'The Office' Writers Confirmed for Ghostbusters Reboot
by Kevin Powers
September 5, 2008
It was just a few days ago that we brought you news about Dan Aykroyd's sly comments concerning "two sharp young writers" that are supposedly on tap to scribe another installment to Columbia Pictures' immensely successful Ghostbusters series. Well, Variety is telling us today that "The Office" co-executive producers and 2009-slated Year One screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (seen above) are said writers. The two are Emmy-nominated and graduated from college around 2000, so "sharp" and "young" certainly seem apt descriptors. So does this mean a forthcoming Ghostbusters film is a lock? It sounds like that's the case, so charge up your proton packs and get ready for one hell of a return.
Variety also states that the script aims to bring back the original cast of Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, which makes me even more skeptical. I of course love the guy, but I find it hard to imagine Bill Murray donning a proton pack at near 60 years old. Overall, I'm pretty ambivalent on the news and will wait to see what ectoplasm actually sticks to the wall in the future. On a six-degrees-of-separation note, Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler from the original Ghostbusters) is the director on Year One, which was scripted by Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. And as for those other rumors of the Apatow crew (e.g. Seth Rogen) possibly being involved in a new installment, Judd Apatow is actually a producer on Year One. Obviously, all of these guys are hanging out and chatting about the possibilities, just like we are.
So are you any more excited about a reboot to Ghostbusters with these two writers?