Sure, it’s no film in a can. But it’s still important.

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Hey, Ghostusters 3 news! Emotions! Understandable! But all that aside, let’s talk about the news as news for a minute.

I think there’s a lot of confusion between “official” meaning it’s not a rumour or conjecture and “official” meaning production has begun.

I welcome the recently cautious attitude of my fellow Ghostbusters news hounds, who insist they will disregard all GB3 news until at least a script is approved. It’s not official until the cameras roll. This is reasonable, but it also means they are downplaying one simple thing in the Hollywood Reporter article;

“Feig and his Feigco Entertainment partner Jessie Henderson will executive produce. Reitman will serve as producer.”

Yes, a script still has to be approved. Yes, production has to be greenit and started. It’s not “officially” happening. But this one line is why we are NOT ignoring it – it’s the most official news about production we’ve EVER had.

We’ve had script writers. We’ve had script writers while Sony courted directors. We’ve had script writers, with Ivan Reitman as possible director, who has his own production company who would presumably been involved. Sony never said an official peep about any of them.

Now we have a script writer, a director, and a named executive producer, and Ivan Reitman as a defacto producer, meaning his role has been addressed. And Sony has confirmed this step – not through reps talking to the press – through their own channels. Does it mean filming has officially begun? Of course not. Can it still fall apart? Absolutely. Is it the most confirmed, least rumoured news ever officially acknowledged by Sony?


This one simple piece of news, so far overlooked as people scream their personal investments into the night sky, means the clock has moved a minute-closer to midnight. This is the most ducks we’ve ever seen lined up together since Dan Aykroyd first said “Let’s make a third one!” (most likely on the last day of shooting Ghostbusters 2). So, be as cautious as you like, it’s more than appropriate to remind people this doesn’t mean filming has “officially” begun. Just don’t bury the fact that this is still the closest we’ve ever been (like it or not) to a third movie, officially.

This morning’s WTF news – LA casting call for GB body-doubles?

This popped up on Imgur/Reddit today, a screengrab for a casting call in LA for photo-doubles of each of the four Ghostbusters. The listing is for an un-named re-release (though as it specifically asked for people who look like the four actors like they did in Ghostbusters, it not hard to sort out what movie they mean.) But body-doubles why? A new movie needs name actors, not cattle-call actors. Body-doubles are a specific function – they have to look like someone. The only thing I can think of is re-shoots for that 3D refurbishment of the first Ghostbusters we haven’t heard about in awhile. My money is on this for the time being. For the curious, I did find the listing on the casting website.

What do you think? Any guesses?

Aykroyd describes GB3 as in “suspended animation”, ponders replacing Murray

As always, any Dan Aykroyd talk about a third Ghostbusters has to be taken with a certain amount of analysis. He is always promoting a third film and at any given time he will always talk about what pieces and players are in place. Which is what makes his recent trip to the UK notable. While spending a considerable amount of time correcting reporters that there’s no way Bill Murray would be so callous as to shred any GB3 script sent to him, he was less cheery about the project when talking to the Telegraph;

Will the film ever materialise?

“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation. The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun [but] I can’t be mad at him. He’s a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn’t want to know.”

He’s recently begun to consider recasting Murray’s role with another actor. Or perhaps, I suggest, his character could come back as a ghost in CGI so the actor doesn’t need to give up the golfing? It’s obviously something that has crossed Aykroyd’s mind, but he wonders if Murray would give his approval even to that.

“We’re not going to do a movie that exploits the franchise. The script has to be perfect. I’m the cheerleader, but I’m only one voice in the matter. It’s a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie, however there is still interest from the studio.” Aykroyd looks pained. It only seems fair to return to a subject that brings him nothing but joy: alcohol.

So, I think we can safely move the Ghostbusters Doomsday clock back from 11 to 9 – this is the first time Ayrkoyd has said anything solid about Murray not being involved. It doesn’t take into account the fact that Murray still holds a stake in the franchise, or that Ivan Reitman holds considerable powers in the making of a third movie, but it is a very different interview than ever before. Let’s hope that if there is in fact a clear “no” from Murray, Sony can finally work to move on the film or shelve it forever.

Dan Aykroyd sparks new Ghostbusters telephone game.

Last week Dan Aykroyd appeared on Dennis Miller’s radio show and talk turned to Ghostbusters 3, at which point Dan said all the usually about the script, the older Ghostbusters, the training of a new team, and the “hope” that filming would begin in the spring and that Bill Murray would be involved. As it was all “hope” I largely ignored it as Dan’s usual cheerleading for the franchise. Other entertainment sites reported it though. Then other entertainment sites picked the story up from them with the “hope” part downplayed by some. And now the mainstream is reporting (some, not all) it as Ghostbusters 3 “is set” to start filming in the spring.

If everyone could stop sending me the links now. Hope needs to turn to action first, or this just isn’t anything substantial.

Aykroyd tweets: Back to work on GB3

Dan Aykroyd, after a weekend of racing and police, followed by a quick hang with a fellow Blues Brother, twittered today that his focus is back on Ghostbusters 3.

Re: GB3 – I’m really happy to be back in the trenches working on something real. The premise is good, the story is good. It looks promising

True, it’s not proof that GB3 is headed into production anytime soon – even though the phrase “something real” is curious – but after months of nothing, it’s nice to know that at least Dan hasn’t given up hope.