'Zombieland' Director Ruben Fleischer Up for 'Ghostbusters 3' Also
Well, over the weekend it seemed like Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay turned out to be the director to take over for departed director Edgar Wright on Marvel's gestating adaptation of their comic book Ant-Man, but then he fell away just as quickly. The film is still slated for release on July 17th, 2015, and Marvel has every intention of sticking with it, so they're still trying to find a replacement quickly. When the shortlist for possible replacements was revealed, Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer was up for the job, but The Wrap reports he's also one of the possibilities to direct another developing blockbuster, the Sony sequel/reboot Ghostbusters 3 that's still in development. More below!
Fleischer is still figuring out his next project after the disappointing Gangster Squad. The director is a viable candidate despite not being able to duplicate his success directing Zombieland, but that's a Sony Pictures film (as was 30 Minutes or Less), so there's already a relationship there. However, Fleischer apparently just had a baby, so that might keep him front taking on either Ant-Man or Ghostbusters 3, because both are pretty big commitments.
Still let's not forget that Zombieland featured a memorable Bill Murray cameo, complete with Ghostbusters references, so maybe they're hoping his previous relationship with Fleischer will get the one actor who has consistently held out on the project off the ground. Frankly, if Phil Lord & Chris Miller aren't doing Ghostbusters 3, my interest is little to none, especially after the death of Harold Ramis. It's inevitable though, so we'll just have to wait and see how this pans out. Thoughts?