Columbia orders GB3 script, but greenlight a long way off.

NOTE: Aykroyd is on camera saying that “purportedly” two script writers are working on a GB3 script. Variety, which one would assume has excellent industry contacts, echos Aykroyd’s comments, but says that Columbia is refusing comment, and they give no hint of where they got their info, so while interesting, this is still considered unofficial.

To all of you that sent in the links, thanks – I can’t thank you all, as it would take me all day just to compile that list, but I appreciate it. Same goes to all of you that sent in the Aykroyd video clip. And those of you that posted it in random comments, please don’t do that.

Basically, over the weekend, Dan Aykroyd was ambushed by E! at one of his Patron appearances and asked about Ghostbusters 3. Always one to talk up the possibilities of a third installment, Dan dropped a few tantalizing tidbits, and expressed his interest in possibly working with some of today’s young comedy stars (most likely due to the recent, pie-in-the-sky rumours that various mixed and matched members of Judd Apatow’s stable would star.)

Anyhow, just when you thought that was our yearly tease by Dan, Variety magazine has reported that Columbia Pictures has commissioned a Ghostbusters 3 script from the writer/producers of the US version of The Office, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky currently have ties to Harold Ramis, having worked on a script for him.

This is exciting stuff, but is far from a sure thing. Variety reports that currently there is no solution to the gross percentages the principles are entitled to, something which has hampered such a deal in the past. Basically Sony limits gross percentages to 25%, whereas the percentages contracted to the Ghostbusters principles made prior to Sony acquiring Columbia, exceed that amount. Plus, hey, isn’t Dan on the outs with Columbia over Ghostbusters? Are they pals again, now that Columbia is taking baby-steps to get it rolling?

There’s a fine line between not getting a sequel and someone writing a script for a sequel, and someone sneezing at Sony could knock everything back into the not-getting-made catagory, but hey, this is the first REAL steps towards a sequel since it was announced, oh so many years ago, that Ramis and Aykroyd had created a first draft for a third movie.

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