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You Don't Get Ghostbusters 3, But You Can Have Spectral

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 7, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 7, 2011 |

Bill Murray doesn’t want anyone to get Ghostbusters 3, even though all the actors want to make it and all the fans want to see it. But let’s face it, he’s probably saving us from ourselves. We bemoan the endless parade of remakes, reboots, and ten year stale sequels and yet also itch for sequels to great films. Let’s face it though, even if Ghostbusters 3 did get through the Murray blockage, we’d probably end up with Shia LaBeouf involved somehow.

Or we’d end up with the movie that Spectral sounds like:

The premise of the project is centered on a modern-day, militaristic and gritty approach to fighting the supernatural. Sources say the pitch, which sold for six figures, has been described as a darker and more serious take on a Ghostbusters-like story, with a plot that revolves around a special ops group formed to bring down evil ghosts that have taken over Manhattan.

That sounds terrible. It’s like someone took Ghostbusters and the abysmal Initiative storyline from the fourth season of “Buffy” shook them together and then removed anything remotely appealing about the concept. In other words, it doesn’t sound like a movie, it sounds exactly like a mediocre console shooter that you pick up for ten dollars a year after it comes out and play exactly once.

The script was written by Ian Fried, who also wrote Gaslight which is supposed to be coming out next summer and features Florence Nightingale and Jack the Ripper. I assume it’s dripping with historical accuracy. Legendary Pictures picked up the script.

(source: THR)

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