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A couple of things in the past week have come up to shed new light on the making of a third Ghostbusters film. The first, a minor comment by Harold Ramis, being interviewed about his part in a Chicago stage production, Celebrity Autobiographies (twitter follwers, you saw it on Friday) – was a throw away mostly, until GBFans met Dan Aykroyd at a recent Crystal Head signing. Together the reveal that the third film, in their minds, is not only something they’re pushing for, but something that is moving ahead – even if they don’t perfectly match up on details.

Here’s Harold on ABC 7;

“And what are you working on now?”

“Well, there’s been a lot of talk about a third Ghostbusters film, which has now become real.”

“Really?!”

“It’s… I can say with some certainty that there will be a third movie. It won’t be out until Christmas 2012, but the work is going on now.”

“You’ll be in it?”

“All the old guys will be back, we’ll introduce some new guys…”

“Egon comes back, huh?”

“Egon, yeah, yeah…”

The next day, GBFans spoke to Dan Aykroyd directly and while it wasn’t an in depth discussion, and his answer was probably something he gave out several times every day, Dan also had some details on the film;

Dan confided in Ghostbusters Fans about the future of Ghostbusters 3. He told our members that Ghostbusters 3 should start filming this Fall, presumably for a 2011 release.

The guess (made by GBFans, not Aykroyd, as it’s pointed out that might confuse some people) about 2011 isn’t outrageous – anything filmed in Fall should be ready for the Summer, if rushed, and Winter if not. It also depends on the scope of the film – how grand the effects, etc.

What we walk away with is two of the principles still talking about the movie getting made – one of them, Dan, always believes this, so even if we take his enthusiasm out, Harold comments are still very telling, particularly in that they a) feature a pushed back filming schedule (it’s hard to imagine anything filmed in the Fall would take 24 months to finish in post production) and b) you can see him, on the fly, deciding what comments to make. It’s very much the safe answer of someone that knows something is going ahead, but doesn’t want to be the guy that talks out of turn, and say anything official. Or say something is official and that one last I that needs dotting falls apart at the last minute. Watch the video and see what I mean.

One important thing to bear in mind is that a 2012 release, as per Ramis’ comments, leaves room for Reitman as director, instead of conflicting with his current film project.

So, Bill Murray’s recent comments aside (and please… if you read anywhere that Bill wants to write the script, he’s joking, and WENN remains a really, really bad news source) it looks like the film is still on the go. The question is has filming been pushed to this Fall? Next year? Release late 2011? Xmas 2012? And how odd to turn one of the first Summer blockbusters into a Christmas blockbuster.

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  1. I find it intriguing that Harold volunteered the GB3 info. In most cases, people directly ask him about it. This was his chance not even to say a peep about it, yet HE brought it up. Weird.

    Still, until there on set photos of stuff actually being filmed, I doubt I’ll buy into any of these “Boy Who Cried GB3″ reports from the cast, y’know?

  2. IMPORTANT: There is something that was overlooked, and it greatly affects your above article.

    “Dan confided in Ghostbusters Fans about the future of Ghostbusters 3. He told our members that Ghostbusters 3 should start filming this Fall, presumably for a 2011 release.

    The words “presumably for a 2011 release.” were NOT Dan’s words, those were the words of the author of the post on the gbfans site. Dan talked about GB3, and the author presumed a 2011 release, NOT Dan.

    Go to the source and check a few posts down. The author clarifies that he came up with 2011, not Dan.

  3. RESPONSE: Yeah, dude. I got that. That’s why it says, “The guess about 2011 isn’t outrageous.” It is awkward grammar that can be read either way, but I assumed it was GBFans’, not Dan – why would Dan guess?

    For anybody that didn’t have the same thought or follow along with me in my own write up, yes, let’s clarify Dan didn’t say presumably 2011, it doesn’t greatly alter my post at all, but I appreciate your concern.

    Even if it was Dan saying presumably 2011, just for the sake of argument, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s saying Fall filming and Harold’s saying it’ll be released two years later. It’s also why Harold’s comments are more interesting.

  4. Aykroyd also made a small GB3 comment on Larry King Live the other night. Saying something to the effect of it’s in the works. Larry wants to be in it. Maybe he can be a ghost instead of Murray.

  5. christmas 2012? well I hope for their sake the end of the world doesnt happen on 12/21/2012…

  6. December 21st, 2012 is a Friday. I can see Ghostbusters III at noon, then be home to watch existence cease by 2:45. It’s perfect.

  7. i live in Italy..so hopefully i’ll have more hours than you in USA to enjoy this movie ;-D

  8. what if the existence of a third GB is the cataclysmic event that sets off the end of world events? we must ban GB3 !!!

  9. I will just keep praying for it to be made!

  10. It would probably be a May 2012 release vs. a Winter 2011 release.

  11. Why doesn’t the plot of GB3 connect with 2012? Considering that both the first and second movie were about the end of the world, it would make sense for the 3rd to follow tradition.

    P.S. I doubt GB3 will get made.

  12. I want it to be made. So I can only pray but I’m not going to get my hopes up. The group of guys I hang out with agree with the verdict that it wont get made because of the problems just trying to get it green lighted.

  13. If it’s made I will read the reviews before deciding whether I go to see it.

    I for one am not going to give my money to the studio if they make a poor sequel. It just adds fuel to the fire of disappointing sequels. It gives studios the wrong message. It rewards studios for poor work and funds more substandard sequels.

    If Ghostbusters III is made I urge everyone to read the reviews first. Do not just blindly pay for your theatre ticket. If the makers make a bad job of this do not reward them.

  14. Believing GB3 will be made is like believing in the loch ness monster. We get bits of information and none of it first hand (the studio), we simply have to take these guys at their word and belief. Some of the players say they’ve seen the beast and it exists and some say it is bs.

  15. Where is our infamous “Patrick” now? Come on Patrick, chime in. For once there’s something more factual out there. How come you’re not all over this, using it to rewrite the past and make it look like you were accurately predicting this all along?

    All Patricking aside, kudos to both for reporting it and yes, it is more surprising that Ramis would confirm this. Definitely more validating.

  16. According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14th, in the year 2016.

  17. @ Matthew

    …so, you will be making your decision based on the judgement of the reviews? You may be on to something there…I think I’ll apply that logic before entering the afterlife. I’ll wait for a review. Yours is a water tight basis on which to make all decisions. You are definitely the brains of the PC outfit.

    P.S I have seen the beast. It was an Aberdeen Angus. And it was vacating it’s bowels.

  18. The day i find out there filming in NY im getting down there. I dont give a shit

  19. @ Hannibal. Ten out of ten for initiative Hannibal. You make my sides hurt. Who/what was your source?

    @ Bryan ‘Patricking’ I think I’ll add that to my lexicon with your permission Bryan. But ‘kudos’ is such a hyperbowl word. Is it an americanism adopted from greek? Creedence rolls better.

    Still, can you humour me and go definitive on ‘Patricking’?

  20. I think a 2012 plot would be ultra-predictable, ..not only that but to many it is not fantasy, and so depressing that they are tired of hearing about it. We’ve heard so much about 2012, ..2012 this..2012 that. It’s worn out and I know that if it becomes part of the 3rd film, I’ll walk out on the P.O.S. Screw’em. We come to the theatre to enjoy ourselves, not to watch something so close to reality.

  21. I will be my own critic! If it sucks I will only see it once. If it meets or exceeds my expectations I may see it 5-10 times! Long live Ghostbusters. They can never take my childhood! They can only capitalize on it!!! I have watched the original Ghostbusters more than any other movie and it has not changed. The plot stays the same, the lines are spoken the same way, it still makes me laugh and remember my childhood of busting ghosts in my basement. If GB3 sucks I will just put it on the back burner just like I did with Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters. Ghostbusters and the first 3-4 seasons of The Real Ghostbusters will always be close to my heart no matter sins of the past or future.

  22. @Buster Brad

    “I have watched the original Ghostbusters more than any other movie and it has not changed. The plot stays the same, the lines are spoken the same way…”

    I don’t mean to poke fun, but doesn’t that apply to every movie ever made, bar none. Film media was intended for this specific purpose. So you could play it back countless times. It would be highly amusing to hear the dialogue differed, or the camera panned in reverse, or the costumes changed colour each time you watched it.

    -saying that maybe you have access to the ‘directors cut’?

  23. Just taking the long way home!!! Some people make it seem like the original will lose its luster if GB3 isn’t up to par. They can’t change the magic of the original, but the Slimer mode on Blu-Ray is kick-a@$. Trotski your a ball buster, but you seem like a guy I could hang with and you would make me laugh till milk came out my nose!

  24. I am honestly at the point where I don’t want Murray to be in the flick if it gets made. So sick of the guy. So kill him off say he retired and lets move on. Just make it a good movie otherwise “He” can comeback with some “Oh I knew it was gonna suck!” reply.

  25. Granted, Murry is being a bit of a goof (and I’m being nice here) about his involvement, or lack there of. And as much as a 2011 release would be awesome (sooner the better), 2012 is more believable. Christmas or not. Especially taking into account the early talk of the script having something to do with one or more of the 2012 predictions….

    The best nutshell version for this is a great GB2 Venkman line… “Happy New Year!”

  26. Trotski said:

    “…so, you will be making your decision based on the judgement of the reviews? You may be on to something there…I think I’ll apply that logic before entering the afterlife. I’ll wait for a review. Yours is a water tight basis on which to make all decisions.”

    I will be looking at lots of reviews from lots of critics and reviewers. If there’s an overwhelming opinion that GHOSTBUSTERS III is poor then it’s not very likely to be good now is it Trotski! If there’s a common opinion that the film is bad then I will download it instead of seeing it in the theatre or buying it on dvd. I refuse to fund poor films and reward film makers for poor work.

  27. @ Matthew -so you’d prefer GB-Free to GB3? Who am I to influence your decisions?

    It may very well be a disappointment, but I doubt it, yer pays yer money, yer takes yer chances.

    But Matthew, really, you give me the eebee-jeebie-GB-freebies when you go on like that.

  28. Tratski said:

    “@ Matthew -so you’d prefer GB-Free to GB3?”

    Like I said, only if it turns out to be a poor film.

    “yer pays yer money, yer takes yer chances.”

    It’s the reason why so so many poor films, especially poor sequels, make so much money. People visit theatres in their droves to see the remake of this or the sequel to that without hesitation simply because of the name alone in the hope that it will be as good as the film or films which preceded it. I say, don’t take the chance, read the reviews, listen to the people who’ve seen it before you pay for that ticket. Do not reward studios for trash. If everyone did this, it would force studios to put more thought, care and attention into their films.

  29. The only people likely to see that film before I do will be cast, crew and $ony entertainment, and press.

    Who knows Matthew you may get lucky and haggle a price with a tout?

    I remember the critics wrote rave reviews re; JK Rowlings blue eyed boy. They said it was five star viewing. I think the star rating was referring to the average age of the consumer.

  30. It’s best to look at a good range of reviews from different websites, magazines, newspapers and tv shows I’ve found that you get a much what better idea of what a film is like. I’ve found that when a film is poor it’s usually obvious.

  31. My dear Matthew, Thank you for over stating the obvious. I however find life is far too short for such research. It’s not a forensic investigation. It’s a comedy. And should it suck, if it ever gets made, then the joke’s on us, the paying customer.

    You need not worry your pretty little head. As I assume you will be spending all your pocket money on the magazines and tabloids to read the reviews. Written by the very critics who have freeloaded on the back of such enterprises that line their very pockets and keep their bankrolls greased.

    …All that matters is that ALL original cast are on board. If you like reading so much Matthew I hear New York Central library has some great literature in the basement, with some very curious book stacking.

    Todays cryptic puzzle is ‘Re’ defined as a prefix.

    Some people are going to slate it regardless. Do you really think I give a fig what other people think? On this premise, I will gladly let my selfish gene rise to the occasion. End of.

  32. Trotski said:

    “My dear Matthew, Thank you for over stating the obvious. I however find life is far too short for such research.”

    Don’t then.

    “It’s not a forensic investigation. It’s a comedy. And should it suck, if it ever gets made, then the joke’s on us, the paying customer.”

    That’s precisely what I don’t want to happen. But not just that. As I’ve stated I’m sick and tired of studios making undeserved millions of dollars on crap sequals.

    “You need not worry your pretty little head. As I assume you will be spending all your pocket money on the magazines and tabloids to read the reviews.”

    Pretty little head? Pocket money? Don’t patronize Trotski. You’re not funny and you’re not clever. I’ll be spending my PAY on all of the major film magazines and newpapers which review the film upon release and I’ll also be paying close attention to the movie sites and tv shows which review it as well. I’ll be looking at reviews across the board in order to make my own personal judgement on whether I go to see it.

    “Written by the very critics who have freeloaded on the back of such enterprises that line their very pockets and keep their bankrolls greased.”

    What are you talking about?

    “…All that matters is that ALL original cast are on board.”

    No Trotski. That’s not all that matters. Ghostbusters III could include all of the original cast but it could still end up being a disappointment. Like Ghostbusters II, or worse. The quality of the script is really what matters.

    “If you like reading so much Matthew I hear New York Central library has some great literature in the basement, with some very curious book stacking.”

    I don’t use that library anymore. Every time a borrow a book it has this strange substance on it. It’s disgusting. I’ve complained a number of times.

    “Some people are going to slate it regardless.”

    You’re always likely to find someone who puts down a movie, book, game etc no matter how good it is but there’s often a general consensus of opinion and that is what I will be looking for.

    “Do you really think I give a fig what other people think? On this premise, I will gladly let my selfish gene rise to the occasion. End of.”

    That’s up to you. I obviously care a little more than you do.

  33. Matthew…you ought to write a thesis on this subject. I sense it’s close to your heart. But as for the humour bypass you have had recently -what can I say? You can’t read ‘tone’. That’s not my fault amigo.

    “Don’t patronize Trotski. You’re not funny and you’re not clever.”

    …I was elected milk monitor recently! Weren’t you paying attention?

    I’m not flaming you, or trying to ridicule you, but please take a deep breath. You have lots to say (me too), but I don’t know if I’m qualified to counsel you. Save yourself the ten bucks ticket price and 2 hours of your valuable time. Go watch ‘March of the Penguins’ or something. But it’s cold out -so wrap up warm huh?

    “I don’t use that library anymore. Every time a borrow a book it has this strange substance on it. It’s disgusting. I’ve complained a number of times.”

    Hmm? Swank publications per chance??

    “Written by the very critics who have freeloaded on the back of such enterprises that line their very pockets and keep their bankrolls greased.”

    …the press usually get advanced screening privilages. Sweeteners, at the champagne receptions etc., They get a free meal ticket and then bite the hands that feed them.

    Go figure.

  34. Okay, I would remind everyone you go to the special hell for lying. Anyone who is on a site like this WILL see this movie.

    As I’ve said before and I’m sure I’ll say it again If GB3 is made, I WILL see it. I don’t care if every critic from here to hell’s black gates says it’s the most horrible movie ever, I will see it at least a dozen times, but a large popcotn and large drink and probably snacks the whole time.

    Forget reviewers, forget “fair weather fans” I quote ghostbusters, I have a wall of GB merchendise I WILL see this movie as any true fan will. We don’t care if it sucks well at least not really because it’s OUR movie. I hope it’s good, but if it isn’t, it’s still a movie getting the brand I love out their. Hells I hope it wins a hundred academy awards, cures serious illnesses, causes a religion to be formed, and somehow de-ages the actors in it. BUT, if they try, they do their best, I will see it, I’ll add the teaser poster up on my wall and the one of them all in uniform next to my one of GB 1 and GB2.

    I’m a GB fanboy, and anyone who bleeds marshmallow, groans at slime, and quotes this movie anywhere from 1 to 12 times a day is as well. If you don’t respect that, fine, but don’t say you’ll wait for the reviews, because studio’s don’t get any money after reviewers see it. When it comes out, I’ll be one of the first five hundred in the theater, in the BIG theater down town that actually kicks people out if they talk. With the screen that takes up a wall and has surround sound, I’ll watch it every time it plays probably for 2 to 4 days straight. Because I’m a true Ghosthead, I love my fandom and as far as I’m concerned anyone who thinks “oh this actor will make the movie suck” or “I’ll wait for a reviewers opinion” should just GTFO, and leave us real ghost heads, us people passonet and who love this franchise to it. We love our franchise and hope is does well, but even if it doesn’t we’ll still be loyal, just like Star Wars fans ignore the Phantom Menace, or Star Trek fans ignore the fith movie, or Highlander fans ignore Highlander 2.

    So in closing, Call it fate, call it karma, I believe we were meant for something better, but sometimes shit happens, and who you gonna call?

    We will see it, it will be awesome to us end of story!

  35. Trunks I love your passion and will be in the theatre with you!!! Long live Ghostbusters and Ghostheads like us!!!

  36. Fuckin’ eh!!

  37. Stick the Ghostbusters name and logo on anything and some people will lap it up no matter how bad it is. Each to their own.

  38. Yummy yummy, Call me Vince Clortho the lap dog! All Ghostheads have different expectations and thoughts of what direction the movie will go, who will be in it, what roles they should have and so on. If even the true fans are being dicks about how the movie will get made it may not happen. I say hope for the best and let Dan do his thing and Ivan will keep dan in check like the original. Who thought the game would be so awsome. It exceeded my expectations. The glass is half full Mathew. Don’t spill the little bit of Ecto-cooler you have left.

  39. I thought the game was poor.

  40. Mathew did you actually play it or did you wait for the reviews! Let me guess your big brother bought the game and wouldn’t let you play!

  41. If Dana’s back I guess Venkman will be checking the ‘rear view’…I know I will.

  42. @ Trotski in the style of Nelson (Simpsons)

    Ha ha!

  43. More Brian (Family Guy)…

    @ Ttrunks “Highlander fans ignore Highlander 2.”

    What? There was a Highlander 2?? I thought they just went straight to no.3 after the original.

  44. Buster said:

    “Mathew did you actually play it or did you wait for the reviews! Let me guess your big brother bought the game and wouldn’t let you play!”

    I didn’t have to wait for the reviews. The reviews were out before the game was released.

    I rented the game, completed it and thought it was poor.

  45. Objections in the review mirror often appear much larger than they are.

    All those in favour say AYE!

  46. My opinion of the game was based on my experience of playing it, not the opinions of others.

  47. AYE!

  48. The game is rad.

    Just got me a brand new, non RROD xbox and I’ll be busting ghosts again today on the heels of this news.

  49. Because let’s not forget: Ghostbusters 3 will rock. And IMDb doesn’t lie.

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