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GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Sets The Trap For Etan Cohen To Take A Crack At The Sequel's Script!!

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.


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • July 10, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Leave it the fuck alone!

    by JP

    We love Ghostbusters, but fuck, it's over!

  • July 10, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    "Etan" or "Ethan," sir?

    by Buddapest

    I'm pretty sure it should be ETHAN, but I may be mistaken...

  • July 10, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Chaz

  • July 10, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    It's Etan Cohen you slags!

    by Michael Thompson

    We need more Bort license plates...

  • July 10, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Does anyone........

    by archer1949

    other than Dan Aykroyd care about this anymore? Let it lie. Noone wants to see a group of tired, bored old guys running around in jumpsuits going through the mowhile they try to shoehorn in some "hip, young" replacement characters.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Will Bill Murray drop it in the shredder again?

    by Chris

  • Because he thought it was the Ethan Coen of the Coen bros?

  • July 10, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Best they can do is a CGI film set in the 90's...

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    Old fat guys should be afraid of ghosts :-) But I kind of dug what little I saw of that Video Game a few years back. They should go in that direction.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    @buddapest, 2 diferent guys: Etan and Ethan.

    by hank henshaw

    The one you are thinking about is Ethan Coen, from the Coen Bros (Fargo, Big Lebowski, True Grit, long etc.). Etan Cohen is a younge guy who write comedies. Tropic Thunder was nowhere near as funny as Ghostbusters. Slightly funnier that GBII. I don't know, to me, GBIII is a bad idea that can only end in tears.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Oh shit...

    by Goochbag

    Is this another example of Murray confusing his Cohens again?

  • July 10, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I would rather see the guys together one last time.....

    by lowpassat

    This is going to be rebooted sooner or later. I for one would rather see Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston in it in some small way rather than not be involved at all. Even if they are in it for only a small part, which I think would be the bast way to go.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by SlyWalker

    yea we needed this about 15 years ago guys

  • July 10, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by WillBell

    You're thinking of Joel Cohen. He wrote 'Garfield' and Murray mistook him for Joel Coen. Cohen also wrote 'Evan Almighty' and 'Cheaper by the Dozen'.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Men in Black III was good, but so many fucking plotholes.

    by Dharma4

    Let's just hope time-traveling isn't part of Ghostbusters, either. -Namaste-

  • This guy writes good shit.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    So Etan Cohen and Joel Cohen aren't brothers?!

    by D.Vader

    Jeebus that's an act right there that I can't believe those two have capitalized on yet.

  • July 10, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    *HAVEN'T capitalized on yet

    by D.Vader

  • That's just, y'know, wrong. But, hey, that's the Kidd for ya! Dah-dum-dah!

  • July 10, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    IT'S A TRAP!

    by _Venkman

    i hope they make the film primarily about the original cast. Not too many young comedic actor out there I'd want to see in this film

  • July 10, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    If Murray agrees to do a new Ghostbusters... then....

    by ronniepooch

    Dan Aykroyd MUST hit the gym and lose 60 pounds.

  • Murray. Sorted. Meet you are the 19th in Carnoustie tartan troos man.

  • July 10, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    MIB III was not a good movie

    by BackwardGalaxy

    Sorry. Carry on.

  • July 10, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    They should do it like a comedy Unforgiven.

    by Kubla_Khan

    Old, grouchy dudes reluctantly pulled back for one last caper after Oscar gets killed and comes back as a ghost to tell Venkman who killed him. Turns out it's an ancient man-demon with a ghostly army ready to rip open the dimensional fabric and literally unleash hell. Just make it funny...

  • July 10, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    How inept are the studio and producers involved???

    by SmokieGeezer

    This would clean up at the box office regardless of the quality...

  • People in Hollywood have way more money than sense.

  • Ghostbusters III: Beating a Dead Horse. You read it here first.

  • July 10, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Could you IMAGINE a Ghostbusters 3 written by Ethan Coen?

    by Royston Lodge

    That would be proof that we live in The Matrix.

  • July 10, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Plus, I say the movie should be based on Ghostbusters International.

    by Royston Lodge

    It opens with Peter Venkman, CEO of Ghostbusters Inc., at a Franchise Expo at some midwestern airport convention center, trying to sell Ghostbusters franchises to unsuspecting suckers.

  • July 10, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The problem is that Murray should be in charge of the franchise

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Considering his and Moranis' improvs are the best moments in both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. I trust him a hell of a lot more than Ackryod, and I'm glad he has enough pull to make sure that they at least try to do something good.

  • July 10, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Im Surprised They Havent Vetoed Part 3 In Lieu of a Reboot

    by ass clown

    This reminds me of the studio with Spiderman 4 right before they scrapped it for the reboot and threw it in the hands of a romantic comedy specialist. I expect more of the same, but with a lesser quality result. We all know that the ultimate result of this whole ordeal will be atrocious whether the sequel gets made or someone reboots the original with the Neighborhood Watch cast. Perhaps a shot fir shot Total Recall remake instead with a shittier cast and director. This movie cannot possibly be even remotely good so lets all agree that the franchise needs to be shoveled underground. Put a fork in it

  • July 10, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Okay - get to work - this could be awesome!

    by Mennen

  • July 10, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Just reboot the franchise with a younger cast

    by SlyWalker

    Have the original guys show up as roaming vapors

  • July 10, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Would you people just relax??

    by Xian042

    All of you that say you don't want a G3, yes you do, you just don't want a G3 that SUCKS. If you really didn't care if they made a G3, you would just look the other way and not see it. But you know you will HAVE to see it, because you WANT it to be good. Round and round it goes.. So that being said, be thankful that Murray is taking a close look at the scripts and turning them down, he cares about the character and doesn't want to give him more injustice than G2. Murray has our back, trust his judgment and when a script is approved have some faith that one more trip around the block in the Ecto just might be fun.

  • July 10, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by HairyKnowles

    I think it would be better if they saved his soul instead of his sole. Just saying.

  • July 10, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Wait, Murray was serious about getting his Coen's mixed up?

    by YourMomsBox3D

    I thought he was being his smarmy, sarcastic self when he said that. Just making a dry joke in light of the drubbing he was getting for making Garfield. If he was seriously claiming to have thought Garfield was penned by one of the Coen Brothers, and that was the reason he signed on, I gotta call bullshit on the man, beings that he did Garfield 2 as well. But I think he was just kidding.

  • a couple of years ago. THAT'S the reason he won't do this movie. Everyone took it as a sign a new Ghostbusters was en route, but I think Murray was attempting to show Hollywood and the public how ridiculous he looks as an old man with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back. It was cute and funny sure, but also a brilliant maneuver by a guy that wants to be left the fuck alone about GB3.

  • July 10, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    yourmomsbox3d: He didn't look ridiculous

    by _Venkman

    In fact I looked just fine.

  • July 10, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Just get Wes Anderson to direct it and Murry will do it

    by skycrapper

    He'll be in any crappy movie directed by him.

  • July 10, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Bring back Viggo!!!!

    by darthpigman

  • Spoiler Alert: it wasn't good.

  • July 10, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    ALIENS takes place 57 years after the events depicted in ALIEN...

    by Chris Moody

    Why would we assume that the creature in ALIEN is the same creature in ALIENS?

  • July 10, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Chris Moody

    Wrong TB. :-)

  • July 10, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Make this movie soon!

    by Loosejerk

    My 4 year old is running around singing the theme song, but calling it "Ghosthunters". Wants a t-shirt and "gun like in Ghosthunters". I ain't buying that cruddy toy gun from the 90's....need new merch!

  • July 10, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    What about Rick Moranis? He hasn't acted in a movie since 1997.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • July 10, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    loosejerk - you mean this?

    by Elgyn6655321 Because that was the coolest thing in the world when I was a kid.

  • July 10, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Thank God

    by gaygoonie

    I was beginning to worry no would would hire another Jewish male to write a script! Way to diversify, Hollywood!

  • July 10, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    Yeah, that's it. "80s", my bad. No, I'd probably agree with you back then. I just know my kids have a bit fancier toys now. Heck, he's got the Buzz Lightyear backpack that almost sounds like the proton pack firing up. Plus, I had the electronic Han Solo pistol back in the day that was sweet as shit. That "popper" wouldn't last in my house.

  • July 10, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Any script will have to acknowledge that...

    by v3d

    in 2012 we've had almost a decade of Ghost Hunters, Ghost Lab, Ghost Hunters International- type shows. The Ghostbusters would no longer be the only game in town.

  • July 10, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Wait ... Kidd thinks MIB 3 > MIB 1? *FAIL*

    by veteran_of_mu

    Amazing. Lost all credibility forever in a single throw-away comment on a movie that will never be made anyway. Nuts.

  • July 10, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Two Words: Joss Whedon

    by WriteFromLeft

    If Etan's script tanks, Whedon is a natural successor.

  • July 10, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Evolution is better than it should've been

    by Chris

  • July 10, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    It will so epic that it'll be split into two parts.

    by jellypop

    Let's give Mr Cohen some room and space to work people-he has bigwigs to impress.

  • July 10, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    MIB3 was some lazy, uninspired shite.

    by blackmantis

  • July 10, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    It's definitely ETAN (AY-TON) Cohen

    by mukhtabi

    I know he was a few years ahead of me at Harvard, and his younger brother Rami was a friend of mine.

  • July 10, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Speaking of which

    by mukhtabi

    I should really figure out if I can make that connection work for me...

  • July 10, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    MIB 3 the best in the series?

    by Yelsaeb

    You need to calm down a bit.

  • They would've nailed this.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    @yelsaeb It is...just ;)

    by marineboy

  • July 10, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    thinking about this earlier

    by jesus 2099

    i think itll be harder to make a good gb movie because nyc is not the same gritty nyc of the 80s. not sure gb can work in todays ny, but i guess a good writer can make it work. where's grant morrison for some high concept?

  • July 10, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    MIB 1> MBI 3 > MIB 2

    by _Venkman


  • July 10, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    The movie should be like the video game

    by FeralAngel

    Which kicked ass, BTW. Animate GB3. Get some great character designer to translate the busters' younger selves into CGI, and let the original gang do the voices. Face it, the original gang seriously let themselves go physically. CGI would solve all that. End of story.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    a few things as i read this talkback

    by DarthBlart

    murry did garfield because the original voice of the garfield cartoon character was done by the same guy who did peter venkmans voice on the ghostbuster cartoon (both sounding exactly alike). this guy died before they got a chance to use him in the jennifer love hewitt movies so bill murry agreed to do it instead this guy etan cohen wrote idiocracy joel cohen wrote garfield it might work if ethan and joel coen wrote a ghostbusters and dan aykroyd didn't make or write or produce evolution, he had a bit part in it at the end. ivan reitman is the man you seek. but forgive him for he produced heavy metal and spacehunter and directed twins and kindergarten cop. justin theroux was awesome and gets a life pass for his role in Your Highness

  • Whatever. Fucking hell. Get it done. This has been the most drawn out motherfucking swan song in Film History.

  • July 10, 2012, 9 p.m. CST


    by Dr_PepperSpray

    They are never going to get this off the ground, and a total reboot would be absolute sacrilege. However, if they want to hire a new cast as a second generation tv-show with occasional appearances by the original cast, more buffy the vampire slayer then anything terrible you might be thinking, then that could be really great. <P> *sigh* but you bitches don't like anything you haven't already seen before.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters captured lightning in a bottle

    by bohdi71

    It was a freak, superb casting, brilliant writing and direction, design and altho the special effects don't travel well they are charming... The chemistry between the leads was also some of the best seen in cinema. Any desire to try and recreate this is doomed to failure...

  • July 10, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    For the love of Christ...

    by SebastianHaff

    Please don't be a 'passing the torch' picture! <br><p> It's thirty fucking years later, the torch has already been passed. Let's keep this realistic. Odds are there's a pretty big roster of Ghostbusters these days. <br><p> I imagine Egon has gone solely into the research department, occasionally publishing Carl Sagan-ish popular science books. Ray runs the company and with his enthusiasm is the face of all that is Ghostbusters. Venkman cashed out and retired but helps with the science despite himself. He can't fully quit the adrenaline that comes with science and discovery and... fame. The only one who's actually still busting is Winston, and I guess he could be finally thinking about retiring, but any torches that needed to be passed were handed over long ago. In fact, there are already old timers on the crew who aren't even original members. Employees have come and gone, numerous times. THAT makes sense. <br><p> A movie about the original gang and their "we're getting too old for this shit"antics, only to have them hand over their proton packs to Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, and Zach Galifianakis, is fucking boring, stale, predictable, and shitty. <br><p> Just make a movie about a bizarre company, and pick up where they would be and what they'd be doing thirty years down the road. The transition to new members doesn't need to be the focus of the whole fucking movie. It can and should be an organic part of the plot. <br><p> I'm of the opinion that films should start after their plot has, and be over before it ends. It makes the world feel much more lived in and real. Doing this in a comedy would add weight to otherwise kooky characters and situations.

  • July 10, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I like that Bill Murray has such a high bar raised...

    by bubcus

    ... I mean look at how much we whine and complain about movies. We're a selfish and savage and unforgiving lot. Keep the bar raised. Get Murray's approval and make it worth watching.

  • July 10, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The problem is that the original Ghostbusters was a novel idea

    by lv_426

    that back in the mid 80's played off that notion of ghostly horror by using the comedy and unique angle of blue collar type guys who are like plumbers or exterminators coming to take care of your paranormal problems. That is no longer as novel of an idea because we've lived with the great original film for so long now. Then we have had so many more ghost and paranormal themed movies over the recent years (Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, The Ring) that the whole idea of ghosts and hauntings has been re-conceptualized and done to death. We even have paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters on TV that follow real life paranormal investigators. It has become a more mundane subject honestly. No, ghosts haven't been proven to be real, but in terms of the media and entertainment, they might as well be considered a real phenomena. It would be the same with aliens or vampires in movies and fiction. If humanity found out that some hostile aliens had been hiding on Earth, or vampires really did exist, it would all seem less interesting and awesome seeing films about it. The reason is we know that soon after the discovery, special military task forces would be formed to hunt them down and capture or exterminate them. We'd see reports about it on the news and it would become just another part of the everyday reality of the world. Seeing movies about it would then only be interesting to most of the audience if the films were based on some real life events involving the aliens or vampires. Speaking of aliens, go ahead and try and make a sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which is about your typical grey aliens that abduct people. After living with iconic alien abduction related media like Close Encounters or The X-Files for so many years, it would just seem like old hat. I think the same type of thing might apply to another Ghostbusters film.

  • July 10, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    darthblart - Voice acting

    by Mace13

    You are technically correct about the voice acting but there was more to it than that. Lorenzo Music was the voice of Garfield and also did Peter Venkman on Real Ghostbusters. After voicing Venkman for two seasons on Ghostbusters Billl Murray complained to the studio that his character sounded too much like Garfield so they fired Lorenzo Music and replaced him with Dave Coulier who later went on to costar in Full house. <br> I honestly always thought that was pretty crappy thing for Murray to do. And then somewhat ironic that Murray voiced Garfield himself in the two live action movies after Lorenzo passed away. Apparently if Murray was getting a paycheck it was okay for him to sound like Garfield then huh?

  • July 10, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Somebody slagging Evvvolution?

    by DougMcKenzie

    David Duchovny and Orlando Jones actually had decent chemistry, and you had Ted Levine playing an asshole? Come on!

  • July 10, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I should stress, that in my comparing Ghostbusters to plumbers

    by lv_426

    how it has the added irony of the Ghost Hunters on TV being plumbers by day and paranormal investigators by night. Face it, we already have a gritty, shakycam rebooted Ghostbusters in the real world on the SyFy Channel.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    So if Bill Murray won't appear in hastily-written shit...

    by BiggusDickus does he explain Ghostbusters 2?

  • He did a lot of great work from the late 70's to mid 90's, which is better than a lot of actors can say. He just needs to accept that another Ghostbusters is 20 years too late. The second one was nothing more than a cash grab and highly forgettable. Fact of the matter is Ghostbusters belongs in the eighties and that's where it should stay. All of the original cast are too old to come back and play these characters. It would look ridiculous seeing men in their 60's trying to be Ghostbusters. And the story angle of them passing the torch to younger guys is just lame. I mean who really wants to see a fat 68 year old Harold Ramis reprising the Dr Egon Spengler character.

  • That's the only way I could see another Ghostbusters working, because Hudson is still in good physical shape and doesn't look as old as Murray, Akroyd, or Ramis. Just have Hudson's character be back in whatever ghetto part he grew up in NYC, and have a ghost out break in the ghetto and Hudson's character assemble a team of ghostbusters to save the hood. By the way Ernie Hudson should have gotten more lines and face time in the original Ghostbusters.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    @ronniepooch, Ramis and Akroyd need to lose 100 pounds each

    by maxcherry

  • July 10, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    totalreality -- Unless you Snyder/Nolan/Bay it

    by lv_426

    So that would mean a totally rebooted Ghostbusters, co-produced by Bay and Nolan, directed by Snyder... Starring Christian Bale (Venkman), Gerard Butler (Ray), Cillian Murphy (Egon), and Nic Cage in blackface (Winston) as the Ghostbusters. Megan Fox as the secretary , and Shia as the Rick Moranis character. Maybe Marion Cottilard for the Sigourney Weaver love interest role. Then of course excessive Matrix style slo-mo speed ramping during the ghostbusting scenes. Gozer the Gozerian will now be a giant transforming hyperdimensional robot. The Stay Puft Marshmellow Man will be replaced by a giant city-destroying Grimace from McDonald's (gotta have some produce placement in there to help offset the massive budget).

  • if there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.

  • July 11, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    totalreality -- Nic Cage in blackface

    by lv_426

  • July 11, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Whoever suggested Joss Whedon above, good call!

    by brokentusk

    His dialogue and humour would be PERFECT for Ghostbusters. Let's hope Etan Cohen steps up to the plate.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    No matter which writer they get, I'm still terrified that...

    by theyreflockingthisway

    they'll go the training new recruits route and give Bill Murray a stupid ghost cameo. I just don't want to see that and I'd rather see a reboot AFTER a full original cast GB3 than a GB4 in the same universe without them. Also what, exactly, are they passing the torch for? The Ghostbusters actually live in a world without ghosts - just one event has caused them to be visible and once they plug that hole, there's no more business. At the end of GB3, these new recruits are going to be left running a business with no new customers. Also the Ghostbusting actually takes second place in these stories to the characters. In the two movies we see them catch ghosts just TWICE in total. The first time they ever do it also "wasn't such a chore" according the characters. Why would we need a film training to do a job that's easy to pick up first time? We only need one busting scene again and I want it to be the originals that do it. Basically, new writer, surprise us! Don't give us this cliched sequel rubbish we keep hearing for GB3.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by Balkin Flabgurter

    if you check the numbers it is entirely possible this movie can gross its entire budget in the first two weekends, regardless of how shitty it is. The post release will mainly be an unloading of mass produced dvd's into redbox machines and netflix distributing. we will immediately afterwards release the ghost busters blue ray extended edition box set along with "The Warriors" reboot release in theaters starring Zach Efron and john travolta written and directed by seth mcfarlane. film fucking inc.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • July 11, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Why won't this fucking thing just die?

    by buggerbugger

    It's like the movie equivalent of Aunt May, forever hanging around, smelling of spam and cats while telling you to wrap up warm because it's cold outside. Just fucking die, you dried-up old hag of a movie idea.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Cohen has shown a propensity for smart comedy

    by Bass Ackwards

    Um, what? I super dug Tropic Thunder, and found Men in Black 3 to be just as much an inoffesive time passer as the first, but wouldn't come anywhere near describing either as "smart." I wouldn't really describe Ghostbusters as smart either though. I love the movie, so that's not a dig, but its not like you have to pay detailed attention to it to follow the plot or understand the jokes.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    If a sequel's bad...and it don't look good...WHO YA GON' CALL???

    by obijuanmartinez

  • July 11, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    MIB 3 the best!! wtf !

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    The Kidd must have seen a different MIB 3 to me because it was devoid of any laughs and spirit the original had all those years ago. It mostly reeked of a contactiual obligation movie anyway. Tropic Thunder was also similarly not that great, great premise and set up, but not many laughs, or not as many as there should've been. His resume is very very sketchy, i can't see this being that great if he's writing it. Please let Ghostbusters 3 die a peaceful death! Look at how many stabs they took at Indy 4 over the years and they still couldn't get that right (though there are some good things in it to a degree) No One care about Ghostbusters anymore it's been 23 yrs since the last picture! Old men in boiler suits!! who wants to see that!

  • July 11, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    GB3 has to take its cue from the current TV crop

    by impossibledreamers

    Opening the film with a Ghost Hunters type show, maybe even a Travel Channel style BS show where you know its all made-up crap then some very real happens and they can't deal with it. CUT TO: NETWORK OFFICE A development team is pitching a Ghostbusters reunion and reality show. Someone back me up here...

  • July 11, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    But Ghostbusters IS a smart comedy

    by theyreflockingthisway

    It's the whole concept that makes it so. It's a literal story of science vs religion - where science doesn't just beat it, it humiliates it and turns it into a money making business. It's exactly how I think most athiests and agnostics would react to being presented with proof of an afterlife. Not so much "I must convert to this religion now" but rather "how can I study this and/or make money out of it"? A lot of the humour doesn't just come from people running around catching ghosts. It's why they catch ghosts and how they do it. When the old testament style "real wrath of god type stuff" happens, they deal with it using equipment they developed in their office lab. Should people really fear their god, or just find a way to put him in his place when he becomes an ass about something?

  • July 11, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by obidawsn

    That's why Bill Murray is adamant about a good script for GB3. He hated GB2 and wish it hadn't been made, so he doesn't want to make that mistake, again. He might accept bad scripts for other movies, but he doesn't want to do it for Ghostbusters.

  • Oh, wait. They were totally right. Nevermind.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    maybe they should get Tarantino to write it.

    by james_cameron_raped_my_childhood

  • July 11, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    GB2 died when the toaster started dancing

    by james_cameron_raped_my_childhood

    I had a bad feeling about the pink sludge, or whatever it was, was gonna fuck the movie up... ...and the Statue of Liberty fulfilled that promise.

  • MAD I SAY!!

  • July 11, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    The problem with GB2 is that we're told too much about the ghosts.

    by Royston Lodge

    In Ghostbusters, the ghosts aren't "dead people". We know nothing about what Slimer or any of the other ghosts were like when they were alive, and we don't know how they died. Also, the big climactic villains (Gozer, Zuul, etc) weren't ghosts at all! They were Sumerian gods. The ghosts in Ghostbusters serve the same purpose as Stormtroopers. We don't stop to think about a dead Stormtrooper's orphaned children, just like we don't stop to think about the independent contractors killed on the second Death Star. Ghostbusters is a comedy, and dead people aren't really that funny. Dead people are tragic. So when they messed around with the formula in Ghostbusters 2 by telling us about the ghosts' back-stories (the Titanic survivors, Viggo's backstory, etc), it was too great a departure from the dynamic that made the first movie work. It's similar to what made the Casper movie so terrible. Instead of being "Casper the Friendly Ghost" he became "Casper the Dead Boy Who Wishes He Was Alive Again Because He Never Got To Experience Puberty." It's creepy, not funny. Now, I fully expect people to mention Beetlejuice as a counter-argument to my theory, since we know the backstories of all the ghosts in Beetlejuice. My answer to that is that Beetlejuice is a VERY dark comedy, and it's also intensely creepy in parts. The mood of Beetlejuice is way different than the light-hearted mood of the first Ghostbusters. In contrast, Ghostbusters 2 tried to keep the light-hearted mood, but failed because the ghosts were no longer simply throw-away bad-guys. If yer gonna make a dark comedy, make a dark comedy. Don't try to mix-and-match like Ghostbusters 2.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Aren't all those guys in wheelchairs now?

    by Alex3Burke

    How can they redo this with themselves? They should entirely recast it with young fresh talent. Like with the Bond flicks. That way 2 more sequels can be made before the new team gets tired. Either that or else let it degenerate into endless prequels that sacrifice art for money.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Why do we need Bill Murray in anything?

    by Hernando

    He's as funny as getting kicked in the crotch... I loved his Cameo in Zombieland, but what has he done that's even remotely funny where he was a lead character or any important role at all? Space Jam? :P Honestly, I wish they would just reboot this Franchise, so our kids can enjoy Ghostbusters like we did... I don't mean change the formula, so that ghosts sparkle in the sunlight. I mean, make it like it was, with a different cast... Like Footloose, but... you know... good.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I don't get why aykroyd/ramis writing is a bad idea?

    by theonecalledshoe

    Seriously, this is Dan's baby. Harold Ramis helped care for it but bringing in outsiders is wrong.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Some dude on the IMDB board

    by maxjohnson1971

    for GB3 had a pretty good idea about some network filming a reality show around the Ghostbusters and the crew members eventually became the receivers of the torch at the end. Look it up. It was a pretty good idea actually.

  • July 11, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I like the black one!

    by Dan

  • July 12, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    This is better off left alone

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    It's been dropped so many times that each time someone picks it back up it probably looks less and less appealing with all kinds of crud clinging to it and emits a foul odor just shy of being tolerable if you were born in a toxic waste dump. Murray's constant reluctance and rejections of scripts are more than omens this isn't going to play out well. Aside from Moranis retiring and not coming out of retirement for this, Murray is the only other sane individual involved to have enough sense to realize it just won't fucking work.