After over a year of jabbing by Bill Murray (who apparently shredded one of the scripts and mailed it to the producers), and watching Dan Aykroyd talk around the issue, something official has been announced regarding Columbia Pictures’ long gestured Ghostbusters 3.
On the heels of this report, Variety reveals that Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen has been tapped to rewrite the sequel for the studio.
“The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired in Setember 2008 to revive the blockbuster franchise that started in 1984 with Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters. At the time, the supernatural action-comedy was Columbia Pictures’ highest-grossing film ever, until it was beaten by Men in Black and then Spider-Man.
Third installment is expected to find original castmembers Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray passing the torch to a new generation of ghostbusters. It begins when a ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits. We previously reported that the new ‘Busters will be lead by Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar. Who knows what Cohen will do to the existing screenplay.
Cohen previously wrote Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder and Mike Judge’s Idiocracy. He’s also attached to make his directorial debut with Paramount’s horror-comedy Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, which follows three high school Boy Scouts who must use their skills to save their small town from a vicious zombie outbreak.