“Everything Is Awesome!” With the news that director Ivan Reitman was dropping out as director of Ghostbusters 3, there are a number of really good up-and-coming directors who could take his place. While Reitman’s sensibility for the Ghostbusters films were perfect in the 1980s, today’s brand of comedy has shifted. Although Sony hasn’t officially announced anything yet, a pair of buzzworthy directors could make everything awesome if they were brought on to helm Ghostbusters 3.
According to Nikki Finke, directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are in talks to direct the third film in the Ghostbusters film series. Lord & Miller have a knack for taking movie properties that sound like they might be a terrible idea — like Ghostbusters 3 — and making them into surprising box office hits.
The pair is coming off the giant success of The LEGO Movie last month, which has already grossed $380.2 million worldwide. They also surprised audiences with the 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film adaptations, which were also movie projects that sounded terrible on paper, but which turned out pretty great. Lord & Miller have proven that they can make funny family movies just as well as R-rated comedies, so it would be interesting to see them working middle ground with a PG-13 comedy like Ghostbusters 3.
Ivan Reitman decided not to direct Ghostbusters 3 after the death of Harold Ramis a few weeks ago, but he will stay on as one of the film’s producers. If they were signed to the project, Lord & Miller could be a good match for Ghostbusters 3, and their involvement might also reinvigorate interest in the long-gestating project.
Production on Ghostbusters 3 is expected to begin in early 2015, but at the moment, a screenplay still has to be finalized and a cast must be assembled. There are no confirmed plot details available for Ghostbusters 3, but according to Dan Aykroyd the film might feature a dimensional rift opening in the middle of New York City. Naturally, the Ghostbusters would be called on to stop all the scary beasts from overtaking the world. Aykroyd even has plans for a Ghostbusters 4, which could possibly involve the team going to Hell.
Reitman and Aykroyd’s involvement will hopefully keep the new movie in the spirit of the original films. It really seems like Sony wants to make a good Ghostbusters 3 movie to honor Harold Ramis, and the potential hiring of Lord & Miller could be a smart move. Maybe Ghostbusters 3 won’t be so terrible after all.