Movie blogger pal, Jamie Williams over at ThinkMcFly, alerted me to a few rumors floating around about the upcoming Ghostbusters 3 movie. First up was a casting call for principals and extras, which suggested that the old team would return (minus Rick Moranis) plus Anna Faris. Thanks to the Cog, we did know that the fourth Ghostbuster of the new generation would be a female, and Faris kind of makes sense in the role. She does terrible movies, by and large, but she’s got incredible comedic timing. She at least deserves a shot at a blockbuster.
The other rumors are a little more specious: An Australian blog with an apparent contact at Sony says that he hadn’t heard anything about Faris, but does hear that Will Forte and Bill Hader have been mentioned as possibilities, casting that’s only appropriate in the full-circle sense, since the original Ghosbusters mined from the original cast on “SNL.” The difference, of course, is that today’s “SNL” is not the original by any stretch of even the most open-minded imagination.
Truthfully, I have no idea what to think of these rumors. I thought Bill Murray was still holding up this thing? Hell, Ghostbusters 3 may never happen, casting calls notwithstanding. Have you seen the trailers for Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached? Have you seen any of his movies over the last 14 years? I don’t care if the man did direct the original — you don’t hand over a franchise as beloved as Ghostbusters to the director of My Secret Ex-Girlfriend unless you like throwing millions of dollars into a fire and watching your reboot halted after one film.
But, then again, given the hundreds of rumors about Ghostbusters 3 over the last couple of years, Hader, Faris, and Forte are as likely as any other combination.
Personally, I think they’re gonna tank this, go all out with the pretty, Timothy Olyphant, Idris Elba; the likable, Jorge Garcia; and the hot-funny, Elizabeth Banks. Cast Crazy Cage as the villain, spend six months filming it, then light the goddamn reels on fire. At least they’ll have gotten it out of their system, paid a few actors that deserved the cash, and the rest of us could be spared the end result.