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 »
If ever a movie was made with the sole purpose to be sold at the Super Bowl, it’s Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day. The film opens April 11 and stars Kevin Costner as the GM of the Cleveland Browns, a team in desperate need of a kick in the ass. And that’s exactly what they do at the 2014 NFL Draft, the event where the 32 NFL teams select the best college players in the world. The film has the full cooperation of the NFL, features cameos galore, and was actually filmed at last year’s draft, giving the whole thing an eerie sense of reality.
Written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, Draft Day was on the top of The Black List a few years back and for good reason. It blends the drama and intensity of NFL with a heartwarming story of a man facing impossible odds. The only other place NFL superfans and non-fans really crossover is during the Super Bowl, so check out the spot below.
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Unless you eat, sleep and breathe football, draft day is an afterthought (at best). Who cares what happens when 32 teams pick up some random players from college? Fans, however, know draft day is the point when franchises are made or broken. Hall of Fame players are selected for your roster, or passed up and taken by your rivals. Maybe your favorite team gets Peyton Manning, or maybe they get Ryan Leaf. Maybe Tom Brady is selected after 198 other players. The history and drama behind the NFL Draft is the stuff of legend, which is why Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman‘s script, Draft Day, was at the top of the Black List in 2012.
Now the film is almost here, with Ivan Reitman directing and Kevin Costner heading up an all-star cast including Frank Langella, Jennifer Garner and others. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been tough to surround hype and rumor with fact when it comes to Ghostbusters 3. Even the stuff straight out of the actors’ and producers’ mouths are suspect; if everything Dan Aykroyd said was true, we’d probably already be arguing about whether a Ghostbusters 4 could kick off a whole new trilogy.
At a TIFF Bell Lightbox screening of the original Ghostbusters last week, director Ivan Reitman addressed some of the rumors that have long plagued the project. Namely, the stuff about Bill Murray. And while, unlike Aykroyd, he doesn’t commit to any firm timeline on the movie, he does promise that “real progress is being made.” Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
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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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