'Spectral' from Legendary Pictures Sounds Like a Gritty 'Ghostbusters'

November 4, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

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?

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I am very confident that they will make a third Ghostbusters movie. They have to !!!

Polly Jenkins on Nov 4, 2011


Bill Murray said he'd never do another one and without him on board they'd be really stupid to move forward with production.  It will flop without Murray attached in some capacity and I'm glad they realize that.

peloquin on Nov 4, 2011


Agreed, No Murray, no Go Go Ghostbusters. Besides that, take a lesson from the awful Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...sometimes are heroes are just past their prime and all the nostalgia and love in the world aside, it's just better we don't have another film. Don't ruin the legacy with a terrible film. *steps down from soap box*

Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011


interesting, but in no way will they be able to do manhattan without a suit on their hands.

rocKKicker on Nov 4, 2011


are Ghosts the new hot shit? this, r.i.p.d, ghostbusters 3 and Limbo in development. 

Rudetube on Nov 4, 2011


Let it begin!

Xerxexx on Nov 4, 2011


The only news I wanna hear from Legendary Pictures is news on Godzilla and Pacific Rim!

jah p on Nov 4, 2011



Jeffrey on Nov 4, 2011


If there's not gonna be a third Ghostbusters movie and Bill Murray doesn't want to be in it, Screw It! Let somebody else another movie but a darker and gritty version of ghostbusters. This should be cool!

Jedibilly on Nov 4, 2011


"Since there's a decent chance we fans may never see a third Ghostbusters get off the ground" you make that sound as if it's bad thing.

reeft on Nov 5, 2011

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