A couple days ago, it was reported that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman had dropped out of directing the third installment thus reducing the people who want Ghostbusters III down to executives at Sony Pictures and Dan Aykroyd. Ironically, Ghostbusters III just won’t die. We’ve been reporting on the movie for years, and production on it always seems to be right around the corner, except it never happens, and pretty much everyone is okay with that. With the recent death of Ghostbusters co-writer and co-star Harold Ramis, the sequel seemed even more unnecessary, but the production is eyeing an early 2015 start in New York.
Former Deadline editor-in-chief Nikki Finke tweeted out the following:
Hot duo to direct #Ghostbusters3? My sources say Phil Lord & Chris Miller (‘Lego Movie’, ’21 Jump St’) in talks to replace Ivan Reitman.
If this is true (and keep in mind that Finke is not as close to the pulse as she once was now that she’s been booted from Deadline), it means that Lord and Miller should have “Challenge Accepted” printed on their business cards. However, if they do take the gig, this would be their biggest challenge thus far. Their previous films—Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The LEGO Movie—had no baggage attached to them. They were unlikely hits, and their next film, 22 Jump Street, is piggybacking off the filmmakers’ earlier success.