The Kidd here...
It was just last week that Dan Aykoyd confirmed that the team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were out of trying to bring together GHOSTBUSTERS 3 in script form and that the potential sequel was regrouping with a new writing staff. That writing staff apparently consists solely of Etan Cohen.
Variety reports that Sony Pictures has hired Cohen to try to meet a certain expectation of excellence for GHOSTBUSTERS 3, a level that has yet to be reached and is preventing Bill Murray from giving the green light to make this picture happen.
Cohen has done some really good work before in the past, most notably co-writing TROPIC THUNDER with Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux and the underseen IDIOCRACY with Mike Judge, who he's also collaborated on BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD and KING OF THE HILL with. Cohen is also credited as the sole writer on MEN IN BLACK 3, which, for me, turned out to be the best in the series, and probably better than it had any business being. Therefore, there's a certain sense of optimism that comes with this announcement, as Cohen has shown a propensity for smart comedy, which is really what the first GHOSTBUSTERS was all about. Maybe there is hope this may be done and done well yet. We'll know how good it is once Bill Murray gets his copy of Cohen's draft.
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