Confirmed: Ghostbusters 3 in 2011


2nd January 2010

Harold Ramis has confirmed that he is working on the third Ghostbusters movie and that it'll be released worldwide in 2011. But does this bustin' make you feel good?

Speaking to something called Heeb magazine ("a take-no-prisoners zine for the plugged-in and preached-out" - so, Sugar Ape then), director Harold Ramis stated that the long gestating second Ghostbusters sequel is indeed in development and should drop sometime in 2011.

"Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel.

We'll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future... GB3 is progressing with plans to shoot next summer and release in 2011."
This news fills me with a mixture of joy and dread. Joy, because... well, because it's more Ghostbusters. Proper Ghostbusters and not the animated Ghostbusters or the videogame Ghostbusters or the 'Extreme' Ghostbusters, one of whom was in a wheelchair. The whole cast are back on board - even Ray Parker Jr has made himself available. Like he was busy anyway.

But the dread? 25 years have been and gone since they first busted ghosts, and in that time, Harold Ramis directed the awful Bedazzled and Year One, Dan Aykroyd lost his mind and started selling crystal skull vodka (below) and Ernie Hudson just got done appearing in Dragonball Evolution. Only Bill Murray has kept up the quality since, and he's been the hardest to convince. No wonder he's allegedly keen to appear as a ghost.

There's danger also in bringing in a 'new breed' of younger Ghostbusters. Early rumours that the cast of The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco) were involved were sadly false, as was the involvement of Judd Apatow. All I'm saying is, Zac Efron and Justin Timberlake are out there and looking for work, and all the crystal skull vodka on Earth won't make that acceptable.

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