Murray aside, Ramis and Aykroyd move GB3 to 2012! Or not.

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.

Bill Murray thinks Ghostbusters 3 not going to happen [UPDATE]

Out promoting his new film, Get Low, Bill Murray sat down to answer 5 questions for MovieFone.ca – talk of New York movies lead, naturally, to Ghostbusters;

4. What’s your favorite movie set in New York?
‘Ghostbusters.’ Sure, why not? I was in it. It was great. There’s a scene where Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson drive across the Brooklyn Bridge and they go, “Judgment day.” And that’s the coolest scene in any movie that ever took place in New York. It’s just wonderful to watch. And then they pull away and you see this big town in the background and these guys are heading right into the heart of the monster. What I really love about New York is that the first time I came, I think I came from the airport, and when you drive [from John F. Kennedy International Airport], there’s a massive graveyard that you see just before, and there’s New York. And I always say to people, those are the people that didn’t make it [laughs]. They just threw them over here and then buried them.

5. Is ‘Ghostbusters 3’ ever happening?
No, it’s ridiculous. That’s an absolutely — that’s just a horrible rumor. It’s like illegitimate children in Antarctica, it’s ridiculous. … Mind you, we only made two, and the first one was still the better one, so another one wouldn’t seem to be any better. The studio wants to make it because they can re-create the franchise and put new Ghostbusters in it. That’s what it’s about.

This does not mean Ghostbusters 3 is not still being actively pursued, despite Murray referring to it as a “rumor” – we know for a fact Sony is actively working on it, something Bill even admits in the same paragraph where he called it a rumor. Basically, it’s more of Murray griping about the possibility of the movie getting made. Which is a shame – it seems like the production was prepared to bend over backwards to accommodate him and he still doesn’t want to see it move ahead.

Thanks to Hayden for the heads up. C’mon, Bill! Don’t be a party pooper!

[UPDATE]
Bill had more to say on the subject when speaking to ComingSoon.net on the same Get Low press tour.

“You know, it’s really the studio starts this stuff,” he told us. “They start saying ‘Ghostbusters.’ They want to do (it) and it’s really the world of sequels and bringing these things back again, and then some wiseacre said, ‘Hey, we got a couple of new writers who are gunna write something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, well, maybe there’ll be some writers’ and there was always this joke, sort of a half-true, half-joke thing like, ‘Well, I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ That was my joke, you know? So supposedly someone was writing a script where I actually got killed in the first reel and became a ghost, which I thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of clever anyway.’ But then these guys that were supposedly the writers that were going to do it, they wrote a film that came out and people saw the film* and went… ‘We’re not going to do it after all, are we?’ So it’s just a kind of a dreamy thing. They want to create a new generation of Ghostbusters, you know? They’d just like us to pass the torch.” (*Presumably that was Harold Ramis’ last movie Year One.)

When asked to clarify whether making the movie really would be a “nightmare,” Bill Murray told us this: “Well, it’s true, but we made a great movie and then we made another one, you know? So we went to the well twice and it’s almost impossible to do the second movie as well. Only horror movies get better as they go along because they have more money to spend for more crazy effects. I actually thought the other day–it’s just become so irritating–but I actually heard people like, young people that really [heard] of the movie when they were kids and I thought, ‘You know, maybe I should just do it. Maybe it’d be fun to do.’ Because the guys are funny and I miss [Rick] Moranis and Annie [Potts] and Danny. Those people are some people that were really, you know, I miss them. I think that’s really a big part of it.”

Ernie Hudson's GB3 wish-list – more Winston!

MTV cornered Ernie Hudson in Toronto and like everybody else there, asked him about Ghostbusters 3. While he only knows as much as we do (and admits as much, unlike some people) he does know what he’d like to see in a third Ghostbusters film;

‘If it does go forward I want to see Winston be all the way through the movie for once for God’s sake – not an hour into the movie, here comes Winston.’ Hudson told us. ‘Also, I’d like to see Winston have some sort of back story. Where does Winston go? Is he married? Does he have an apartment? Does he live on the street? Who is this Winston guy that we’ve seen two movies about?’

Agreed! More Winston!

You can read the whole article here or watch his interview below;

Reitman vs younger GB3 director? New script not until May. [UPDATE]

For every one of you that has ever said, “What is taking so long?” or “They are totally making this movie right now!” you need… NEED… to read this New York Magazine article, which outlines the deal Columbia made with the principles (Aykroyd, Ramis, Murray, and Reitman) to get Ghostbusters 2 made. And even moreso, it outlines how that deal, as it pertains to Ivan, might be why the project is still not greenlit – in short, Sony wants new directing blood, and Reitman’s contract says they can’t without his say so.

However, Sony’s hopes that FWB would lead to Reitman making a graceful exit from Ghostbusters III will likely be dashed. Insiders familiar with Reitman’s plans say he thinks the two comedies are not mutually exclusive, and still plans to direct both, raising serious questions about whether Sony will want to proceed with Ghostbusters III at all. However, losing Ghostbusters would make a tough 2011 even tougher, as the studio has no other franchise blockbuster scheduled.

Also mentioned through their grapevine is that the second draft of the Stupnitsky and Eisenberg script isn’t due until May.

THAT’S why the movie isn’t officially being made yet, as said here time and time again.

[UPDATE]
Jim Dixon at Examiner.com is saying he’s spoken to Sony directly and his sources says Reitman is still director – which you would think cancels out the Vulture article that says they want him out. But what’s missing is the perspective that NO Sony exec would say anything otherwise, while negotiations are still going on. The two aren’t mutually exclusive – the Vulture can totally have heard that Sony would prefer a different director, and contract reality says Reitman is in until he says otherwise. And Sony can totally be working towards production with Reitman at the helm, and saying so to every Tom, Dixon, and Harry on the Internet – as a public party line, regardless of what’s being discussed behind closed doors.

The Vulture’s information is just as off-the-record, so really, it’s hard to weigh one over the other anyhow, which means the only interesting piece of information is that we’re still two months away from a revised script – and if it doesn’t make all parties happy, Reitman’s role doesn’t matter, does it?

Thanks to Steven Hough for that one.

Bill Murray on Letterman – CBS releases clip

Bill Murray is on Letterman tonight, apparently, and CBS has released a clip from the appearance, which includes his old anecdote about people catching him humming Ghostbusters on the streets of New York. He also describes GB3 as “his nightmare.” Take is you will.

I’m not putting much faith in AICN’s analysis of the taping, from someone who was in the audience, since people have a terrible time differentiating between the wants of the principles (Dan wants Eliza Dushku in the movie, Bill wants to be killed off, etc.) and the final Sony will (nothing moves ahead until everybody is happy, particularly Sony, who sign the cheques) – particularly as AICN’s spy also reports Bill doesn’t think they movie will get made, but it’s still a very big deal that Bill is talking about it on national late-night like this.

Tune into Letterman tonight to see the whole appearance, but it’s looking like all the GB3 stuff is in the clip above already.

Thanks to Eric/GB2Vigo for the heads-up.

[VIA AICN.com]