It's been talked about a lot in the past 20 years, but a third Ghostbusters movie has always seemed like a pipe dream, given Bill Murray's lack of interest, and his co-stars' unwillingness to, well... deal with Bill Murray. But with a major video game release and a new line of toys tantalizing fans, original director Ivan Reitman has signed on to direct the third installment next year, for release in 2012. With a script that features new and old Ghostbusters, as well as Dana Barrett's son Oscar, this could be a fan's dream come true... or another disaster from the director of Evolution and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. We don't know exactly what's in the script, but here's what we need to see in order for the busting to make us feel good.
Yesterday, a story on Bloody-Disgusting.com revealed new insider-supplied details about the long-gestating third Ghostbusters movie, specifically that Dana Barrett's son Oscar is actually Peter Venkman's illegitimate son, as well, and therefore the rightful leader of a new generation of Ghostbusters (which is a retcon we can get behind). Of course, we're taking all of this with a grain of salt, since, as you can see when you look at BD's long history of Ghostbusters 3 articles, these updates have been coming for years, and they have yet to pan out. Bill Murray has been connected and disconnected from the project, Venkman has been made a ghost, Rick Moranis is supposed to come out of retirement... mass hysteria! To save us all a little time and trouble, we thought we'd just present the next dozen or so breaking news items about the production before they happen, so you know exactly when to start getting excited. (Don't hold your breath.)
Bill Murray still loves the ladies. While promoting City of Ember, the comedian told MTV that he was pulling for one of today's "funny girls" to join the squad in the new film, currently being penned by two writers from The Office. As long as the movie gets made, I don't care if one of the new 'Busters is an orangutan named Clyde, but a female proton packer would be a good idea. (For proof, look at Janine Melnitz in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.) Sadly, it doesn't sound like Murray will be involved, but the fact that he's thinking about the movie at all is great.
Are you plagued by specters, spooks or phantoms? Do you have a strange and penetrating belief in the paranormal? Do you own an old firehouse with a perfectly good garage, and nothing to put in it? Well, whip out a check or money order and remove the spending limits on your Paypal account, because one of the three original Ecto-1 Ghostbusters cars is up for auction on eBay Motors. Of course, this one never appeared on the big screen, and was instead made specifically for people to take their picture with at the Universal Studios theme park, but from a distance, who can tell? The bidding is already over $45,000 with three days left, and you'll have to pick it up yourself in Tennessee or pay somebody to deliver it, but isn't 60-70 grand a small price to pay for a piece of history? ...Well, you know, film history? ...Okay, theme park history?
Two months ago, some diehard fans of the original Ghostbusters movies had mixed emotions -- relief that a third installment with younger replacement characters turned out to be just a rumor, but sadness that it looked like there'd be nothing strange in the neighborhood any time soon. Well, much like a slimy green ghost with an insatiable appetite, you can't keep nostalgia or a good money-maker down for long. Variety reports that "Columbia Pictures is getting serious about scaring up a new installment of its blockbuster Ghostbuster franchise."
Starting with 1960's The Magnificent Seven (a remake of The Seven Samurai) and culminating in the recent spate of adaptations of Japanese and Korean horror movies, Hollywood has often looked to Asia for new ideas. But rarely do we see it go the other way -- at least, not in any sort of official capacity. But Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the new film from acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), and it's a remake of the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple.
It's almost here. Because you all were begging for it. The return of Renee Zellwegger in yet another sequel to 2001's Bridget Jones' Diary. Apparently, they're going to base the third installment on a series of columns author Helen Fielding wrote about Bridget trying to have a child in her 40s, and production will start later this year. Unfortunately, we're kind of over Ms. Jones at this point, after her last wacky and unnecessary adventure brought her antics to the edge of reasonableness. Sure, it'll probably make money, but it seems like that's really the only reason they're making it. (Well, that and actually giving Zellwegger something to do.) And it's not the first sequel that should never have existed. We won't go so far as to say that all sequels are a bad idea, but a good number of them are, and many of them involve Vin Diesel somehow. These are ten that we actively resent the existence of.