Ass 2
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Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:
- We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
- Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
- Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
- Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
- Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
- MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained
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Briefly: The Michael Jackson estate is finally starting to test the waters for a biopic about the King of Pop. Estate executor John Branca has approached Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock of the Montecito Picture Company about financing and producing a Jackson film. It’s way to early to say what the film might look like — the deal to develop the thing isn’t even finished, so there is certainly no writer or director on board. It is possible that Reitman could direct if the deal goes through, but that’s too early to call now, too.
Variety says the film “would only cover certain periods of the late singer’s life,” and your guess is as good as mine as to which periods will be included. Presumably any biopic licensed by the estate would have full access to Jackson’s music. Would this be a true musical, or the sort of music-infused biography that has been more familiar in recent years? (Think Ray and Walk the Line.) I’d expect the latter.
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