'Men in Black 3' & 'Tropic Thunder' Writer Tapped for 'Ghostbusters 3'

July 10, 2012
Source: Variety

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?

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This movie is never going to happen. Ramis, Murray, and Arkyrod all need to write it... together. Doesn't mean there has to be physical stuff for the guys to do. Just be honest with their age, physical ability, and make that a part of it all.

Brad Mamola on Jul 10, 2012


Wake me if they ever actually start shooting this thing.

DaveLister_JMC on Jul 10, 2012


I'm a die hard fan of Ghostbusters. I don't want to see how they ruin this. Please, never film GB III.

Manuel on Jul 10, 2012


Great assumptions!!! Let's see how they pan out ...

Zanpher on Jul 10, 2012


The "Ghostsbusters" will actually be ghosts.

happy camper on Jul 10, 2012



Cody W on Jul 10, 2012


*sprays Hollywood in the nose with spray bottle*

LosZombies on Jul 11, 2012


If Bill Murray doesnt wanna do it then for fuck's sake DONT! Its a freakin SIGN!

LosZombies on Jul 11, 2012


Just...stop it. Everyone. Just....make it stop. Please.

Voice of Reason on Jul 11, 2012


Why does Winston get overly ignored???

Aye-yo on Jul 11, 2012


He's seen shit that'll turn you white.

max on Jul 12, 2012


Harold Ramis looks like someone's bearded grandmother.

max on Jul 12, 2012


Same responses all the time, It makes me sick. GB III will be a success and now that Bill Murray has dropped out altogether it finally looks like it will see the light of day. DIe Hard fans that don't want this to happen aren't die hard fans. I am an absolute Ghostbusters zealot and I know the real talent is the IP's creator, Dan Aykroyd, Who last time I checked was still on board. If you have any doubts play the 2009 Ghostbusters Video Game. It was average as far as the gameplay goes but the story was amazing. Why? It was written by Dan Aykroyd. Essentially Dan Aykroyd is GhostBusters as long as he is in, I am in!

Jon Chamberlain on Aug 13, 2012

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