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Did Ivan Reitman reveal that Ghostbusters 3 is actually a remake?

Sep. 25, 2012by: Alex Maidy

GHOSTBUSTERS III is one of the biggest inducers of blue balls for movie lovers. We keep getting hope that it will happen and then right when things look good, it collapses under itself. Most recently, we were told by Dan Akyroyd that a new screenplay had been commissioned and things were looking good. By good, he means as good as a GHOSTBUSTERS movie could be without Bill Murray involved.

The latest news for GHOSTBUSTERS comes courtesy of an interview with Ivan Reitman over at Collider. Reitman was asked about his involvement with the GHOSTBUSTERS sequel as well as the TWINS sequel:

Well, I’d like to go forward and make new things. I think GHOSTBUSTERS probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see. With TRIPLETS, I’m quite nervous about it. I think it’s somebody’s commercial idea, and usually that’s a scary thought. There’s no writer, and there’s no idea yet. I think that was more of a press release than anything else.

Neither sounds like a ringing endorsement. But, his GHOSTBUSTERS comment does raise some questions. Is he no longer involved with the third movie or is he saying they should scrap the sequel and go back and start over with the same plot?

I would not be against a full reboot as long as Reitman, Ramis, and Aykroyd had some sort of producer input on the project. You could do away with trying to follow the first two films and just have a clean slate. Granted, I doubt most fans would give it the time of day, but it could go the way of JJ Abrams STAR TREK and actually have a nice identity that is distinct from the source while also being respectful of it/

What do you think: reboot or sequel for GHOSTBUSTERS?

Extra Tidbit: I am intentionally not acknowledging Reitman's involvement or comments on TRIPLETS. What an abomination.
Source: Collider

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11:27PM on 09/27/2012

Enough !

I do not understand why there has been such hold up on a Third Ghostbusters movie. Clearly there has been massive interest from fans, etc. I know in the past Bill Murray didnt want to be involved due to a poor script and he didnt like the way the sequel had turned out.
I would really enjoy seeing a new movie, but at the same time, if its been so difficult to get a third one made, then stop the whole project and move on.
A possible REMAKE should not be done...why? It would take away from
I do not understand why there has been such hold up on a Third Ghostbusters movie. Clearly there has been massive interest from fans, etc. I know in the past Bill Murray didnt want to be involved due to a poor script and he didnt like the way the sequel had turned out.
I would really enjoy seeing a new movie, but at the same time, if its been so difficult to get a third one made, then stop the whole project and move on.
A possible REMAKE should not be done...why? It would take away from the awesomeness of the first movie, specially if possible new actors dont have the magic that Dan Akyroyd, Bill Murray, Erin Hudso and Ramis had.
My advice...Make an awesome Third movie...only if all the orginial actors are there and if Bill Murray says no, then (maybe) work around it.
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7:05PM on 09/26/2012
As much as I hate to say it, if Bill is not onboard and they can't seem to figure out where to go with a third maybe it's better to reboot. If it is rebooted they HAVE to get a GREAT director, a GREAT story, and a GREAT cast! This whole back and forth with this movie just makes me sad!
As much as I hate to say it, if Bill is not onboard and they can't seem to figure out where to go with a third maybe it's better to reboot. If it is rebooted they HAVE to get a GREAT director, a GREAT story, and a GREAT cast! This whole back and forth with this movie just makes me sad!
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8:53AM on 09/26/2012

JUST STOP PLEASE!!

Ghostbusters may very well be my favorite movie of all-time, but I've stopped caring about the prospects of a 3rd film. Just take the idea behind the barn and put it out of its misery.
Ghostbusters may very well be my favorite movie of all-time, but I've stopped caring about the prospects of a 3rd film. Just take the idea behind the barn and put it out of its misery.
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11:13PM on 09/25/2012
Growing up I was a fan of both Ghostbusters the movie AND The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. For me the characters, the premise and the theme song are better than any one actor (cough Bill Murray cough) so if this means we can finally get a new Ghostbusters movie without them doing anything to the originals and starting fresh then I'm all for it. The only thing that worries me is having Ivan Reitman still on board as the director. I liked the guy back in the day but if there was ever someone who
Growing up I was a fan of both Ghostbusters the movie AND The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. For me the characters, the premise and the theme song are better than any one actor (cough Bill Murray cough) so if this means we can finally get a new Ghostbusters movie without them doing anything to the originals and starting fresh then I'm all for it. The only thing that worries me is having Ivan Reitman still on board as the director. I liked the guy back in the day but if there was ever someone who belongs in movie jail it's him. Either way, I say godspeed new Ghostbusters franchise, can't way to hear that Ray Parker Jr classic in 5.1 audio!
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10:57PM on 09/25/2012
Wasn't there an idea a while back about continuing Ghostbusters without the main guys by having the story be that the original Ghostbusters are killed when the world gets sucked down into Hell, and a new group of people use the Ghostbuster's gear to fight back? Honestly, that idea is sounding better and better everyday, rather than the crap that keeps being burped up in these media releases.
Wasn't there an idea a while back about continuing Ghostbusters without the main guys by having the story be that the original Ghostbusters are killed when the world gets sucked down into Hell, and a new group of people use the Ghostbuster's gear to fight back? Honestly, that idea is sounding better and better everyday, rather than the crap that keeps being burped up in these media releases.
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8:58PM on 09/25/2012
I'll hold my judgment for now as I really want to see another Ghostbusters movie on the big screen.
I'll hold my judgment for now as I really want to see another Ghostbusters movie on the big screen.
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8:18PM on 09/25/2012

Don't Care, just hurry up!

At this point, I could care less if it's a remake, reboot, sequel, prequel, adopted twice removed. I just want to see Ghostbusters done faithfully with today's graphics.
The Ghostbuster Video Game was the 3rd movie for me, as I don't see how they can top destroying the Architect of Ghost World.
Just hurry up with this franchise.
At this point, I could care less if it's a remake, reboot, sequel, prequel, adopted twice removed. I just want to see Ghostbusters done faithfully with today's graphics.
The Ghostbuster Video Game was the 3rd movie for me, as I don't see how they can top destroying the Architect of Ghost World.
Just hurry up with this franchise.
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7:27PM on 09/25/2012
Please tell me its April 1st. Please.
Please tell me its April 1st. Please.
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6:06PM on 09/25/2012

My idea.

Let the threequel go and make some more licensed incredible continuity based video games (much like the 2009 one) OR carry the series on in mature animation form. Full likenesses and voice-overs, either a movie or a smaller story driven series. I feel both of these ideas would get Bill Murray involved in voice over work with far more enthusiasm than a live action movie would, also an added bonus in that the characters don't have to age, it could still be the early nineties in the
Let the threequel go and make some more licensed incredible continuity based video games (much like the 2009 one) OR carry the series on in mature animation form. Full likenesses and voice-overs, either a movie or a smaller story driven series. I feel both of these ideas would get Bill Murray involved in voice over work with far more enthusiasm than a live action movie would, also an added bonus in that the characters don't have to age, it could still be the early nineties in the continuity.
Until then IDW's comics are currently doing a fantastic job of shouldering the franchise.
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11:16PM on 09/25/2012
Not all of us want to play a video game.
Not all of us want to play a video game.
2:30PM on 09/26/2012
That's why I suggested an animated movie or contained continuity series...

(PS if you're a fan, you're massively missing out by not playing through the game)
That's why I suggested an animated movie or contained continuity series...

(PS if you're a fan, you're massively missing out by not playing through the game)
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5:09PM on 09/25/2012

Lame

Either make a sequel with all the original Ghostbusters and some new recruits, or let it the fuck go.
Either make a sequel with all the original Ghostbusters and some new recruits, or let it the fuck go.
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6:05PM on 09/25/2012
indeed, because who doesn't love belated sequels like Escape from Los Angeles, The Blues Brothers 2000, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls 4, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps etc
indeed, because who doesn't love belated sequels like Escape from Los Angeles, The Blues Brothers 2000, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls 4, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps etc
8:00PM on 09/25/2012
Actually Crystal Skull wasn't any worse than any of the other sequels to Raiders. It was mostly fun, plus it stopped douche bags from whining about Doom for 20 years.

There's always a chance that they could have a successful belated sequel ala Rambo. But the point is if they're going to do it, do it right, or not at all. And sans Murray, or a reboot, isn't right.
Actually Crystal Skull wasn't any worse than any of the other sequels to Raiders. It was mostly fun, plus it stopped douche bags from whining about Doom for 20 years.

There's always a chance that they could have a successful belated sequel ala Rambo. But the point is if they're going to do it, do it right, or not at all. And sans Murray, or a reboot, isn't right.
8:17PM on 09/25/2012
jjrakman, are you seriously saying that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wasn't good??? You sir should be smacked.
jjrakman, are you seriously saying that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade wasn't good??? You sir should be smacked.
9:49PM on 09/25/2012
I'm saying that neither Doom nor Crusade were as good as Raiders, but were both fun anyway. Just like Crystal Skull.
I'm saying that neither Doom nor Crusade were as good as Raiders, but were both fun anyway. Just like Crystal Skull.
4:52PM on 09/25/2012
booo. why don't we remake Casablanca next.
booo. why don't we remake Casablanca next.
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5:17PM on 09/25/2012
Good question.
Good question.
5:19PM on 09/25/2012
Yes, because Ghostbusters is on the same level as Casablanca. *eyeroll*
Yes, because Ghostbusters is on the same level as Casablanca. *eyeroll*
5:26PM on 09/25/2012
@Hoyle: because you don't remake movies that got it exactly right the first time.

@Darkelfa, are they not both classics? or do you have some kind of elf sliding scale for that?

why don't you roll your eyes up your ass with the rest of your head.
@Hoyle: because you don't remake movies that got it exactly right the first time.

@Darkelfa, are they not both classics? or do you have some kind of elf sliding scale for that?

why don't you roll your eyes up your ass with the rest of your head.
5:46PM on 09/25/2012
While both films are classics, I wouldn't try to compare Ghostbusters to Casablanca. That truly is comparing Apples to Oranges. And the harshness of your comment, HUNGLOWMAN, should get you banned.
While both films are classics, I wouldn't try to compare Ghostbusters to Casablanca. That truly is comparing Apples to Oranges. And the harshness of your comment, HUNGLOWMAN, should get you banned.
5:55PM on 09/25/2012
I didnt ask for his snarky response. he could have easily posted his own comment instead of eyerolling me. He could have left it at a thumbs down. Sorry i offended your delicate sensibilities.

my logic is this... Ghostbusters is a ten out of ten. Casablanca is a ten out of ten. there is no eleven. Therefore neither should be remade. Not sure how thats apples and oranges other than one being a comedy.
I didnt ask for his snarky response. he could have easily posted his own comment instead of eyerolling me. He could have left it at a thumbs down. Sorry i offended your delicate sensibilities.

my logic is this... Ghostbusters is a ten out of ten. Casablanca is a ten out of ten. there is no eleven. Therefore neither should be remade. Not sure how thats apples and oranges other than one being a comedy.
5:56PM on 09/25/2012
"why don't you roll your eyes up your ass with the rest of your head."

Classy
"why don't you roll your eyes up your ass with the rest of your head."

Classy
6:00PM on 09/25/2012
you'er too offended. i am convinced you are darkelfa's other username. bye
you'er too offended. i am convinced you are darkelfa's other username. bye
6:02PM on 09/25/2012
It wasn't snarky, it was realistic and indicative of the common overreaction to crap like this. It was on par to saying that Michael Bay's remake of TMNT raped your childhood.

How about this, I'll roll my eyes up my ass when you pull your head out of yours.
It wasn't snarky, it was realistic and indicative of the common overreaction to crap like this. It was on par to saying that Michael Bay's remake of TMNT raped your childhood.

How about this, I'll roll my eyes up my ass when you pull your head out of yours.
6:03PM on 09/25/2012
The Apples to Oranges comparison is over your head. I am sorry I won't use an analogy. Next time I'll dumb it down a bit......
The Apples to Oranges comparison is over your head. I am sorry I won't use an analogy. Next time I'll dumb it down a bit......
6:09PM on 09/25/2012
I actually don't get offended. But I did use to say crap that wasn't even close to what you said and was reported to Joblo. Just a heads up.
I actually don't get offended. But I did use to say crap that wasn't even close to what you said and was reported to Joblo. Just a heads up.
6:10PM on 09/25/2012
Maybe he's offended because your initial response to a simple case of eyerolling was to suggest I so something awful to myself.

For the record, I need no more than one account and have no more than one account, the same one I've had here for close to 7 years.
Maybe he's offended because your initial response to a simple case of eyerolling was to suggest I so something awful to myself.

For the record, I need no more than one account and have no more than one account, the same one I've had here for close to 7 years.
6:17PM on 09/25/2012
Nah, no offense taken. As much as I love this site, it is also full of Fanboys with narrow vision. I've learned which stories to comment on and which ones to avoid. The UnPopular Opinion of The Avengers was a mad house. Joblo got it there, pretty entertaining how bad Fanboys wanted to kill the writer.
Nah, no offense taken. As much as I love this site, it is also full of Fanboys with narrow vision. I've learned which stories to comment on and which ones to avoid. The UnPopular Opinion of The Avengers was a mad house. Joblo got it there, pretty entertaining how bad Fanboys wanted to kill the writer.
1:33AM on 09/26/2012
I haven't commented here in months but if getting pounced on by you haters is the welcome someone gets just for having a hyperbolic opinion then I gladly ban myself.

six more antagonistic comments after I sign off? And it's me who needs banning?
I haven't commented here in months but if getting pounced on by you haters is the welcome someone gets just for having a hyperbolic opinion then I gladly ban myself.

six more antagonistic comments after I sign off? And it's me who needs banning?