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Although he’s not writing the film, Max Landis has ideas for Ghostbusters 3 — lots of ideas.
Earlier in the week, the Chronicle screenwriter was reported to be penning a take on Ghostbusters for Sony, but Landis himself shot down that rumor. Nevertheless, he took to Twitter to outline what his Ghostbusters vision would have looked like.
He described his hypothetical opening scene as follows:
My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection. Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, the gate will open in 1984, then again twenty years later. The fat man, who now has all the details of Shandor’s plans, threatens to go to the police, and Shandor poisons him. It’s scary, bu t… As Shandor escapes, we see that we’re in the Sedgewick Hotel, and that the guy we just saw die … is Slimer. Cue theme. Show title.
Landis continued with his pitch, which would have involved the Ghostbusters becoming a worldwide franchise, albeit a bankrupt one. Only Ray Stantz remained of the original team; Egon died, Winston retired rich and Venkman lived on an island somewhere. In an attempt to recapture their former glory, a rogue team of Ghostbusters summons “a minor ghost” that turns out to be Gozer. A “hero team” of newbie Ghostbusters is forced to step in to stop Gozer and the “Michael Bay”-inspired “bad team.”
It’s an interesting take on the concept, but not one that we’re likely to ever see on the big screen. Still, Ghostbusters 3 remains a priority for Sony and Columbia Pictures. Expect more news on the sequel in the coming weeks and months.