'Spectral' from Legendary Pictures Sounds Like a Gritty 'Ghostbusters'
Since there's a decent chance we fans may never see a third Ghostbusters get off the ground, maybe it's time for a new team of paranormal professionals who are up to the task of capturing ghosts in New York City. Heat Vision has word on Spectral, an all-new project from Legendary Pictures and up and coming writer Ian Fried which is described as a darker, more dramatic and gritty version of Ghostbusters with a story that follows a special ops group whose sole purpose is to take down evil ghosts who have taken over Manhattan. However, that might hit too close to Columbia Pictures' property as location and details might change.
Apparently Legendary snagged the idea from Fried after he worked up a treatment and crafted a "rip reel" which mashed up a bunch of scenes from other films in order to present the tone, story beats and visual style (though we're not sure what films he used in the reel). Frankly this sounds like Battle Los Angeles meets Ghostbusters, which is an interesting idea in itself. As for Fried, his previous work, The Ever After Murders, ended up on the 2010 Black List, and another project called Gaslight, a Gothic serial killer story with Florence Nightengale and Jack the Ripper got Fried's name out there even more. This certainly sounds like a promising supernatural action project, but hopefully Legendary Pictures doesn't actually aim to fill the void left by the lack of a Ghostbusters III. Anyone interested?