For over five years, there’s been rumors of a possible Ghostbusters 3. Never mind that the second film kind of, you know, sucked, in adjusted dollars the first film made $560 Million dollars. That’s Dark Knight Rises money. So now Sony has hired Etan Cohen to write a new draft.
This comes from Variety, though Dan Aykroyd said something about this last week, and it feels like they’ve already thrown a number of comic writers at the project. This points out that most comedies these days are more about the comic talents involved than actual writing. Cohen (no relation to the directors) was working on King of the Hill when Mike Judge tapped him to co-write Idiocracy. And though that film was barely released, it became a cult favorite, which lead him to work on Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. But in all these cases, he wasn’t the last writer on the project, and with the latter two, he was replaced by someone who did tons of re-writing (Justin Theroux and David Koepp, respectively). That’s not to say the man isn’t talented, we just haven’t seen that much of his work on screen.
But the bottom line is this will probably never happen without Bill Murray, and that may mean it never happens. Sure, you could throw in some hot young comedy stars, but the shine is off most of the Judd Apatow kids (though we’d be amused if they staged a Freaks and Geeks reunion with the casting), and Murray has been playing footsies with this role so long it seems unlikely that Cohen will bring anything to the table that would make Murray bite. As Murray’s next big project has him playing FDR, it’s possible that he’s more interested in Oscar attention than a big paycheck, and there’s no way he’d get a nomination for doing a third film. This is interesting news, but there’s no reason to believe it will lead to anything.
What would you like to see in Ghostbusters 3, if it ever happens?