Not that that’s a surprise to anyone – I mean, it was all guesswork all along, though some mainstream sites took everything a little too serious. Speaking to Eric Eisenberg at CinemaBlend, Ivan Reitman told him that pretty much everything about Ghostbusters 3 online is wrong. Bit of a wasted effort on our part then, eh?
What was most surprising was that Reitman said the reason nobody has the facts is that the first draft of the script was only completed a month ago – this goes a long way to explaining why Bill Murray kept saying that without a script, the movie was a myth, as according to Reitman, there wasn’t a script for Murray to read. Only, we’d been hearing the first draft was done months back.
Eisenberg’s sit-down with Reitman was part of a press junket, and it seems like Ivan was using the opportunity not only to talk about his new movie No Strings Attached, but when asked about GB3 (as it inevitably is), to comment on the Internet speculation. Jenna Busch at Coming Soon got to talk to Reitman on the same junket and she specifically quotes him, instead of Eisenberg’s vague paraphrasing.
ComingSoon.net: So, you know we have to ask you what’s going on with “Ghostbusters 3,” right?
Ivan Reitman: [laughs] We have a really good script, but Bill (Murray) has to read it. He hasn’t read it. There has been all kinds of chatter online about him reading it and not liking it. He has not read a thing. He’s never read anything. And I just sent it to him. So we’ll see. God knows how long that will take. But we’ll see.
CS: There have been a ton of stories online. Lots of back and forth…
Reitman: There is almost nothing that is accurate online about that film. Will you write that for me?
CS: I will!
Reitman: There is nothing… I mean, all these stories… there has been a ton of stuff about casting, about who’s in… none of it is true.
CS: The whole Sigourney Weaver thing about her son taking over and Bill Murray coming back as a ghost…
Reitman: Oh, no, yeah… I mean, Sigourney Weaver has a role in this movie. All the original characters have parts. As well as a whole bunch of new characters… it’s got a really good story, this one. Maybe the best of the whole series. I hope we get to do it.
Basically, he says that most everything we were leery about already, aren’t true – which doesn’t mean a lot, when we hadn’t put a lot of faith in them to begin with (which is sad, as some of it came from Dan Aykroyd, and thus confirms his status as Godfather and lead cheerleader to Ghostbusters, but one of the worst sources of info.)
We knew Murray as ghost was an old old idea and likely axed (as it was originally intended as a way to involve Murray in a third movie by having him essentially cameo in a spectacular fashion, whereas now the full-court press is on to get him back in the saddle.) He NEVER disputes Oscar as a new gen Ghostbuster. And he says all the casting rumours are wrong, something that most of the actors involved shot down themselves already.
So… hey, it’s 2011, it’s our first non-news news item!
Steady as she goes, eh?
Big thanks to everyone (there are too many to list) who sent me the links, I appreciate it, as I’ve been off the grid a lot over the holidays, recharging the batteries.