It seems all the excitement surrounding the Ghostbusters video game has gotten the studio’s attention and rumor has it that they’re now thinking of making an actual third film. Activision has mysteriously pulled all references to the anticipated game from recent press releases as well as the just past PAX08 convention (though lanyards bearing the Ghostbusters logo did end up at the show). Now an email from Harold Ramis to the Chicago Tribune Pop Machine blog confirms it’s under way:
“yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my year one writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. judd apatow is co-producing year one and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. not much else to say at this point. everyone is confident a decent script can be written and i guess we’ll take it from there.
Oh that doesn’t sound good to me at all. Mentor capacity implies they’re handing it off to a new bunch of people and I’m not terribly impressed with the movies Judd Apatow has put out so far. Again maybe it’s a sign I’m getting old, but I’d rather see a third film created and starring the original people. If it holds up the release of the video game, which was billed as an unofficial “third movie” by Ramis, then there’s even more reason to be annoyed.