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Paramount Pauses 'Draft Day' Because 'Ghostbusters 3' is on the Way

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October 18, 2012

Ghostbusters 3

Again, we're still vehemently opposed to all the non-substantial 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 some big news comes from Deadline in the form of some studio shuffling that has given the long-gestating sequel a potential production start. In a story about Paramount delaying Ivan Reitman's football comedy Draft Day, the reason given for the push is because Reitman "is expected to finally get the long-gestating Ghostbusters reboot in front of the cameras next summer." What?

This is one of those"we'll believe it when we see it" scenarios, but if Paramount is making production decisions on other films (Draft Day doesn't have enough time to finish production before Ghostbusters 3 would start shooting) so that the sequel can go in front of cameras for Sony, that seems to be a good guarantee that this film is finally happening. Plus, if the film starts shooting next summer, it would likely get a release in 2014, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the original film. Etan Coen (Men in Black III and Tropic Thunder) penned the most recent draft of the script that will see the original Ghostbusters (though Bill Murray isn't coming back) passing the torch to some new faces.

The question now is how soon might we get some new casting for the sequel? Dan Aykroyd said he likes Matthew Gray Gubler from (500) Days of Summer, but the studio is going to want some big names. Honestly, I think my picks for the new Ghostbusters would have to be Bill Hader and Seth Rogen (their cop characters in Superbad were hilarious) along with Donald Glover and Emma Stone as the first female Ghostbuster. And if Bill Murray isn't coming back, it'd be nice if Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson could coax Rick Moranis out of retirement for at least a cameo. What do you think?

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  • OfficialJab
    Keep the CG work to a minimum, and I'll probably love it no matter what.
    • castingcouch
      Keep dreaming.
      • OfficialJab
        Well it was just announced that the Evil Dead remake has no visual effects work, so I'm hoping it will become a trend.
        • castingcouch
          Well, there are some very good CG visual effects around, so it's not all bad. But, yeah, it'd be nice to see plenty of practical effects, miniatures, puppets, etc. in there too.
  • http://www.facebook.com/muttmayhem Matthew South
    I am sure if enough money was offered, Mr. Murray would return, that being said, if he isn't returning then I'm not watching.
    • Richie G
      Hopefully they persuade him with an amazing script and the chance to be involved in an unmissable project. I'm a dreamer
    • grimjob
      I don't think its the money. I bet they've thrown a shit ton at him. I think it would have to be an amazing script for him to be on board. He seems to be as uninterested in this as many of us are.
  • syntaxterror
    no it's not.. stop lying to us, Hollywood. In other words, I believe it when I see it. Also, no Bill Murray? Why even bother?
  • Jericho
    so i saw Reboot and 3 in the same article....
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      It can be both. Because it'll pass the torch to new characters, but bring back the original team as well.
  • Manuel
    NO.
  • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim
    I'm game, but not with the cast Ethan suggested. With the exception of Bill Hader, that is the most uninteresting group of Nickelodeon rejects of this generation.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Nickelodeon rejects? Have you seen any of Donald Glover's stand-up? And Emma Stone is a great dramatic and comedic actress. Seth Rogen has also proven his worth as a writer and comedic actor. Up until Ghostbusters, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Akyroyd were best known for Saturday Night Live or SCTV and a few supporting film roles (Murray being the most prominent, but still not a big star). The names I have mentioned have been nominated for awards for writing and/or acting and have had careers that prove they are much more than Nickelodeon rejects. Who are your choices? I'm interested in hearing you would cast that would provide a nice mix of age, comedic value and also hit with audiences.
      • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim
        They're bad choices because they are cliche go-to people for juvenile comedy. Ghostbusters is much too deadpan and sarcastic for Seth Rogen's "ah-henh-henh-henh-henh". The only way that Donald Glover and Emma Stone would work is if Bill Murray joined the cast and was allowed to hurl some ad lib insults against hipsters and nerds. It just seems to me like you wrote this post right after watching a couple of Judd Apatow movies. Here are my suggestions, in no particular context: Gregory Smith, Adam Brody, Shawn Ashmore, Matthew Marsden, Clifton Collins, Jenna Elfman, Anthony Mackie. Since you asked.
  • cantstandjello
    D.O.A
    • cantstandjello
      sorry for being a debbie downer but i agree " too much hype and eventual disappointment". but hey lets hear it for the EVIL DEAD reboot....which looks amazing.
  • crystaltowers
    Why does everything always have to be a bunch of dudes + a token female? The Smurfette Principle is alive and well in Hollywood. Why not make it 3 women + 1 guy? And what's more, continue with the SNL/stand-up comedy type alumni - imagine say, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig as the Ghostbusters? That would be amazing! (And don't say they're not "young" enough - Ramis was 40 in the original. Fey is 42, Wiig is 39, Poehler is 41)
    • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim
      I don't know...why don't more women sign up for the military? Why don't more women fix cars at Pep Boys? I don't see the value in portraying women handling portable particle accelerators when so many of them can barely drive a car through a parking lot.
      • crystaltowers
        So because *some* women can't drive, women, universally, shouldn't handle complex technology in movies? Tell me Jim, can all men in the world, drive? Oh and thanks for the downvotes. Apparently my suggestion had zero merit whatsoever :(
        • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim
          I was being facetious. But my point is still poignant - I don't find any plausibility in your concept.
  • castingcouch
    They certainly select some of the WORST script writers to work on these high profile projects.
  • Jimmy Love
    Well I actually like the ghostbusters films (Yes Both!) so I hope this happens! but no Rogen he's a one trick pony and his particular brand of schtick wont work for ghostbusters.
  • stevenfreestyler
    Ahh come on!.. Reboot??!! No to reboot and definitely NO to Seth rogen!! Seriously?...Seth Rogen. I mean look at his face. You wanna suggest the whatever he is who did Zack and Miri make a porno movie to be part of the legendary Ghost busters unit? To take and fill the shoes of those awesome casts of Ghost busters. What qualification does he has?...Where's your head at? One of the major reasons why people love Ghost busters were because of the cast. Just bring the original cast back for the third installment or just forget about doing Ghost busters at all.. I don't mind watching the old cast even though they're gonna retired or bed ridden or on wheelchairs now. Even in wheelchairs they can really perform flawlessly.
  • J
    I would love to see Matthew Gray Gubler in Ghostbusters.. he is so funny!

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