There’s been a tidal wave of speculation over the future of Ghostbusters 3 following the recent death of Harold Ramis, then the announcement from Ivan Reitman that he won’t be directing the movie and just when we thought the fat lady had cleared her throat now it seems a replacement director for the project has been found.
It’s at this point you have to ask yourself the question; Why? Ramis is no longer with us, Reitman wants no involvement and Bill Murray ruled himself out last year. Well Sony Pictures have always stated that Ghostbusters 3 would be a straight reboot of the franchise and not a direct sequel. So a fresh start all round seems like the obvious direction to take and now with reports that dynamic directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Lego Movie), are in talks to lead the project, things are beginning to look up.
Putting the incredible success of The Lego Movie to one side, a project which many believed was unfilmable let alone a possible blockbuster, Lord and Miller have had previous experience with rebooting movie properties with their outrageous triumph over 21 Jump Street in 2012. It’s understood that the pair will be free to start a new project almost right away as they’re currently finishing off 22 Jump Street, due for release in June. Couple their free schedule with the fact a script has already been written for the movie by Ethan Cohen, which Reitman described as ‘very good’, and production could neatly begin in 2015.
But who will play the new Ghostbusters? That’s the next big question.