Monday, June 08, 2009

Who are you going to call?

Here's some more news on Ghostbusters 3.

Coming Soon spoke with Harold Ramis seeing as he is making the rounds promoting Year One, the upcoming comedy with Jack Black and Michael Cera.
"I wrote the story for the new movie with them, and Dan and I've been consulting. We're just waiting to see a first draft and where we are," Ramis told us, although he's very optimistic it will happen with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson returning as well. "Everyone says they'll do it, they've all said they'll do it. No one has signed anything yet--we haven't signed anything either--but there's the spirit of willingness in the air."

Last week, Ivan Reitman was asked by MTV about his involvement in the project, but Ramis isn't so sure Reitman would want to direct it, even though it's obviously too early to tell. "I don't think he wants to; I'm not sure I want to (direct). It's just a lot of open questions. Until we see a script, I don't think anyone really knows how they feel about it. Everyone's open to doing it, that's the main thing, that's what got it moving forward."
Here's a roundup.
*A five-way jury hold veto over any Ghostbusters film. Reitman is one party, three more are Murray, Ramis and Aykroyd, and the fifth is Columbia Pictures. If any of these want to nix the project, they can. It seems this would also apply to films that the individual would not be involved in - say, if Reitman wasn’t set to direct, or one of the actors not set appear, they could still wield the axe.

*I was sent an e-mail from a source inside the industry who wanted to relate a little Ghostbusters 3 gossip. According to them, Jake Kasdan wants the directing gig. As in actively wants it and, I would assume, is pursuing it. If the job was mine to give, I’d be putting a bow on it for him now.
Harold Ramis talks about the iconic movies of this generation:
'Caddyshack,' 'Animal House,' and 'Groundhog Day' were generation-defining films. What are the iconic movies of this generation?
I have sons who are 19 and 14, so I can actually track these things. 'Napoleon Dynamite' was a big movie for them, for a lot of young people. 'Superbad' was a big defining movie and a lot of adolescents will live their lives now remembering 'Superbad.' All the Judd Apatow work, 'Harold and Kumar'... you know, all these really raunchy comedies. And probably those filmmakers would say the same thing you did - they remember our stuff from their childhoods. Will Ferrell to some extent, Ben Stiller films - these are the lines my sons repeat with their friends now.

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