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Ghostbusters 3: One Original Ghostbuster Gives The All Female Reboot His Support

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GhostbustersComedy classic Ghostbusters turns 30 this year—this milestone was recently commemorated by a limited theatrical rerelease of a remastered version of the film—and there’s been a lot of recent talk about the future of the franchise. This mostly takes the form of Ghostbusters 3, which has been in the works in various incarnations for years, but appears to be inching closer and closer to reality. The latest incarnation of this scuttlebutt is that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig could helm an all-female reboot. While this possibility has resulted in a great deal of outrage from some more close minded fans, this idea has an unexpected backer in one of the original cast members, as well as one of the most outspoken opponents of this unnecessary sequel/do over, Bill Murray.

Murray has made no secret that he is in no way behind this movie in any way shape or form. While early reports connected him to the project, possibly playing a ghost version of his Peter Venkman character, recent days have made it clear he wants no part of this one.

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Ivan Reitman Talks Ghostbusters 3 And Why He’s Not Directing

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Ivan ReitmanWhether we like it or not, it’s fairly certain that we’re going to get a Ghostbusters 3. What’s not as certain is what it’s going to look like. Right now, only two members of the original team, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, are on board—Bill Murray wants nothing to do with it, and Harold Ramis tragically passed away earlier this year. And the most recent news we’ve heard about the project is that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig could reboot the title with an all female cast. Being involved with this, Ivan Reitman, director of the 1984 original, has a close working knowledge of the situation, and took some time to share pieces of what he know with fans.

Talking to Coming Soon, Reitman, who also directed 1989’s Ghostbuster 2, talked about the future direction of the franchise, who might be involved, and why he, himself, declined to helm this new film.

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Ghostbusters 3 Eyes Director Paul Feig, Could Be An All Female Reboot

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Paul FeigNo matter how much we wish it would just disappear, talk of Ghostbusters 3 just won’t go way. If the latest reports making the rounds turn out to be true, however, it would take the movie in a totally different direction than most of us thought. Sony is apparently courting Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig to helm the next sequel to Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedy classic, possibly with an all female lead cast.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that The Heat director was in talks with the studio. According to their sources, he’s not the only one in contention for the Ghostbusters 3 job, but has emerged as the clear frontrunner. Feig has also reportedly expressed interest in the project, but at the moment, the discussions are still being called “casual.” This sounds like the kind of situation that could easily deteriorate and fall apart along the way.

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Max Landis’ Ghostbusters 3 Pitch Would Have Told An Unexpected Origin Story

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LandisAt this point, who knows whether Ghostbusters 3 will ever actually happen. It’s been on and off again more times than an obsessive compulsive’s lucky lightswitch, with damn near every comedic director and actor in Hollywood rumored to be attached at one point or another. Hell, entire crops of new stars have come and gone, and still we’ve got no Ghostbusters 3. One of the names mentioned in connection to the elusive Ghostbusters sequel recently was that of Max Landis, son of director John Landis and screenwriter of the found-footage flick Chronicle. Landis himself swiftly shot down those rumors via Twitter, but in the process tossed out some ideas for Ghostbusters 3 anyway.

The story broke Tuesday night in a since-deleted story from Nikki Finke, who claimed Landis was going to do a quick polish on the current Ghostbusters 3 draft. That’s certainly within the realm of possibility; while Landis’ actual list of produced credits is pretty short, he has numerous script sales and projects in various degrees of development, and I can certainly see him getting called in for a bit of script doctoring on GB3. In fact, he even hinted that he has been working on polishing several big-name projects that hadn’t gone public, but apparently Ghostbusters isn’t one of them. He did, however, provide his theoretical Ghostbusters 3 opening, which posits the origins of a fan-favorite character…

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Ernie Hudson Says Ghostbusters 3 Could Film This Fall

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Ernie HudsonFor all the talk about Ghostbusters 3 recently, I’ve always hoped it was just that, talk, and that any actual momentum would eventually peter out. This strategy has served me pretty well up to this point, there’s been talk about this movie since the 1990s, yet nothing has ever materialized. After all, how can you do a Ghostbusters movie, even a reboot of one, when half the original team won’t be there. Bill Murray wants nothing to do with it, and after his untimely passing, Harold Ramis obviously won’t be involved. However, all my hopes and wishes apparently don’t add up to much in Hollywood, because Ernie Hudson, who plays Winston Zeddemore, has come out and said that Ghostbusters 3 could start filming very soon.

Talking to Film Dumpster at a recent comic con, the Oz star says that filming could begin possibly this fall or in the spring of 2015. He was reluctant to get more specific or commit to either time because it sounds like there isn’t one set in concrete, and he’s been burned by schedule changes in the past. However it works out, it does sound pretty definite that Ghostbusters 3 will happen, and sooner rather than later. Hudson says that he spoke to Ivan Reitman about the subject recently at the premiere of Draft Day.

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Ghostbusters 3: Sigourney Weaver Reveals The Identity Of One Of The New Team

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Sigourney WeaverThis past weekend marked 30 years since Ivan Reitman and a collection of some of the funniest men to ever lived dropped Ghostbusters and changed the world for ever. It is also worth nothing that Joe Dante’s Gremlins was released on the same date, thus making this one of the best days in the history of the human race. With the release of a Ghostbusters LEGO set, as well as the announcement that there is a special edition Blu-ray in the works, we’ve had a lot to celebrate. Unfortunately, people are ruining all of this fun by bringing up the possibility of Ghostbusters 3, and one of those individuals is Sigourney Weaver. She also hints at the identity of one of a new team of Ghostbusters.

Under normal circumstances, Weaver can say just about anything she wants and we’re okay with it, but we’d really like everyone to just drop the subject of Ghostbusters 3. Talking to Vanity Fair, she recounted a recent conversation with Reitman where she said she had one condition for returning to the franchise, she said, “I want my son Oscar to be a Ghostbuster.” To this statement Reitman replied, “We’ve already done that.”