First off, big thanks to Jason and Hayden for the heads up.
Early this morning featurefilmauditions.com posted that casting has begun in Los Angeles and Chicago for Ghostbusters 3. It’s exciting news, but continues without official context – Feature Film Auditions uses the quote from the Italian Sony rep in its article set-up – a quote that Sony has yet to officially confirm. That said, the auditions listing contains a number of interesting details that give it the heft of a real listing, such as the listing of
Dan Aykroyd’s Harold Ramis’ production company, Ocean Pictures.
As well, the article lists Richard Mento as the LA casting head – Mento has a solid resume of casting for teen-to-twenty-something films, including Youth in Revolt. As well, the timing is about right for a film due – allegedly – to begin shooting in the Spring of 2011.
[UPDATE] It’s looking like bad text layout may have skewed my read – Instead of Richard Mento from the Joanna Colbert Casting Agency, it appears it’s Richard Mento / Joanna Colbert casting. Meaning, Mento may not be the casting lead. In fact, hints have been made that Joanna Colbert is more likely to be the principle casting director in this case, but again, this is all unconfirmed.
Two details are unique. The first is the inclusion of Anna Faris as one of the new team of Ghostbusters. The other is that filming will take place in LA… and Chicago? This isn’t a crazy idea, if you consider that Ocean Pictures and Harold Ramis are based in Chicago. Not to mention Aykroyd’s love of the city. But this flies in the face of an iconically New York film Franchise. Perhaps production has decided it’s time to write a ghosty love-letter to a new city. Or maybe Chicago is where the new team is sent, either as a satellite office or for a particular bust.
The long awaited “Ghostbusters 3” is finally set to go into production early 2011. Initial casting for the film’s main characters will take place in Los Angeles, and additional casting will be conducted in Chicago, where filming is to take place.
A ragtag group of paranormal researchers reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits.
I’m filing this under Stay Tuned for now, as there is little to credit or discredit it either way. At face value, it’s certainly curious and mildly exciting.
[UPDATE] It’s been pointed out that Chicago is, in recent years, a popular stand-in for New York. Given the logistical problems filming in New York on the previous two movies, it’s not unreasonable to posit that Chicago will stand in for non-specific exteriors, minimizing the need to film in New York, and allowing production to focus their time film exteriors at places like the firehall.
[UPDATE] On Location Vacations, which helps direct travelers to filming locations, has posted the casting news, and have their own update “from an inside source”, saying that production will not be moving to Chicago, and will remain in New York. I’ve heard similar things throughout the day from a couple of sources, so assuming this is all legit, it looks like Chicago will not be doubling as New York – perhaps it’s merely a convenience thing, for Chicago-based Ramis. (shrug)
[UPDATE] WhatsPlaying.com has posted the casting story and they are claiming they have a source that cannot confirm much of anything, other than casting has begun. This would be a second party confirming, unofficially, the original casting listing. Hard to gauge the quality of the sources, but it continues to build into something more than the usual Internet wildfire. We’ll just have to wait and see. In a twist, Hollywood Insider’s source didn’t know anything about Anna Faris, other than Sony likes her (supporting the initial report), but did say that SNL names like Bill Hader and Will Forte were being moved around as well.
[UPDATE] Arrrgh. Give me a hoax or internet hot-air to work with any day. This maybe-maybe not stuff drives me nuts.
Entertainment Weekly has spoken to reps for Anna Faris (as well as Will Forte and pretty much anybody else mentioned recently) and they are NOT cast for the movie… and then they say nothing about the validity of the casting call. That’s like only putting out half-a-fire. And who better to kill bad info than EW? And yet, nothing. Thanks guys. Mind you, EW operates at a level where often certain things aren’t said unless they are cleared (and also, you don’t out-scoop your print mag.)