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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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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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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Michael Jackson Estate Begins to Shop Biopic

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.

VOTD: Uncut Ghostbusters Commercial

If you’ve seen Ghostbusters — and I’m betting it’s a safe assumption that just about all of you have — you’ll probably recall the scene where Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) first learns of the Ghostbusters. She’s in her apartment putting away her groceries when she notices a television commercial for the paranormal extermination service, founded by parapsychologists Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). Unfortunately, the scene cuts between Dana’s television and her reactions to the ad, so we don’t get to see exactly what she sees.

Happily, the Internet is here to help. After the jump, watch the uncut Ghostbusters commercial. It’s not a totally perfect match for the commercial playing in Dana’s apartment — there’s a second or two missing at the very start, and it doesn’t have the phone number splashed across the bottom — but it does have Egon acting delightfully extra-awkward right at the very end.

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A week ago, we told you that the original Ghostbusters would be back in theaters soon for a limited release. Now we’ve got the details: Sony will put the movie on screens through the month of October, but only on Thursdays, starting October 13. So you might get a chance to see Ivan Reitman‘s original and still truly entertaining film on October 13, October 20 and October 27. Read More »

‘Ghostbusters’ to Get Theatrical Rerelease

As we look forward to the most anticipated movies of the fall season, one very exciting release has unexpectedly popped up. The official Ghostbusters Facebook page has just announced that the sci-fi comedy classic is set to return to theaters this October for a rerelease. Read on after the jump.

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Ghostbusters 3 is not a film I’m particularly keen to see made, but at this point I really want it to happen just so people can stop asking Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray about whether or not it is going to happen. No one likes to talk about the project like Aykroyd likes to talk about it, and when the big question was put to him this week — is it happening? — he says yes, and suggests that it’ll happen with or without Bill Murray. And he’d like to see one of the Criminal Minds cast members suit up to battle the supernatural. Read More »

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