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.
Comedian-turned-actor Dan Aykroyd joined “Larry King Now” to talk about all sorts of stuff, including the long-gestured Ghostbusters 3, which seems destined to eventually happen. While Bloody Disgusting was the first media site to bring you story details, Aykroyd speaks in more detail to Larry King.
Before getting into the actual plot, it’s important to note that Aykroyd boldly stated that Bill Murray is not currently part of the movie. “He’s a good friend, I love him, he just doesn’t want to reprise the role. However, there will be a hole for him. If Billy wants to walk in the door and be in the movie, we will find a place.”
But, as we previously revealed, Ghostbusters 3 will feature a new cast of Busters. “We’re going to have to cast. We need four new ghostbusters. We need four new Columbia students,” stated Aykroyd.
As far as the plot of Ghostbusters 3, Dan Aykroyd said, “It’s based upon new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University.” Aykroyd added, “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.” READ MORE
While Sony Home Entertainment’s June 2009 Blu-ray release of Ghostbusters somehow won a “Reaper Award,” I was sitting at home scoffing at how badly I felt ripped off. The transfer was absolute garbage; not to mention an insider explained to me that they actually used an old, damaged upconverted transfer, instead of doing it right.
Almost 4 years later, Sony is making amends (at the expense of our pocketbooks) with their 4K release of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 horror comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver.
Our friends at DVDTalk pointed us to the blu-ray forum where they shared some screengrabs of the new 4K Master. According to @TylerFoster of DVDTalk, Sony actually created brand a new transfer this time. He explains, “They actually did it over, from the negative.” Unfortunately, there are no extras, “All of these discs have no extras and are encoded at 1080p — it’s like a flashback to the days of Superbit DVD. Should be $14.99 apiece.”
Still, isn’t it enough to finally get a crisp, clear transfer of the ghost bustin’ quartet on Blu-ray? You can pre-order now on Amazon for the May 14 release! READ MORE
Some slight news on Sony’s Ghostbusters, which will apparently not be shooting this summer since writer Etan Cohen is still only about halfway through the script. The good news is that Dan Aykroyd is apparently inspired by some cool real-world scientific discoveries that they could use to bridge over into the supernatural universe for the sequel.
Aykoryd told ABC (via Badass Digest), “ I feel re-encouraged, reinvigorated by the pages that I have seen. I know that we’re expecting half of the screenplay to be completed very soon. It should be into production by the fall and be shooting by the new year. I won’t say anything, it’s very exciting. The Higgs boson and the particle theories, gluons and mesons, that really gives us a scientific base in terms of our fictional storytelling, to open up to another dimension and have something horrible come through.”
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver are all rumored to be returning at some capacity. Again – this will crush all of your dreams if/when it happens. Trust me.
Bill Murray doesn’t have an obligation to the fans to star in Ghostbusters 3, let alone any movie. In fact, many Bloody readers have sounded off that they don’t even want to see the sequel. But alas, Sony and Columbia Pictures continue to tweak their proton packs for a third battle with the undead in New York.
The project, which has been in development for several years now, would bring Ivan Reitman back behind the camera, with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson returning to bust some ghosts (and pass along the torch), alongside Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver (depending on what source you believe; and take into consideration the years of development could cause players to get cold feet).
And thanks to the team’s
failed attempts dedication to bring Bill Murray back into the fold as Dr. Peter Venkman, the project has been in development hell for the better part of a decade. What’s interesting though is the roundabout news that, once again, Sony is looking to do Ghostbusters 3 as an animated film, a source exclusively reveals to Bloody Disgusting. This was the original plan back in 2007, which eventually resulted in the incredible 2009 video game.
Whether you blame Murray for stringing everyone along and not giving a flat “no” (though it seems he has done this several times), or you point your finger at Aykroyd and Reitman for agreeing accepting that string – it seems the damage to the project might be permanent. In the end, it looks like they may go with “Plan Z,” which would entail animating the feature and bringing the cast in for a few days of voice work. If I were a gambling man, I’d say Murray couldn’t turn down a massive paycheck for one day of work. (Cameron Diaz earned $3 million for Shrek, $10 million for Shrek 2, and a disturbing $30 million for Shrek The Third.) READ MORE
Hot on the heels of Sony deciding to shoot their new Ghostbusters in the summer, they’ve now lightly applied the brakes. They’re going to be making some decisions about the film this spring, which in all likelihood would preclude a summer start. In fact they’ve said as much.
Per THR, “ Any ‘decision’ on Ghostbusters III, the long-, long-gestating sequel, has been postponed until the end of March — this after Men in Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was paid a huge sum for a script. Shooting was to begin next summer but now couldn’t start before fall at the earliest.” I’m hoping for never.
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver are all rumored to be returning at some capacity. Again – this will crush all of your dreams if/when it happens. Trust me.
While Bill Murray repeatedly slimes the idea of Ghostbusters 3, Columbia Pictures, along with director Ivan Reitman, and stars Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd, continue to push forward with the misadventures of Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Raymond Stantz, Dr. Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddmore.
While we’ve watched everyone involved trade verbal blows, and then deny them, something
interesting terrifying has been brewing under the streets of New York City.
In a recent interview with Collider, Reitman was asked about the sequel. His response sent me into a state of shock: “I think Ghostbusters probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see.”
Unfortunately, reporter Christina Radish didn’t follow up with the shocking statement. It’s as if it went completely unheard. If I were in that position, they’d be checking to see if I were okay after having fallen off my chair.
Etan Cohen, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky had been working on various screenplays that would introduce a new generation of Ghostbusters (lead by Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar).
Ah, Ghostbusters 3. I’m sure you’ll be terrible. That’s not some snarky online reflexive writing – I love to love things – but it looks like this project is just creatively circling the drain and that it’s sole reason for existing will be the cash. Fairly soon we might actually have a third film, which means the balance in the universe will have shifted. We’ll have one great Ghostbusters and two bad ones. And now one thing’s for sure – Bill Murray Won’t Be In It. We all knew that was coming, but here it really is. Once Dan Aykroyd admits to this, that means the last person on earth who was holding out hope has finally given in.
Last month, on the heels of this report, Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen was been tapped to rewrite the sequel for the studio. He was supposed to be rewriting the draft that “The Office” scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were hired to write in Setember 2008.
Except now it appears he’s been writing a draft, on Dan Aykroyd’s marching orders, without Murray’s character Peter Venkman. When Metro asked Aykroyd if Murray would be in the film he replied, “No, I can tell you he won’t be involved..” He continued, “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.”
The plan remains to have the old Ghostbusters pass the torch to a new bunch of rapscallions. Excited? *Oh and I would hope Peter Venkman isn’t in the script. How sad would it be if they got someone else to play him?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Bill Murray will probably never reunite with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson for Ghostbusters 3. I’m not sure if he hints that he’ll do it out of a genuine sense of curiostiy in the project (or paycheck) or if he just likes seeing how high Aykroyd will jump to accomodate the possibility.
Apparently Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are no longer involved with the script and new – unnamed – talent has been attached. Aykroyd told ABC, “”new writing staff working on it now. It’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect.”
This comes on the heels of the comment Murray made to David Letterman last month, “You just have to have a really good script, you know, it’s hard. I think, you know, we’ll try again.” But if you watch the video of that, his eyes aren’t exactly brimming with enthusiasm.
Columbia Pictures had hoped to tell the story of a ragtag group of paranormal researchers whom reopen their notorious ghost removal service, with a new generation of Ghostbusters 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. Perhaps those plans have changed depending on whether or not the new guys are polishing Eisner and Stupnitsky’s previous draft or are building a new one from the ground up.
Warner Home Video has announced an October 9 release for both Blu-ray and DVD releases of Frank Oz’ incredible horror comedy musical Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut.
Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy and Bill Murray, “A nerdish florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.”
Extras on the all new transfer include: A featurette, commentary with director Frank Oz and a rash of deleted scenes. READ MORE
Bill Murray will probably never reunite with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson for Ghostbusters 3. Yet he occasionally will dole out some kind of info and dangle the carrot a little bit. Does he like f*cking with Dan Aykroyd that much? Maybe. In the below interview with David Letterman he seems to be considering the prospect when he says, “we’ll try again.” But, honestly, I just don’t think it’s in the cards.
Columbia Pictures hopes to tell the story of a ragtag group of paranormal researchers whom reopen their notorious ghost removal service, with a new generation of Ghostbusters 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. Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver have both been closely connected to the project.
I personally hope Ghostbusters 3 never happens. I love the first movie but, at this point, a third is something we only think we want. When we finally get it (if ever), we’ll hate it. I think Murray is being smart about this one, his trepidations are well founded.
It has been a whopping 13 years since Dan Aykroyd wrote an early draft for Ghostbusters 3, which would eventually transform into the version penned by “Office” writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky about a new generation of ‘busters. Over the past few years the Columbia-produced sequel has hit snag after snag, leading up to various internet rumors surrounding Bill Murray. The fact is, he’s too busy with life to star, and Aykroyd respects that…
“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation,” Aykroyd tells the Daily Telegraph in response to . “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.”
He’s recently begun to consider recasting Murray’s role with another actor. It’s also been suggested that he could return as a CGI ghost…
“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.”
The article visually described Aykroyd’s look as “pained.” Hopefully they can just suck it up and move on without Murray, or at least officially can the sequel so we can stop speculating. READ MORE
As much as I scoff at the National Enquirer, I’ve always believed strongly that there’s a small bit of truth in everything they report. Living in Los Angeles the past decade as sort of made this belief more prevalent.
With that said, the tabloid trash mag is reporting on some pretty insane Ghostbusters III news that should (maybe) be taken with a grain of salt.
As previously reported, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Harold Ramis had all agreed to rebirth the Ghostbusters franchise – but Murray, who’s got script approval, kept refusing to take producers’ phone calls after they’d send rewrites.
But here’s the kicker, the site is reporting that after they sent him the latest reworked screenplay weeks ago, Murray fired back his shocking answer – nailing the coffin shut forever – by sending Dan and Harold a box containing the new script SHREDDED into confetti, along with this nasty note: “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!”
Insiders say furious Dan and Harold vow that Bill’s off their “who ya gonna call” list forever – and they’ll make the movie WITHOUT him! YIKES. Aykroyd eluded to this back on August 25. Maybe now they’ll take Winston Zeddemore a bit more seriously?
Good news is that it sounds as if the spring start date will be met, too bad it’ll be without the spine of the old ghost bustin’ crew. READ MORE
One of our inside jokes here at Bloody Disgusting is Ernie Hudson’s involvement in the potential third Ghostbusters film. Hudson, who has resorted to doing a fairly large amount of autograph conventions, would probably give just about anything to return to the franchise that gave his career major life. So why do I find it unsettling that he hasn’t even been contacted about returning? Will the “fourth wheel” Ghost Buster once again be the last to join?
According to THR, Hudson, who played Winston Zeddmore in the Ghostbusters films, says he hasn’t been approached about a role in the film.
“I haven’t seen anybody with any money, but I hear it’s happening, and I’ve been reading all the press stuff, and the fans have been telling me that it’s on,” Hudson said.
Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the first two movies, returns with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, and even Sigourney Weaver.
Recent reports indicate that the project is close to its demise as star Bill Murray refuses to read the latest draft.
I’m seriously getting so sick of reporting on this, especially because there’s nothing ever positive to say, but once again we have to tell you that Bill Murray is holding up Ghostbusters 3.
Deadline reports that Murray is courted to play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Roger Michell-directed Hyde Park on the Hudson. If he agrees, the movie goes green immediately. The ramifications would be the indefinite delay of a third Ghostbusters, as the site’s sources state that the movie will only be made with the blessings of Murray.
And it gets more sour; even though Sony Pictures and the Ghostbusters creative team built a sequel around Murray, they reports the actor still hasn’t contacted the studio to tell them if he’s even read the script script by “The Office” writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky that was delivered to him at the beginning of the year.
Yay(?), a new movie about Franklin D. Roosevelt…
Howard Stern was lucky enough to receive a call from the elusive BIll Murray, the legendary comedian/actor who marches to the beat of his own drum. Over the past few weeks Murray has had multiple fingers pointed in his direction as the hold up on the long-gestured Ghostbusters 3. The truth?
Stern asked Murray about the rumors: “I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset. Now I’m a problem,” he explained. Bill said he had the script somewhere (“I haven’t read it yet.“) and liked his Ghostbusters co-stars (“We really are funny together.“) but hadn’t taken the time to consider the project: “It’s not the foremost thing in my mind right now so I don’t think about it.”
I seriously think it’s time to official give up any hope on seeing Murray and Weaver’s love-child take the reigns as a new Ghost Buster. Maybe they can just license Murray’s likeness and insert him as a CG ghost? I’ll take that blow just to see Columbia Pictures get this off the ground. Sigh.
Supposedly, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver have agreed to return, with Ivan Reitman taking the reigns. I just want to see Rick Moranis back in action!
There’s a new way to end the zombie apocalypse, and it involves Woody Harrelson.
In Columbia Pictures’ horror-comedy Zombieland, Harrelson played Tallahassee, a man on a mission for Twinkies who teams up with Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin on a cross-country survival trip. He saves the day, and finally gets his hands on a Twinkie. But the studio doesn’t want that to be the end of their scavenger hunt as a 3-D sequel has been long in development. Unfortunately, true to his character, Harrelson might be a pretty large kink in the wheel…
When Total Film asked if the follow-up is definitely happening, Harrelson explained: “I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. It’s one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then to do a sequel… 99 out of 100 are worse by a lot. So I don’t know.” Adding, “I don’t feel like a sequels guy.”
I guess the film can be sold on the shoulders of Eisenberg, hot off the success of Social Network, but could you see a sequel without Harrelson? I for one think he’s the glue that kept that posse together.
Deadline just did a report on Columbia Pictures’ struggle to get Ghostbusters III off the ground, with the highlight once again punning the blame on an unsigned Bill Murray. Earlier reports indicated Murray had recently received a new screenplay and now Director IvanReitman and Sony Pictures have no idea if the mercurial Murray will smile on the script they’ve just sent him. Without Murray, the studio absolutely will NOT make the film, which gives an extraordinary amount of leverage to a quirky actor who leaves financiers sweating until the moment he shows up on the set. It appears Murray is to blame. More inside….
This entire Ghostbusters 3 circus is officially pissing me off. Every single person involved is a f*cking liar, or spinning their words, or playing semantics (sift through all of the finger pointing). There’s obviously a problem somewhere as the wheel is missing the proper spokes to get rolling. It’s been promised over and over, only now attached director Ivan Reitman is calling everyone a liar. “Virtually everything you’ve read on the internet [about Ghostbusters III] is not accurate,” he tells Cinema Blend, adding that they still need to get the cast together first. “[We] have some actors who seem to be interested in doing it, a ton of interest in the film.” Yeah, I’m sure it’s all bull crap, even when we broke the news that he’d be directing. According to his brash response, I guess he’s not? Ridiculous. Columbia, put your foot down, slam a fist, it’s time to get this goddamn movie off the ground already.
Oh boy, here we go again. When there are a handful of egos involved in any project, there are bound to be problems. Such the case with Ghostbusters 3, Columbia Pictures’ hotly anticipated sequel that’s had its fair share of problems, most of which keep being swept publicly under the rug. While Dan Aykroyd plays “good cop”, the rest of the cast have been very outspoken about the “Bill Murray delays”. Ernie Hudon, who plays Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters franchise, is the latest to chime in.
Co-writer Rhett Reese is claiming via Twitter that the following is a “product of a game of ‘Telephone.’ Distorted.” Hopefully he’ll explain. In Ruben Fleischer’s ultra fun Zombieland, the group infamously invade the mansion of comedian Bill Murray, which turns into one of the most legendary scenes ever caught on film. They watch Ghostbusters, run around role playing Ghostbusters, and Murray even takes a jab at Garfield. Bloody Disgusting was tipped off to some inside info on Fleischer’s Zombieland 2 that’s sure to grab the attention of fans of the first film. Apparently, Columbia Pictures is planning yet another “superstar cameo” searching for someone iconic along the lines of “Harrison Ford” or “Anthony Hopkins”. In addition, the script calls for a lead villain with comedic roots, while Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) will find himself going head-to-head with a “hunky rival”. Jesse Eisenberg is the only other star officially attached at this point, but expect some casting news soon.
Bloody Disgusting reader ‘Jonas’ reports in with a fresh Ghostbusters 3 update that confirms many of the casting rumors floating around the web. According to Jonas, producer/writer/star Dan Aykroyd was on WGN Radio Chicago where he commented on those pesky rumors. He confirmed that they are casting and open to finding some fresh faces, adding that both Bill Hader and Anna Faris have been mentioned as “strong possibilities”, although it’s still too earlier to call. Aykroyd, who plays Dr. Raymond Stantz in the franchise, also mentioned Eliza Dushku’s name again, also confirming (what we already knew) that both Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver are returning. Columbia Pictures is aiming at a May 2011 start date.
Upon new rumors and casting calls for Ghostbusters 3 making their way online, website What’s Playing did some digging through their Sony Pictures contact who may have leaked some potential casting news. “Asked whether he knew anything about [Anna Faris] being onboard, he replied ‘Dunno. First I’ve heard of it. Heard Will Forte’s name mentioned and Bill Hader, but not Faris. I’m not in on all that though, so she could be; [Sony] does like her’. ” Forte and Hader landing roles alongside “Saturday Night Live” alumni could be pretty freakin’ cool. Obviously, none of this is confirmed so keep this filed under “rumor” until further notice. Being directed by Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver are all said to be returning. Lead by Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar, a new breed of Ghost Busters are passed the torch…
More good news on the ghost busting front as Production Weekly is reporting that they’ve heard Sony’s Columbia Pictures is aiming at a May 2011 start date for Ghostbusters 3, which would put it as part of their monster 2012 line-up. It was reported last month that Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky’s latest rewrite was approved, with a little help from producer/star Dan Aykroyd. As of this writing, Ivan Reitman will direct with Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver returning to star. The plot is said to revolve around Dana and Peter’s lovechild, Oscar, and his new found job as a “Ghost Buster”.