There’s Something Highly Unlikely in the Neighborhood


You’re probably going to see a lot of articles on the nerdosphere today about how “Ghostbusters 3 is scheduled to shoot next summer!” and I just wanted to take a moment to explain why we’re really in no more danger of getting Ghostbusters 3 than we have been for the last decade. The “news” comes from an article on Deadline, which says in effect “Ivan Reitman is not directing such-and-such movie now, because he’s expected to start filming Ghostbusters 3 next summer and he wouldn’t have enough time.” It’s not a GB3 announcement, it’s a small detail in an article about Reitman and another movie.

The first reason why this doesn’t matter: Because Reitman and Paramount (and Aykroyd and Ramis, for that matter) have been expecting to start filming Ghostbusters 3 at pretty much any moment over the last 10 years. Of course Reitman and Paramount think they’re going to shoot GB3 next summer. Why wouldn’t they?
Because, among other reasons, no one agrees on what the hell they’re doing, which is an important thing to decide upon before spending $100 million. The Deadline article indicates Reitman is straight up making Ghostbuster 3, without Bill Murray in any capacity. But less than a month ago, Reitman said it was going to be a remake. The last we heard from Dan Aykyroyd it was going to be another sequel. And the last we heard from Murray, he said he was on board. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE FUCK THEY’RE DOING. I submit to you that is a problem.
Plus, I’ve come to realize every time Ghostbusters 3 (or a remake) gets even close to happened, that’s when Bill Murray suddenly shows up and says “Maybe I’d like to be a part of it.” This derails the current project as everyone starts from scratch to create a script that includes Murray and keeps him happy… and after a great deal of time and effort, Murray suddenly backs out again and Reitman and Aykroyd have to start all over. I’m 99% sure Murray is doing this on purpose at this point, just to spare the world the horror of a Ghostbusters 3. He’s probably a hero, in all honesty.