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Ivan Reitman Will Be Back to Direct Ghostbusters 3!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 13, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 13, 2010 |

In an interview with Ivan Reitman, MTV confirmed what has been assumed all along: That Reitman — who produced and directed the first two Ghostbusters movie — will return to direct the third.

Awesome, right? A huge sigh of relief. Whew! Team Reitman! That’s what I’m talking about!

woah … wait a second, back up. Let’s first consider the evidence before we get too excited.

First of all, as great as the original Ghostbusters was (and to a lesser extent — a much lesser extent, the sequel), Ivan Reitman hasn’t actually made a particularly good movie since Ghostbusters, save for the fairly entertaining Dave, with Kevin Kline. In fact, Reitman has made some spectacularly bad movies since that time, including Father’s Day, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Six Days, Seven Nights and Evolution. There’s a reason, as we reported two years ago, that the script for Ghostbusters 3 was originally written behind Reitman’s back — I don’t think anyone really wanted Reitman’s involvement or his input.

Second, the script is written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, lead writers on “The Office.” When it was announced that they’d written Ghostbusters 3, it was cause for celebration. But that was before we saw their Year One, one of the worst movies of 2009. And it wasn’t the director’s fault, or even the middling efforts of the cast. It was a bad script — a terrible script, from start to finish (for any of you who actually managed to stay through the entire movie).

Third, this is a reboot, of sorts, of the franchise. Never mind the fact that it likely won’t involve much of the original cast — who are expecting to make cameos, at best — Reitman really isn’t the guy you want directing a new generation of talent, which may or may not include the likes of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, or actors of that ilk, who may not be comedically aligned with an old school Reitman. There really aren’t any comedic successors to Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd; there may never be.

Shooting is expected to start early next year, but besides the fact that a slow and steady stream of Ghostbusters casting news is likely to keep this site in business for the next nine months, I can’t say I’m particularly behind the idea of a Ghostbusters 3. I don’t know which is worse: A Ghostbusters 3 with Reitman, or one without.

(You can bet your ass this will be in 3D, too)

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