No official plot yet, but it's said that a younger generation of Ghostbusters will take over, while the veterans will remain primarily as mentors.
Etan Cohen (rewrite)
- The sad passing of actor Harold Ramis has led to Ivan Reitman stepping down as director. He will instead remain as producer and help look for a new director. He also added that the latest script is the one everyone loves and will be moving forward with, saying: "I’m not going to say how many Ghostbusters there will be in the new cast, but we are determined to retain the spirit of the original film, and I am pleased that all of this seems to have happened organically. I’m hoping we can get started by the fall, set in New York, but given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely." (3/19/14)
- Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler) died on February 24th 2014 due to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. The actor was apparently set to have a cameo appearance in the film. The studio is still moving forward without his appearance, while the script is being reworked without him. (2/25/14)
- Aykroyd had yet another interview recently where he revealed additional details on the story, saying: "It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University. Basically there’s research being done that…I can say that the world or our dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width, and time, become threatened by some of the research that is being done. And Ghostbusters, new Ghostbusters have to come and solve the problem." (5/20/13)
- Dan Aykroyd revealed in a recent interview that Bill Murray will not be returning for the sequel, saying: "It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on. It's time to make the third one." Adding... "We've got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year." (8/2/12)
- The studio has hired Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3) to rewrite the script. (7/10/12)
- Dan Aykroyd revealed in a recent interview that Bill Murray is pretty much determined not to return and that the project is currently in "suspended animation", saying: "I honestly don't know. At this point it's in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn't want to be involved. He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it. I know we'd have a lot of fun [but] I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know." Adding.. "We're not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I'm the cheerleader, but I'm only one voice in the matter. It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio." (2/29/12)
- In a recent interview Dan Aykroyd revealed that if Bill Murray doesn't return that his character may be played by a different actor. He further reveals that he's interested in bringing back Rick Moranis as Louis Tully, saying: "If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant." As for the continuing delay for the project, he adds: "The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do." (2/13/12)
- Filming was originally aimed to begin sometime in 2011, with a hopeful theatrical release later that year. Production was then hoped to begin in Spring 2012.
- Dan Aykroyd offered an update on the project recently, hinting that they will move forward with or without Billy Murray, saying: "Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray. That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that 'Ghostbusters' is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of 'Ghostbusters 3' is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood." (8/25/11)
- Dan Aykroyd offered some details as to why they're looking to have a younger generation take over, saying: "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." (8/25/11)
- Bill Murray has apparently been a key reason why the project hasn't moved forward recently, as various reports have stated over a period of several months that he has received the script, yet hasn't read it or revealed whether he wants to officially come on board the project.
- Dan Aykroyd has taken over scripting duties, working off an earlier draft by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Year One, NBC's The Office).
- Actor Bill Murray was quoted saying that he'd only return if he was killed in the "first reel," which means he will be a ghost throughout the rest of the film.
- Sigourney Weaver's son in the first film (Oscar) is said to be grown up and now a Ghostbuster.
- There will reportedly be female Ghostbusters.
- Original director Ivan Reitman returns behind the camera.
- It's said that all the key characters from the original will return.
- NBC's The Office writers/producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will script.
- Sometime during the 90's Dan Aykroyd wrote the script for a potential third film that had the characters being transported to an alternate and more Hellish version of Manhattan, where the people and places were all Hellish versions of themselves and the Ghostbusters would later meet the Devil. Apparently a modified version of the script was used for the video game in 2009. The studio was reportedly interested in the project, but the key actors weren't, so it never came to fruition. However, one thing that seems to have crossed over to this new script is the concept of having younger Ghostbusters taking over, while the veterans serve more as mentors.
- The obvious third film in the Ghostbusters franchise.
A UHM staff member has not reviewed this film.