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Phil Lord and Chris Miller share why they aren't directing Ghostbusters 3

Jun. 10, 2014by: Alex Maidy

When we learned that directing duties for GHOSTBUSTERS 3 would be handled by someone other than Chris Miller and Phil Lord, a little bit of excitement I had left for the forever in development sequel went out of me. Lord and Miller have proven they have a great sense of humor with the CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS films, the meta-referential 21 and 22 JUMP STREET, and the brilliantly unique THE LEGO MOVIE. The rationale at that time was they wanted to keep their options open, but now we have a more specific reason for their passing.

In an interview with ScreenCrush, the directors were asked why they passed on the project.

Right now, were just super tired and we want to take a break. Were doing a TV show with Will Forte. So, we dont really know what were gonna do next, we just know we cant jump into another movie like that right away.

At this time, the duo do not have another directorial project lined up. Both sequels to CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and THE LEGO MOVIE are being delegated to other filmmakers while Lord and Miller produce. GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is being lined up to begin production sooner rather than later, so the guys may be honestly not ready to direct something if they cannot give it their all.

But, do they think it is even feasible to make a GHOSTBUSTERS 3 this long after the original films and without the original cast?

I think that theres a good GHOSTBUSTERS movie out there. Its such a fun franchise. Obviously, we dont have the same attitude as people who hate stuff before its even made. Its a fun idea and its a fun world and I think it will work.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is a movie that everyone wants in theory but most of the comments online seem to be to the contrary. There is room for making a good movie using the same story and model, but maybe a direct sequel is not the best idea. I hate to say it, but maybe a reboot is the way to go. I guess it all comes down to writers, directors, and cast, of which we have none.

Source: ScreenCrush

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2:19AM on 06/11/2014
I don't mind if we don't get another Ghostbusters movie, though I wish we would get one. The closest to the new Ghostbusters movie is that 2009 game from Atari which is THE definitive Ghostbusters game. I feel like I was watching the movie and be the hero of the movie at the same time. It was Superb.
I don't mind if we don't get another Ghostbusters movie, though I wish we would get one. The closest to the new Ghostbusters movie is that 2009 game from Atari which is THE definitive Ghostbusters game. I feel like I was watching the movie and be the hero of the movie at the same time. It was Superb.
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11:31PM on 06/10/2014
It'll never happen, but Sony should hire the show runners of Extreme Ghostbusters to make the third movie. It's basically the same idea (new younger team, original member acting as mentor) and they made it work incredibly well while reaining the spirit of the franchise. The show was one of the best cartoons of the late 90s, on par with Batman Beyond (and a similar, but far from exact, idea). I wish they'd release that damn thing on DVD!
It'll never happen, but Sony should hire the show runners of Extreme Ghostbusters to make the third movie. It's basically the same idea (new younger team, original member acting as mentor) and they made it work incredibly well while reaining the spirit of the franchise. The show was one of the best cartoons of the late 90s, on par with Batman Beyond (and a similar, but far from exact, idea). I wish they'd release that damn thing on DVD!
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8:46PM on 06/10/2014
Do a new animated series.
Do a new animated series.
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8:41PM on 06/10/2014
I remember the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon show fondly, as well as the Ghostbusters video game where all of the actors reprised their roles. It is a fun concept and at this point I wouldn't mind if they do a reboot or a sequel with new actors replacing the old team. I just want a good Ghostbusters movie.
I remember the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon show fondly, as well as the Ghostbusters video game where all of the actors reprised their roles. It is a fun concept and at this point I wouldn't mind if they do a reboot or a sequel with new actors replacing the old team. I just want a good Ghostbusters movie.
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7:30PM on 06/10/2014
OK here is a case when I think a reboot can be a good idea. C'on! Ghostbusters "3"?? like 25 years later... without Ramis... no way! Ghostbusters is the kind of movie that you can make many times withour remaking the original story, just find a good new cast, with some cameos and do that. I enjoyed both GBT films, but I don't have any interest to see an Expendables version of the Ghostbusters.
OK here is a case when I think a reboot can be a good idea. C'on! Ghostbusters "3"?? like 25 years later... without Ramis... no way! Ghostbusters is the kind of movie that you can make many times withour remaking the original story, just find a good new cast, with some cameos and do that. I enjoyed both GBT films, but I don't have any interest to see an Expendables version of the Ghostbusters.
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7:19PM on 06/10/2014

This made my day

Rock on, way to point out all the negativity that surrounds this project just because fan rage online. I still can not believe people are calling for this to be canceled and just have a reboot instead. Because I want to see pretty much the exact same story for two hours that I have lived with for 30 years. I mean wasn't GB II pretty much a rewrite of the first? Watch it and really pay attention. No thanks. This is a relaunch, has no one been paying any attention since the 90s? They know
Rock on, way to point out all the negativity that surrounds this project just because fan rage online. I still can not believe people are calling for this to be canceled and just have a reboot instead. Because I want to see pretty much the exact same story for two hours that I have lived with for 30 years. I mean wasn't GB II pretty much a rewrite of the first? Watch it and really pay attention. No thanks. This is a relaunch, has no one been paying any attention since the 90s? They know they are too old to do this and now they are trying to be background characters to launch an amazing world for a new generation. Oh and one last thing. I am calling it now. Bill will be in the movie in some form or fashion. I'm willing to put money on it. People seem to forget how he likes to screw with fans..
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6:38PM on 06/10/2014
You can't do a Ghostbusters 3 without half the cast. In this case, Murray and Ramis (RIP). It was one thing not to have Murray in it, but to not have Murray AND Ramis is just beyond dumb.
You can't do a Ghostbusters 3 without half the cast. In this case, Murray and Ramis (RIP). It was one thing not to have Murray in it, but to not have Murray AND Ramis is just beyond dumb.
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9:08PM on 06/10/2014
They can add ramis's image as a ghost.... Like they thought about doing that with Murray's character but he shot that down too! In ways I totally agree with you, and in ways I still want a new ghost busters film. I'm sure I'd get rocks thrown at me for saying this, or maybe not, but I think seth Rogen/even Goldberg would do a great ghostbusters film! And since they have such a good relationship with Sony maybe SONY would ask them to do this for them since they've done so much for Rogens films.
They can add ramis's image as a ghost.... Like they thought about doing that with Murray's character but he shot that down too! In ways I totally agree with you, and in ways I still want a new ghost busters film. I'm sure I'd get rocks thrown at me for saying this, or maybe not, but I think seth Rogen/even Goldberg would do a great ghostbusters film! And since they have such a good relationship with Sony maybe SONY would ask them to do this for them since they've done so much for Rogens films.
5:45PM on 06/10/2014
Well, in theory I can agree that out there, somewhere, there could be a great Ghostbusters movie. I have less faith that we're going to actually end up with that, especially with half the team gone. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are among the directors that could pull off the sort of whimsical fun we associate with Ghostbusters, but I doubt even they would've made the movie fans wanted.
Well, in theory I can agree that out there, somewhere, there could be a great Ghostbusters movie. I have less faith that we're going to actually end up with that, especially with half the team gone. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are among the directors that could pull off the sort of whimsical fun we associate with Ghostbusters, but I doubt even they would've made the movie fans wanted.
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5:01PM on 06/10/2014
As a huge Ghostbusters fan I've just gotta say how much I loved that video game. It really captured the spirit of what made the franchise work and it was great to have the original guys back in business again. I don't know if a third movie could do that as well.
As a huge Ghostbusters fan I've just gotta say how much I loved that video game. It really captured the spirit of what made the franchise work and it was great to have the original guys back in business again. I don't know if a third movie could do that as well.
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6:06PM on 06/10/2014
One of the best movie to game adaptations ever in my opinion!
One of the best movie to game adaptations ever in my opinion!
2:20AM on 06/11/2014
That is THE definitive Ghostbusters game and let's not mention that Ghostbusters: Chamber of Slime game.
That is THE definitive Ghostbusters game and let's not mention that Ghostbusters: Chamber of Slime game.
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