Columbia Pictures has hired Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnisky to pen the sequel. Eisenberg and Stupnisky are currently writer/producers on the U.S version of The Office, and have also written the upcoming Ramis-directed comedy Year One.
Rumours of a 3rd installment have been circulating since, oh, 1989. Originally it was believed that a pre-existing script for the film had been used for the upcoming Ghostbusters video game. Then, back in February we mentioned the possibility of a 3D animated movie. Last month came the big rumour: the script had been written, and it focused on the next-generation of Ghostbusters, consisting of none other than The 40-Year-Old Virgin crew (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco).
They ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
As incredibly awesome as the latter scenario sounded, in no way could it have been true. Or so we thought. Ramis has confirmed that the new storyline will follow the OG’s (Original Ghostbusters: Akyroyd, Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson) AS WELL as a foursome of newbies. Not only that, Ramis confirmed that Columbia (who funded the Judd Apatow produced Superbad and Pineapple Express) would be looking at the immense Apatow talent pool when casting the new Ghostbusters.
This is outragously good news.
Remember though: The film has not been greenlit, nor have any castmembers signed on. Obviously Eisenberg and Stupinsky being hired to write the film is a pretty big sign of the film’s likelihood. However, Bill Murray has been notoriously difficult to agree to another sequel since the second film 20 years ago. And lets face it, without Venkman, the movie would be kind-of lame.
So, everyone cross your fingers, and toes, and anything else on your body capable of such a thing, and we’ll keep you updated as the news arrives.
P.S – If you’re desperate for some Ghostbusters, check out Jack Black and Mos Def’s sweded version in Be Kind Rewind. “When you’re walking down the street, and you see a little ghost…”