Oh boy do we have a scoop that has still got me in a daze! It’s no secret that Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters 3 – being penned by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky – will introduce a new team of young Ghost Busters that will have proton packs, PKE meters and the famed Ecto-1 passed on to them by Egon, Peter, Ray, and Winton (Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, respectively). Early reports indicate that the quartet have signed on, and are in fact ready to pass the torch to some youngins — but it’s what we learned that truly gives the story some much-needed depth. Details inside.
Much like Steven Spielberg did with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (where Mutt Williams is Indy and Marion’s love-child), Ivan Reitman is looking to kick-start a new franchise with a ghost bustin’ love-child of their own.
Early word from an insider is that the (hinted at) love affair between Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) and Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) has a much bigger impact on the franchise than just an angry Vigo (Wilhelm von Homburg).
From what we’re told, it will be revealed that Dana’s son Oscar is in fact Peter’s child as well. Furthermore, Oscar is now 21-ish and ready to take the reigns of his father’s ghost busting business!
It’s an important plot point as it gives a lot of weight to the actual story, and takes it from being “just another sequel” to having a real purpose (so long as they don’t pull an Indiana Jones IV).
In addition to the four Ghost Busters, Rick Moranis (who will be coming out of retirement for this) and Sigourney Weaver are expected to return as well. Still no word on how close the film is to actually going into production, but word has it things are actually progressing nicely (contrary to what Murray is saying).