'Men in Black 3' & 'Tropic Thunder' Writer Tapped for 'Ghostbusters 3'
Don't worry. We're still vehemently opposed to all the non-updates about the long gestating Ghostbusters 3, and my rant about the long road to the big screen creating too much hype and eventual disappointment still stands. But today marks the first real development on the sequel in a long time. This time it's not just Bill Murray saying he won't do the movie or Dan Aykroyd still saying they're trying to get the script perfect. Instead, Variety reports Columbia Pictures is hiring Etan Cohen, who just helped the studio snag a hit with Men in Black 3, has just been hired to write the new supernatural action comedy sequel now. More below!
This development comes after "The Office" writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg wrote a script back in 2008, but apparently that didn't push the right buttons to get off the ground. It's not clear if Cohen is doing an extensive rewrite or maybe starting from scratch, but it's hard to find a better tentpole action comedy writer today. Cohen previously wrote Tropic Thunder, which I consider to be one of the best comedies in the past ten years, and also Men in Black 3, a film that kept the heart of the franchise alive while still mixing things up a bit (despite some glaring plot holes, it really hit a sweet spot for me).
Now it's just a matter of whether or not Cohen can craft something that is respectful of the original film, keeps Bill Murray, Dan Ayrkroyd and Harold Ramis happy, and appeals to the next generation of Ghostbusters fans. Cohen also has his own directorial debut in the works in the form of Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, but that's likely slowly developing, giving him plenty of time to get Ghostbusters 3 written. Honestly, if there's a guy who can write a solid script for the sequel, I think Cohen is the man for the job. But only time will tell if Ghostbusters 3 will stay stuck in development hell. Thoughts?