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There was a time, maybe six or eight months ago, when I was still beside myself with excitement at the prospect of another Ghostbusters movie being made. Since then my interest has waned, for a variety of reasons based largely on Internet reports. Now series helmer Ivan Reitman is saying that what’s been written about the planned sequel on the Internet is mostly false. What a shocker.
The revelation came from Reitman’s interview with ComingSoon. He said, “There is almost nothing that is accurate online about that film. Will you write that for me?” Written.
Of course, it could all just be damage control. The coming sequel has been tainted ever since people saw Year One, which was written by Ghostbusters 3 writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. The Harold Ramis (aka Egon Spengler)-directed comedy fell flat with critics and led many fans to believe — myself included — that the franchise may not be in the right hands.
Reitman says there’s nothing to be concerned about, that even Bill Murray’s reported lack of interest in the script is not true. “We have a really good script, but Bill (Murray) has to read it,” Reitman revealed. “He hasn’t read it. There has been all kinds of chatter online about him reading it and not liking it. He has not read a thing. He’s never read anything. And I just sent it to him. So we’ll see. God knows how long that will take. But we’ll see.”
It’s worth noting that some of those reports on the Internet are based on what Murray himself has had to say. In a 2010 interview with David Letterman, he referred to the sequel as “my nightmare.” While he didn’t indicate that he’s read the script, he did say that he told the powers-that-be he wouldn’t be in the movie unless they found a way to kill him off. Which they did. So clearly, Murray is at least aware of the developing story even if he’s not read the script.
Reitman didn’t speak at all to the idea Murray put forward of killing his Dr. Peter Venkman character off, but he did confirm that some of what’s been said is, in fact, true. “Oh, no, yeah… I mean, Sigourney Weaver has a role in this movie,” he said. “All the original characters have parts. As well as a whole bunch of new characters… it’s got a really good story, this one. Maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it.”
I wish I shared that hope, Ivan. I’m worried though. The two previous movies in the series are modern comedy classics, and I’m starting to get the feeling that a lot of the fan desire to see a third film is based around an allegiance born of the first two. If Murray’s really not into it and Year One wasn’t just an unfortunate fluke for Eisenberg/Stupnitsky… I hate to say it, but maybe it’s time to put the old boy down.