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'The Office' Writers Confirmed for Ghostbusters Reboot

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September 5, 2008

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky

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?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/AllmightyKeim AllmightyKeim
    Come on New movie. I have always wanted this. And I have always wanted the old crew training the new crew. I think you could cast a bunch of the SNL old and new people and it would rock. Hell they could even have tryouts to be a Ghostbuster. Whoo hoo. http://www.youtube.com/AllmightyKeim
  • chris H.
    Wow... I've waited for this since my childhood. Awesome.
  • REAL6
    FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK NO REBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!
  • http://www.theaterhopper.com Tom Brazelton
    I agree that I don't really see Murray participating in this. And even if they manage to rope him in, he won't be the star. Ghostbusters wouldn't be Ghostbusters withour Murray's sardonic wit.
  • quickie mart
    Yeah, as much as I love Aykroyd, he's kinda really fat these days. Frankly, so is Ramis. They seem to do most of their work these days as supporting characters, sitting behind a desk. I didn't even like Ghostbusters 2.
  • Jeff
    I'd love to see all the original cast come back, but they got to get into shape. Otherwise it will be a bunch of old, fat guys in jumpsuits...and that would be sad. Funny, maybe...but still sad.
  • werdnafaz
    Man reboot it! I love the original series but they won't capture that again it was the 80s man and things where different. Now all we can hope for is some really cool looking CG and a new Ghostbusters car i know we all love that thing but really it aint gonna cut it in 08 they need something that packs a punch and likely to be a product placement aswel maybe a Hummer or Chrysler 300c wagon lol. So really a reboot will be better and more exciting. Out with the old in with the new i say.
  • csullivan1980
    Like most people I too have been waiting for a third Ghostbusters hoping it would restore the series back to what it use to be after the mess Ghostbusters 2 left behind. I agree Ghostbusters 3 wouldn't be the same without all four guys and Bill Murray especially. I would have a hard time believing the original boys would be strapping on the proton packs and flinging traps all about this time around. Most likely they would be training a new batch of Ghostbusters and I wouldn't be surprised if they threw in a female into the team this time around just to shake things up. I couldn't really thinking of anyone who would be worthy or fitting to slap on a jumpsuit, dawn the proton pack and set a tone for a new era in Ghostbusting. If you've seen some of the fan films online, which are not that bad, and GB3 follows that creative wit it might have a change to pull it off. I was and still am a huge Ghostbusters and would hate to see one more New York Central Ghost Train wreck.
  • http://peevishinsomniac.blogspot.com Bart C3
    I have a question for fans of the the Office and of the Ghostbusters first movie, do you think the humor is similar or even could be. For my part the biggest draw was the way the group worked together as all but Hudson were friends previously and had worked together. Re-boot or no, we need to have a team that actually has chemistry. I don't even have a clue as to who I would pick for this, I do know that any current SNL cast should be right out of the running. These new guys are terrible.
  • beefcakepantyhose
    Nice. However, I don't want Apatow having anything to do with it and pray to God he won't. Ghostbusters turned into unwitty, raunchy comedy doesn't sit well with me.
  • D-9
    Seth Rogen- God please no....no....no!
  • breach
    Hopefully they take it the direction of Ghostbusters Extreme, where one of the remaining original Ghostbuster's brings in a new crew. As the original actors are unlikely to return this is the only way I can see it working, unless it is another "the before stuff never happened" reboot, which I hope not.
  • Sarah Reichow
    Are you kidding me! Another Ghostbusters without Akroyd and
  • bozoconnors
    This will be tough to make a good movie. Even the original cast (Ghostbusters 2), can't guarantee an awesome movie, even 20 years later. Will be interesting and exciting to see what comes of this. Good luck guys, and thanks for the memories!!!
  • Dustin
    I cant wait! I loved the first one... second one, not so much... I've been waiting a long time to hear this news!

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