Reitman retains GB3 hope. Not a lot, but some.

While promoting his new movie, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Reitman was inevitably asked about GB3. His reply was not encouraging, but at least it shows that if the monumental hoops involved could be jumped through, he would look forward to the chance to work with the co-stars again.

[Dan Aykroyd] has written a draft of something, but I think there are some sort of technical problems that have basically frozen the rights. We’re trying to do something about it now, but who knows? What makes me nostalgic for ‘Ghostbusters’ is to work with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis; that was the joy of working on ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Ghostbusters II. They’ve become old friends. That’s what you miss. It’s not staging a marshmallow man walking down Columbus Circle; that’s a pain in the ass. It’s much better getting [the actors] all in a room and doing something funny.”

Don’t get too excited – this is essentially a confirmation of common knowledge – that the rights to Ghostbusters are extremely complicated. And with Aykroyd and Ramis not currently interested in pushing to clear matters up, the movie remains a big “maybe.” Still, it’s nice to know that Reitman still has some fondness for the franchise.

We’ll assume he’d like to work with Ernie Hudson again as well.

credit | Megan

Third Titan book ships early

Not slated for release until August 20th, Titan’s third collection of Marvel UK’s Real Ghostbusters reprints hit comic shops last week. So, if you were planning to pick it up, you might want to check your local store – even Amazon is still convinced it isn’t released.

GB Misc

A few quick notes – first off, the latest issue of Premiere magazine (July/August 2006) is the Comedy Issue. Besides a nice shot of Bill Murray, complete with nice commentary by Ivan Reitman, and besides a lot of Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis commentary on comedy (including working on movies such as Ghostbusters) and besides the whole issue being a good read for any fan of comedy, and despite Ghostbusters not making it into the oral history of comedy much (only so much space to talk about a lot of films), they did have a nicely prominant picture of Slimer, and Ghostbusters topped the list of ghostly comedies.

Wry Spirits – Ghostbusters, All Of Me, The Ghost Breakers, Topper, Beetlejuice

On an unrelated note, any fan of Dr. Who should keep an eye out for the second series episode, Army of Ghosts, which as you might expect, is ripe for a Ghostbusters reference – I don’t normally note GB references, but as a fan of Dr. Who, this one was nice. Thanks Gargoyle_223.