It's Official - Ivan Reitman Will Be Directing Ghostbusters 3!

January 13, 2010
Source: MTV

Ivan Reitman

It's now confirmed. Ivan Reitman, father of Jason Reitman who directed the two original Ghostbusters movies as well as Kindergarten Cop and My Super Ex-Girlfriend most recently, will direct Ghostbusters 3 sometime this year. MTV caught up with Reitman on the National Board of Review red carpet last night and got word straight from him that he will indeed direct the sequel. The script from writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky is in and a second draft is in the works. "They have delivered a draft," Reitman said. "We are working our way through another draft… good work is being done and all of us have our fingers crossed."

Reitman doesn't reveal much else. "I'm not going to comment on what's in the script and on what Sigourney may or may not have said," he told them. "There's some very cool things in the new draft, let's just put it that way." He also said he "hope[s] to start shooting in this next year" and that they're still aiming for a 2011 release. Give or take the new screenwriters, it looks like the whole family is back again for Ghostbusters 3. We've known for a while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and even Rick Moranis, would be back, but now I think it's time to cast the newcomers. At least we know this will be in good hands!

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I remember going to see the first Ghostbusters movie when it came out and thought it was over rated then and I still think they are. I don't know, but I guess after Stripes it seemed that Bill Murray acted the same way in all his movies; even Lost in Translation to a degree. Will Ferrell is like that and is probably Bill Murray's illegitimate son. This is definitely one ghost that I am afraid of.

Hattori Hanzo on Jan 13, 2010


YES!! Harold Ramis is coming back twice!! 😉

sup191 on Jan 13, 2010


I couldn't have said it better myself Hattori, especially the Will Ferrell comment. It's best for Ivan Reitman to leave movie making to his son Jason. The days of Ghostbusters are long past, but as long as there are baby boomers looking to relive their glory days, there'll always be movies like Ghostbusters and geezers like The Rolling Stones LOL

Sam Shadey on Jan 13, 2010


should have been his son to direct.

Xerxex on Jan 13, 2010


1 & 3 - if you actually watch the two Ghostbusters movies a few more times, you may appreciate the subtle humor mixed in with the gags - along with very well-rounded characters and awesome special effects for the time. Better than all the "whose sleeping with whom" comedies they come out with nowadays. They are two of my favorites! Also, I heard that Rick Moranis wasn't coming back because he "didn't need the money"...he hasn't really acted since his wife died. I hope I heard wrong, though, and that you are right because he is an important addition to the cast. Really excited for this one!

Antioch on Jan 13, 2010


Good. Part 1 was a classic and 2 was memorable (in a good way). Can't wait to see what they have in store for three!

judasbarron on Jan 13, 2010


Am I mistaken or does the first sentence read correctly as Jason being the director of the Ghostbusters?

Bo on Jan 13, 2010


Who you gonna call!

gplongwood on Jan 13, 2010


do we really need another ghostbusters,now gremlins that's a different story.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 13, 2010


for those who are not bashing the thought of GB3 moving forward....speaking of the newcomers, the speculation that the original cast will in some way or the other have their kids yada yada take u think it's a far fetch idea......what do you guys think of these 5 playing roles, now some will say they're older looking but anyways Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade

blue & orange ny on Jan 13, 2010


This is good news. Then again, I'm one of the five people that actually enjoyed "Evolution."

CityTrader on Jan 13, 2010


11: Hay, I liked "Evolution" too, we should find the other three and have a reunion

Staatz on Jan 13, 2010


10. The cast you spoke of at the bottom of your post is FUCKING HORRIBLE. That is all.

name on Jan 13, 2010


I agree with 13. #10 should never be allowed to watch a movie ever again.

stew on Jan 13, 2010


I agree with #14 & #13 My casting thoughts... Maybe a few of these actors; Ryan Reynolds, Sean William Scott, Joel McHale, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Mos Def or Dave Chappelle.

no to #10 on Jan 13, 2010


I'm with 13, 14, and partially 15. #10, your choices are nothing but awful. I would vomit if any of those names were attached to GB3. Now as far as 15 goes, I would agree with Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, and Dave Chappelle. The others not so much. Though realistically I could only really see Paul Rudd actually being in the movie.

Syphous on Jan 13, 2010


Zach Galifianakis seems like he'd have a real shot. Seth Rogen, too, seems to have the sort of comedy that would go with a GB movie. I could see Ryan Reynolds taking a Peter Venkman role. His work in the movie Waiting shows he's got the "gameshow host" quality that Venkman exhibits. Dave Chappelle would be awful, he would be like Orlando Jones in the movie Evolution... which was a very sad attempt by Ivan Reitman to recapture the magic of Ghostbusters. This movie stands as a terrific example that character chemistry and a strong plot is necessary for a good movie, both of which Evolution was void of. I hope Reitman makes a better attempt than Evolution.

Chris H. on Jan 13, 2010


Ghostbusters is a great comedy classic, one of the very best. It's going to be hard to try and capture the magic that the first one has, and they probably won't be able to make the new sequel nearly as good as the original but, regardless, I'm still definitely going go see it when it comes out. Man at Elevator: "What are you supposed to be, some kind of a Cosmonaut?" Dr. Peter Venkman: "No, we're exterminators. Someone saw a cockroach up on twelve." Man at Elevator: "That's gotta be some cockroach." Dr. Peter Venkman: "Bite your head off, man." Dr Ray Stantz: [Entering elevator] "Going up?" Man at Elevator: "I'll take the next one."

Mega Jet Jaguar on Jan 13, 2010


Oh for sure 18, they won't get that magic back. Hell, the first sequel already tried and failed (miserably in my opinion). This feels more like fan-service before the original cast/director dies off to me. Still, I want to see it. Because, as a fan, I require some service. The game didn't quite cut it.

Syphous on Jan 13, 2010


I'm glad it's Reitman Senior back behind the megaphone. He deserves another shot at a big movie and did sterling work producing his son's latest film. Maybe some of Jason's enthusiasm has rubbed off on him. We can but hope.

Mathieu on Jan 13, 2010


Everyone has suggested absolute shit house actors. Can't believe people are hoping for new Ghostbusters. No one can replace these guys.

Malaka on Jan 13, 2010


Ryan Reynolds..who the fuck thinks that will happen....just a moron statement if you ask me. Seriously with Reynolds getting ready to film Green Lantern and then Deadpool. Just when the hell do you think he will have time to do Ghostbusters 3. Anyway Zach Galifianakis is a great idea .....but no to Seth Rogan (played out) , no actors from Old School, Superbad, Sarah Marshall, or Couples Retreat....that shit is getting old quick I also say get a female Ghostbuster in the mix...INSERT HOTTIE OF CHOICE

ECHO 1 on Jan 14, 2010


In good hands? Are you on crack? Anyone who thinks that bringing in a bunch of new, hip Ghostbusters need to get a brain enema. The original films worked because of the CAST, so if this is a case of 'passing the torch' to a bunch of flavour of the month pricks, then I'm not interested. It isn't even being written by the original duo!!!! If you're pro-Ghostbusters 3, you aren't a Ghostbusters fan. Leave it the fuck alone. I hope this resides in development hell. On second thoughts, there is a Ghostbusters 3 - it's called Ghostbusters The Videogame, written by Ramis and Aykroyd.

ToastBuster on Jan 14, 2010


Dolph Lundgren, Dwayne Johnson, Lou Ferrigno, Fabio Lanzoni. and lets throw in Verne Troyer caus he's small. the bestest actors for the job.

JAYC on Jan 14, 2010


The original cast was great, but that was over 20 years ago. This movie will not be the same. But honestly, i'm not looking for a rehash of the same movie we've seen twice already. As long as the writing is good, i think adding some new faces will be interesting. Since they are adding new faces, they probably should just do a reboot to the series though. It worked with Batman and Star Trek, but i don't know if that's doable with Ghostbusters. Just a thought. Oh, and a few of the names mentioned above seem ok to me, but please (directed towards the folks making this movie) keep david spade, will ferrel and Adam sandler as far away from the franchise as possible.

gi_eddo on Jan 16, 2010


I was downtown on Monday Aug 16th and happened across the filming in front of an old firehouse. I knew it was Ghostbusters by the costume the person being filmed was wearing.

Critical Stocks on Aug 18, 2010


had to comment to say that #10 has the worst taste in actors ever, pleeease dont listen to him!! that would kill the movie. Galifianakis should be a ghostbuster though!!

cd on Oct 7, 2010

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