You know, when I expected the end of the world, I envisioned Old Testament, real wrath of God-type stuff. You know, Fire and brimstone coming down out of the sky, forty days and nights of darkness, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together. . . mass hysteria!
Also included in those apocalyptic visions was seeing actual concrete news that Ghostbusters 3 would actually ever be made.
Well, let’s hope I’m wrong on that score because late yesterday afternoon, Variety reported that The Office executive producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have been hired by Columbia Pictures to script the long awaited third film in the Ghostbusters franchise.
It is hard to believe that it has been almost a quarter of a century since Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson first strapped-on unlicensed nuclear excellerators onto their backs to catch pesky poltergeists through Manhattan’s five bouroughs. The film would become Columbia’s highest grossing release, a record it held until 1997 and the release of Men In Black. Although the 1989 sequel was not as enthgusiastically met, rumors have consistantly floated that a third film was going to be made. At one point Aykroyd, who co-wrote the first two films along with Ramis, was pitching an idea that involved the Ghostbusters being sent to Hell.
Eisenberg and Stupnitsky have also written the comedy Year One, which Ramis directed for release next summer. The film features Seth Rogen and a few other actors who make it a habit of being in producer/director Judd Apatow’s comedies. For years, the rumors have floated that a potential third Ghostbusters film would involve the original team handing over the paranormal elimination business to a younger group, but is this connection enough to thikn that Rogen and friends will be co-starring in this, if it ever gets made? Well, it is a pretty thin line of logic to follow, but things have happened in Hollywood for less logical reasons. Stay tuned.