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Ghostbusters 3 Is Exactly Where It Was Two Years Ago: Nowhere

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 9, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 9, 2010 |

Two years ago, believe it or not, Pajiba was the first site to break news that Columbia Pictures was developing a Ghostbusters 3 and that a couple of “The Office” writers, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, had written the script (behind Harold Ramis’ back, no less). Two years later, there’s beabout 7,432 movie blog posts devoted to Ghostbusters 3, and despite everything that you might hear, the truth is: Ghostbusters 3 is not really any further along than it was two years ago. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ramis have all spoken about the movie on many occasions, and even a few of the potential cast members, like Seth Rogen, have mentioned it, only to deny their involvement. But the reality is: There’s no cast. The director is not completely nailed down (I’m convinced Columbia is waiting for Ramis to die before they move ahead), and Bill Murray is not committed to returning.

We don’t really know anymore about it today than we did two years ago. But, it’s like the Arrested Development movie: It’s a story that won’t go away because movie blogs won’t let it go away.

Last week, there was another rumor that Dan Aykroyd would be writing a new script for Ghostbusters 3, which created another Ghostbusters news cycle. Yesterday, FilmDrunk broke news that Dan Akyroyd wouldn’t be writing the script, which has created another Ghostbusters news cycle. You can see where this is going, right? We create news so we can deny news. We’re assholes! And this entire story about Aykroyd was created by someone mistaking context: Aykroyd said that he was “excited about working on” Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg’s script, which I believe Cinematical took to mean that he was rewriting it. I don’t even know why that’s important, but hey! We’re movie blogs. We’ll fucking turn anything into news. And it’s news because we report it, therefore it is.

Don’t question the circular logic. I know people. They will bury you in wet cement for less.

Anyway, FilmDrunk reported that Akyroyd is not rewriting the script, that Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg are still the only writers, and that — unless Bill Murray signs off on the movie — it’s not going to happen. In other words: The project is exactly where it was two years ago. But look! I just wasted half an hour writing a the 7,433 post about how nothing has happened in the last two years.

The magic of movie news, people.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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