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There are rumors out there that Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer might direct the long in development-hell Ghostbusters 3: Even Ghostier (not the real title) and while we wait for that dream to die, the original movie is getting a treatment 30 years in the making.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Ghostbusters will get a theatrical re-release this summer in over 700 theaters on August 29th. Then the Blu-ray release of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Ghostbusters and a 25th Anniversary Edition of Ghostbusters II in its Blu-ray debut will hit. There will be new interviews with Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman along with deleted scenes from the sequel.
Rory Bruer, Sony President of Worldwide Distribution said:
“Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises. I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again.”
It’s definitely a landmark comedy filled with iconic moments; it deserves to be celebrated. But I thought we were all pretending that Ghostbusters II didn’t happen? What happened to that?
I say supposedly because we have been hearing about Ghostbusters 3 for what seems like forever, FOR-EV-ER. Ivan Reitman has been the only consistent voice about wanting to do the sequel, and now he’s exited directing duties in the wake of Harold Ramis death. Most of the time trying to get this movie off the ground has been wasted getting grumpy Bill Murray to join the cast, which is a lost cause at this point. Deadline now reports that the studio is now setting their sights on an early 2015 start for the film. We’ll see.
Here’s what Reitman had to say:
“There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written about Ghostbusters,” Reitman told me. “I’ve been reading things online for about four years, speculation on who’s writing, what they’re writing, who’s in it, who we will use, and who’s directing. We’d decided not to comment up till now, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill was going to do. A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters.”
Reitman talked about the process of trying for Murray, which made up for two scripts:
“The first was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan helped them on it,” Reitman said. “It was a really good script, but then it became clear that Bill really didn’t want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going. When Bill finally…well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about.”
“It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” he said. “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. I’d just finished directing Draft Day, which I’m really happy with and proud of. Working on a film that is smaller and more dramatic was so much fun and satisfying. I just finally met with Amy and Doug Belgrad when I got back. I said I’d been thinking about it for weeks, that I’d rather just produce this Ghostbusters. I told them I thought I could help but let’s find a really good director and make it with him. So that’s what we’ve agreed will happen. I didn’t want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story.”
So it sounds like they are going the way of a new start to the sequel to build a new franchise aka young people! They are focused on finding a director then the new cast; we can only hope that they stay true to the spirit of the original film. Ghostbusters II doesn’t count.
Ivan Reitman’s upcoming sports drama Draft Day has a trailer below and it begs the question, how is this a movie? Well that’s just me I guess, I know there’s a lot of people who would watch this, a film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.
General Manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
The last movie Reitman made that I liked was Kindergarten Cop when I was 5 years old, so…go bears! The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Timothy Simons, and Ellen Burstyn.
Draft Day opens April 11, 2014, watch the trailer below:
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- Rob Zombie to write, direct and produce BROAD STREET BULLIES based on the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers. [deadline]
- Jurassic Park 4 has found new writer, they might go Ape. [hollywood.com]
- Ivan Reitman making DRAFT DAY, a new American football comedy. [empire]
- Rob Reiner joins THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. [thr]
- Jim Parsons and Rihanna to voice DreamWorks Animation’s HAPPY SMEKDAY! [comingsoon]
- Guillermo del Toro describes Battles in PACIFIC RIM. [comicbookmovie]
First Trailer for Joe Wright’s ANNA KARENINA Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson:
It was only a matter of time I suppose; a feature film biopic based on the life of Michael Jackson is going to happen, eventually. There is definitely a lot of material there, what an interesting life that man lived. His estate is currently shopping around the rights to Jackson’s story, Variety reports that the executor of the estate John Branca has already approached Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock’s Montecito Picture Company about the possibility of producing and financing the biopic.
It was revealed that the project would “only cover certain periods of the late singer’s life”; so don’t expect to see much of his controversial moments in there. This could be something for the fans, focusing on his rise to fame, music, and charitable accomplishments.
If you want to see an interesting version of his life, do as I did and watch 1992′s The Jacksons: An American Dream.
It’s official, Ivan Reitman ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Or trilogies for that matter. MTV shared with us this morning that the director will return to his roots with another Ghostbusters. He wouldn’t comment on recent rumours about the film such as the statements made by Sigourney Weaver, who said that Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman character may appear in the film as a ghost. “I’m not going to comment on what’s in the script and on what Sigourney may or may not have said.” He offers that there are “some very cool things” in the script now.
I hope they don’t go the route of new young recruits being taught by the original aged gang. I think the old age alone is set up for some classic comedy. Weaver’s son Oscar from the sequel may be grown up now – perhaps he can be working at becoming a buster himself. With new technology and 3D all over the shop, we may have a pretty spectacular movie on our hands here.