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Ghostbusters III: The State of Things

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 20, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 20, 2009 |

We haven’t talked much about Ghostbusters III since we broke the story last September that it was secretly in production, with two guys from “The Office,” having written the script, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (who are also behind the woeful looking Year One). Since then, it’s mostly been rumor and conjecture. Mostly, it still is, but for the fact that we do know it’s a “passing the torch movie” and, according to Dan Akroyd, all the original cast members (but for Rick Moranis) have agreed to return (yes, even Sigourney Weaver and Billy Murray), though their roles will be minimal. They’ll only be there long enough to pass that torch, apparently.

According to OWF, which has got a pretty great write up of the current state of things (background by The L.A. Times), Akroyd has also revealed that there will likely be five new Ghostbusters, and that one will be a female. No one has been cast, and potential new Ghostbusters (including John Krasinksi and Seth Rogen) haven’t even let on that they’ve been approached (though, you can bet your ass someone has been approached).

The two people that Dan Akroyd did mention, however, as possible female Ghostbusters were: Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku, which suggests to me that Akroyd doesn’t actually want to make a good movie. Milano — maybe. She’s never had a much of a big-screen presence, save for some choice scenes in mostly straight-to-DVD fare that rekindled my teenage Milano lust. And Dushku: Well, there’s hardly a worse actress on the planet, unless you are fans of cold vacant stares and line-readings from droids. I know that Akroyd is behind the third movie, but I hope to God he lets someone else do the casting.

And that is the state of things. Akroyd does hope to start filming in the winter. Anyone want to offer up a dreamcast here: Five Ghostbusters. At least one female.

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