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03.26.2015

Max Landis is a divisive character in Hollywood. Those in the industry either love him or hate his guts, a sentiment shared by the Internet. But, Landis is also not shy about his opinions or his projects. Last year, we shared his batshit crazy screenplay for a Super Mario Bros movie and now the screenwriter is back with another movie plot/fan fiction.

In the wake of the GHOSTBUSTERS reboot(s), Landis has shared his treatment for a GHOSTBUSTERS III that would properly close the original pair of films with a fitting trilogy capper. He offered this intro to the pretty lengthy synopsis.

Seeing as it appears the new Ghostbusters franchise will be moving away from the previous films, and be a complete reboot, I thought it would be fun to release an idea I’d been kicking around for a third movie, turning the first two into a trilogy. Following my own beliefs about trilogies, it is a completion of the cycle and themes started in the first film, updated for modern film standards. As such, it features a heightening of the first film’s threat, as well as multiple action sequences, and deeper emotional through-lines for the characters.

You can head to his website to read the full treatment but it flashes back to 1920s while primarily taking place in 2016. It pulls together the original cast, something we unfortunately cannot have since the passing of Harold Ramis, but is a pretty faithful take on where GHOSTBUSTERS III could have gone.

It also incorporates a West Coast team of Ghostbusters in L.A. which could have been the new generation we had heard rumors of for a long time. Theoretically, this could work for the non-female GHOSTBUSTERS that is in development, but there are also a lot of negatives in this idea, namely the overly complex setup that would take way more than a single film to tell. But, more GHOSTBUSTERS is good, right?

Check out the treatment and let us know your take below.

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10:46AM on 03/27/2015
This is pretty much his claim to fame in Hollywood (aside from being the son of a famous filmmaker). Aside from Chronicle, I can't think of anything this guy has ever had produced. He only ever seems to come up in the media to comment on other people's work and/or release his own fan fiction/test screenplays for other people's work. Case in point: this Ghostbusters script and also his Super Mario Bros. script. Instead of just talking about how great they are, why not put his money where
This is pretty much his claim to fame in Hollywood (aside from being the son of a famous filmmaker). Aside from Chronicle, I can't think of anything this guy has ever had produced. He only ever seems to come up in the media to comment on other people's work and/or release his own fan fiction/test screenplays for other people's work. Case in point: this Ghostbusters script and also his Super Mario Bros. script. Instead of just talking about how great they are, why not put his money where his mouth is and pound the pavement to get these scripts produced. What a hack!
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9:41AM on 03/27/2015

The amount of hate is astounding

I like Max Landis. He seems to really understand what fanboys want and he delves into his characters a lot more than most directors/writers nowadays. Now if he would actually work on something rather than talk about it, we could see if he can put his money where his mouth is.
I like Max Landis. He seems to really understand what fanboys want and he delves into his characters a lot more than most directors/writers nowadays. Now if he would actually work on something rather than talk about it, we could see if he can put his money where his mouth is.
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1:13AM on 03/27/2015
Might be the year opinion changes on him, everything hes worked on sounds interesting
Might be the year opinion changes on him, everything hes worked on sounds interesting
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11:21PM on 03/26/2015
I would call this guy a hack, but he hasn't done anything much. I think a little bit of max landis goes a looooooong way. Oh, and his dad is cooler than he is.
I would call this guy a hack, but he hasn't done anything much. I think a little bit of max landis goes a looooooong way. Oh, and his dad is cooler than he is.
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8:57PM on 03/26/2015
Why doesn't this asshole just work on stuff that's actually going to get released. Anybody can come up with this type of shit.
Why doesn't this asshole just work on stuff that's actually going to get released. Anybody can come up with this type of shit.
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7:43PM on 03/26/2015
Looks like the closest we could get to Ghostbusters 3 is that 2009 Atari video game.
Looks like the closest we could get to Ghostbusters 3 is that 2009 Atari video game.
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7:09PM on 03/26/2015
Max Landis is just a run-of-the-mill, hyperactive fanboy who only gets attention because of his famous father. None of his ideas are anything original that couldn't have been thought up by fans and writers more clever than himself. The only reason his fanfictions rise above the rest is because he has one movie from 3 years ago and a popular YouTube video to his credit. Maybe Mr. "I've Written Over 100 Screenplays!" should do something original instead of promoting himself as the self-proclaimed
Max Landis is just a run-of-the-mill, hyperactive fanboy who only gets attention because of his famous father. None of his ideas are anything original that couldn't have been thought up by fans and writers more clever than himself. The only reason his fanfictions rise above the rest is because he has one movie from 3 years ago and a popular YouTube video to his credit. Maybe Mr. "I've Written Over 100 Screenplays!" should do something original instead of promoting himself as the self-proclaimed perfecter of ideas he thinks he is.
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9:38AM on 03/27/2015
While I agree with you that he needs to actually do more projects than talk about them, in terms of "run-of-the-mill, hyperactive fanboy" I consider him leagues above say Kevin Smith or Guillermo del Toro. The latter two have actually completed more than one project, but fail to realize what true fans actually want.
While I agree with you that he needs to actually do more projects than talk about them, in terms of "run-of-the-mill, hyperactive fanboy" I consider him leagues above say Kevin Smith or Guillermo del Toro. The latter two have actually completed more than one project, but fail to realize what true fans actually want.
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6:22PM on 03/26/2015
I guess im not as up to date as i thought: Why do people hate Landis?? Is he a prick son of a famous person and feels entitled because of it? (Like a Jaden Smith)
I guess im not as up to date as i thought: Why do people hate Landis?? Is he a prick son of a famous person and feels entitled because of it? (Like a Jaden Smith)
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7:02PM on 03/26/2015
He may be a prick, but he's a talented prick. He wrote CHRONICLE, which was a fine spin on superhero and found footage movies. I rewatched it recently with some friends who had never seen it before and they gave it serious props for going in unexpected directions.
He may be a prick, but he's a talented prick. He wrote CHRONICLE, which was a fine spin on superhero and found footage movies. I rewatched it recently with some friends who had never seen it before and they gave it serious props for going in unexpected directions.
7:18AM on 03/27/2015
He's the son of director John Landis.
He's the son of director John Landis.
5:55PM on 03/26/2015
I've never seen anything he's done, nor read anything, but based on a few interviews and podcasts guest spots, I can safely say that he is an insufferable human being
I've never seen anything he's done, nor read anything, but based on a few interviews and podcasts guest spots, I can safely say that he is an insufferable human being
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5:52PM on 03/26/2015
Max Landis? No, thanks. The kid comes across like an utter dick.
Max Landis? No, thanks. The kid comes across like an utter dick.
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5:43PM on 03/26/2015
Say what you want about the man, his dissection of the Death and Return of Superman is top-notch and to the point:
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Say what you want about the man, his dissection of the Death and Return of Superman is top-notch and to the point:
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6:00PM on 03/26/2015
Nah, I loved Death and Return of Superman.
Nah, I loved Death and Return of Superman.
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