It’s been two decades, but GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is indeed happening, unfortunately without Bill Murray along for the ride. This most likely means that it’s time to hide from the vitriolic diatribes sure to come from avid fans of the franchise.
Ivan Reitman is returning as the director for the film, definitely a bit of good news, with production beginning in the summer of 2013, probably gunning for a 2014 release (30 years after the original hit theaters).
Dan Aykroyd has the low down on the plot: ”My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the cadillac…He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs… Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.” Aykroyd mentions that they need three guys and one young woman for said new generation, and mentions Matthew Gray Gubler of CRIMINAL MINDS by name, as a fan of the actor.
Aside from Aykroyd and Harold Ramis for sure on board, it’s anyone’s guess if Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, or Sigourney Weaver will be back for the film’s third installment, which is clearly setting itself for more sequels with a “plot” like that. The film’s script is being rewritten by Etan Cohen (TROPIC THUNDER, MIB 3) from an original draft by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.
Bill Murray’s probably a dick, but you gotta hand it to him for his principles. He doesn’t like the idea and he doesn’t sell out. I’m not sure what to expect from this film, but it’s going to be interesting to follow as it germinates to the big screen. For those that like the idea of a third film, with new blood, who would you like to see as the “new” Ghostbusters?