Small Ghostbusters 3 update

Here's a small Ghostbusters 3 update courtesy of Clint over at Moviehole...

If there’s one thing I know, when it comes to “Ghostbusters 3” we shouldn’t get too excited – or take what either Dan Aykroyd or Harold Ramis says about it as gospel.

You see, the film has been in development for more than a decade (Aykroyd was stumping his “Ghostbusters in Hell” script around Hollywood before the first “Star Wars” prequel got greenlit) and the cast (well, everyone but Bill Murray – who’s never seemed that keen to bring Venkman back to cinemas; still doesn’t seem over enthusiastic.) has been talking it just as long, if not longer – especially Aykroyd, who, given any and every opportunity, will swear black-and-blue it’s ‘happening’.

Granted, things do seem like they’ve inched forward in the “G3” department – the film has writers (Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the Emmy-nominated writer-producers on the Steve Carell version of "The Office"), Bill Murray is said to be onboard (though, as I still, still doesn’t seem that enthused to do it - - gotta wonder whether he’ll pull out a week before pre-production?), Sigourney Weaver’s been dropping plot hints (Venkman as a Ghost, her now-grown son Oscar as a Ghostbuster), and now, according to co-star Harold Ramis, the film has a start date too.

According to the actor cum director (it’s still not certain whether Ivan Reitman will direct “Ghostbusters 3” – he may only produce – with some suggesting that Ramis may end up not only performing in the film but directing it. Shit, I hope not! did anyone else see "Year One"!?), “Ghostbusters 3” lenses next Summer and will be released the following year (2011) in Cinemas.

Ramis made the comments in an interview with Heeb, adding that the storyline of the film will feature ‘’some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future”.

Let’s stop right there. What the hell is that!? Christopher Lloyd in ''Back to the Future''!? So, an old Ghostbuster is going to lend his time-traveling device to the new recruits? Or maybe Venkman’s (Ghost is) stuck in purgatory (as opposed to ‘The Wild West’, like Lloyd was in “Back to the Future III”) and the Ghostbusters have to save him? (Suppose that wouldn’t be a bad way to go – would only mean Bill Murray would have to be set a couple of days. He’d appear at the start and the end of the film). Still, a little too “Tron Legacy”, no?

One thing’s for certain, Aykroyd’s chasing a couple of young beauties to play new Ghostbusters recruits (in addition to the lucky schmuck who is cast to play Dana Barron’s son, Oscar) with Allysa Milano and Eliza Dushku (of “Buffy” fame) said to be his top picks. Shall see. So long as he’s able to entice Rick Moranis (in addition to Murray and Sigourney Weaver) back into the fold, I don’t think anyone will complain who else the casting directors pad the film with.
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