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Ivan Reitman talks status of Ghostbusters 3, has met with Paul Feig

08.18.2014by: Kevin Woods
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Over the past several months there have been many rumors flying around about the status of GHOSTBUSTERS 3, ranging from supposed plot details and casting to possible directors, and now Ivan Reitman has spoken out about where the project stands, discussing the status of the long-awaited sequel/reboot, and reveals he has met with Paul Feig to discuss the director’s female-centric vision for the franchise.

Earlier this month we learned that BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT director Paul Feig was in talks to helm a 'female-centric' GHOSTBUSTERS film. Speaking with Collider, Reitman revealed that he has been talking with Feig and confirms that they have discussed taking the franchise in a new direction with a stronger female presence, sharing...

“On the drafts that I’ve been supervising, there’s always been a very important female presence. It’s nice to know that Paul is interested in the same thing. I met with him because I’ll be producing whatever the new Ghostbusters is.” 

Reitman goes on to share...

“The studio is very interested in it, and certainly Aykroyd and I, and the late Harold Ramis until he passed away. We’ll see. I don’t like talking about it because this thing has been in such flux for so long that people, particularly online, are annoyed about it, and that’s not anybody’s desire or hidden plan.”

As to that ongoing delay, Reitman suggests that the initial sticking point can be traced back to Bill Murray's reluctance to be involved, a rumor which we've covered in the past. Says Reitman...

“I think we were initially slowed down by Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved. Not that that’s all that surprising. He’s somewhat reluctant about most things. I think that affected the timing of things, to a great extent.”

“We all wanted him back, at the centre of it, as well. But I think there’s still a great story in Ghostbusters and a great conceit about it that has held true, for all these years. And I think there’s a great movie to be made, with a new cast, as well.”

Reitman also shares the reason he won't be directing the next GHOSTBUSTERS film, opting to produce instead. Reitman explains what made him interested in seeing the franchise continue, stating...

Just a really good, cool idea that I think would work, that audiences would want to see, and that’s a little different than things before, but that I don’t necessarily have to do, as a director.  That’s finally what led me to back away from doing another Ghostbusters.  I had done two others, and it would have been without Bill or Harold.  I certainly would have done it with the original cast version.  That’s the script that I was working on.  But it was clear that I didn’t have half the cast anymore, so I thought, “Well, I’ll produce this next one and make sure that the spirit is true to the originals.  But, I’ll let somebody bring some fresh ideas to it.”  That’s what it’s going to need.

I'm interested in seeing what direction a new GHOSTBUSTERS film will head into. We'll keep you posted on news regarding the film as we hear it.

Extra Tidbit: How do you feel about a 'female-centric' GHOSTBUSTERS film? Do you think Paul Feig is the right choice to helm?
Source: Collider

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12:15AM on 08/19/2014

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My concern with Feig is him allowing slapstick to overtake the premise. I enjoyed Bridesmaids and like Melissa McCarthy, but her bull in a china shop routine is stale. She is way more talented than she lets on and needs to tread carefully before she is forever pigeonholed. I know that having Feig direct doesn't automatically mean she will be in the movie, but there is a good possibility. Feig needs to let the comedy come naturally and not shoehorn in pratfalls and kicks in the nuts just because
My concern with Feig is him allowing slapstick to overtake the premise. I enjoyed Bridesmaids and like Melissa McCarthy, but her bull in a china shop routine is stale. She is way more talented than she lets on and needs to tread carefully before she is forever pigeonholed. I know that having Feig direct doesn't automatically mean she will be in the movie, but there is a good possibility. Feig needs to let the comedy come naturally and not shoehorn in pratfalls and kicks in the nuts just because he thinks that is what people want to see. I honestly think that with the loss of Ramis and Murray being Murray it would be better to forget it all together but if they are going to do it anyway don't forget what made the 2 before it iconic. They were smart comedies where much of the humor was verbal and smart and not physical schtick.
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9:22AM on 08/18/2014
I don't know what to think about the new movie anymore. If it happens, great. Regarding the all-female team, if done right, it would have the same dynamic as the original team. If done wrong, it could go downhill.
I don't know what to think about the new movie anymore. If it happens, great. Regarding the all-female team, if done right, it would have the same dynamic as the original team. If done wrong, it could go downhill.
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