Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman Talk Ghostbusters 3 Again
Just about every day there's a new quote from someone about Ghostbusters 3 - usually from one of the original four - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson - or the director of those first two movies, Ivan Reitman. Most of these quotes don't bring anything new to the table. Especially since we already know about as much as we will know until Sony wants to officially announce a director or a cast. But as far as we can tell, the script isn't even finished (or ready) anyway. But there are two good updates, one from Harold Ramis at Movieline, the other from Ivan Reitman at MTV, that I thought I'd feature today.
First up is this great quote from Ramis about how hard it will be for them moving forward with this sequel. He references two great modern day sequels (or reboots, per se) and really puts all of this into perspective.
"The problem with any sequel is that you're using the original as a template, and no one would be doing a sequel if the audience didn't love the original. It's good news and bad news: It's good marketing news, and bad news for the creators. How can we capture what people loved about the first movie without being the first movie, or just being a rehash of it? The Star Trek reinvention worked great because they able to project back in time. We're not going to tell an origin story of who the Ghostbusters were before you met them in the first movie. But I would hate to do Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. It didn't seem like there was a lot new going on there — just more of the same and not as interesting."
Additionally, the only interesting things Reitman mentioned to MTV were about the writers of the new Ghostbusters 3 - Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. When asked if he was pitched, Reitman explains: "They had a pitch and Harold Ramis and I met with them. I kind of liked the idea and suggested some ways that it could improve further. My biggest problem is that it's taken them so long… We've frankly been delayed by almost a year from the moment that we met them until now." And as for the original pitch - it was about five new Ghobusters with a few women. "That was certainly in the outline they proposed. I don't know if that's the way the script will finally turn out. I would just take everything with a grain of salt."
So there you have it. That's the latest from the Ghostbusters 3 front and it's nothing really new. We're all waiting anxiously for Sony to announce a director or a cast or something else besides just rehashing quotes from Reitman and Ramis. Hopefully that wait isn't too much longer, because we're getting impatient!