Ghostbusters 3 is an upcoming American supernatural-science fiction movie, distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is intended to be a direct sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. The film is being directed by Jason Reitman, from a script co-written with Gil Kenan. His father, who directed the first two films, will serve as producer for the project. Production is scheduled to begin some time in 2019, with a July 10, 2020 release date.
|Directed by||Jason Reitman|
|Produced by||Ivan Reitman|
|Based on||Characters created by Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|July 10, 2020|
During the 1990s, Aykroyd wrote a script for the film tentatively titled, Ghostbusters III: Hellbent. The concept had the characters transported to an alternate universe version of Manhattan called Manhellton, where the people and places are "hellish" versions of Earth, with the Ghostbusters meeting and confronting the devil. At the time, Aykroyd stated that the studio was interested, though the principal actors were not. It featured a new, younger group of Ghostbusters, while Ray, Egon, and Winston struggle to keep the business going upon Peter's relationship becoming serious with Dana. Much of this concept was recycled years later, for Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009.
By 2004, movement on a sequel was revisited by the studio, though Bill Murray expressed his disinterest in the project stating that he dislikes sequels. The following year, Ramis confirmed plans to introduce Ben Stiller into the principle cast. By 2009, however development of the project had stalled. Both Ramis and Aykroyd subsequently confirmed that the script calls for a new group of younger Ghostbusters, with the latter stating that the cast would feature a gender diversity and include new technology used by the titular team. By January of 2010, Reitman confirmed that he would be directing the film. In March, Murray discussed development of the film, and his intentions to reprise his role. A release was scheduled for Christmas 2012. In the October issue of Vanity Fair, Aykroyd commented on the screenplay written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, stating that he was particularly impressed with how Murray's character had been written, and the implementation of the new team with the original team, while he and Ramis would work on a second draft of the script. By August of 2011, Akroyd stated that the plan was for the film to begin filming later that year with the story being the mantel handed down to the younger generation. Later when Murray decided to pass on reprising the starring role, Akroyd announced that all creatives involved were actively searching for an actor to replace him. He also mentioned that he wanted Moranis to return as Louis Tully. By February of 2012, the film was placed on hold as the production team reevaluated the project. Without Murray, the studio searched for replacement actors and considered featuring his character as a CGI-rendered ghost. By June, Murray again acknowledged that all involved were attempting to develop the third film once more before dropping out of the film the following month. The next month, Aykroyd confirmed that the film was back in development, with a script re-write from Etan Cohen. Aykroyd said of the script that "It's got to be perfect. That's the whole thing. There's no point in doing it unless it's perfect. So that's what we're up to now." By September, Reitman announced the developments of a remake. In May 2013, Akroyd discussed plot points including real-life experiments being done by college students at Columbia University being source for inspiration. The plot will revolve around research being done by the university, which brings about threats from other dimensions with a new team of Ghostbusters forming to save Earth's plane of existence from supernatural threats. The script reportedly wrote Murray's character in, with hopes that the actor would decide to join the production.
After the death of Harold Ramis on February 24, 2014, Sony Pictures stated that Ramis would be included through use of a cameo appearance. With the script needing to be reworked following Ramis' passing, the project was delayed once again. By March 2015, it was confirmed that Reitman would not be directing the third film, but would remain as producer with plans to begin principle photography by early-2015. Weaver later revealed that her character's son will feature as a member of the team. The project was ultimately delayed as the studio searched for a director.
In January 2019, Entertainment Weekly announced that a new Ghostbusters film connected to the original two films was in development, with a mid-2020 release date. Jason Reitman will direct from a script co-written by himself and Gil Kenan, while Ivan Reitman will serve as a producer. The Montecito Picture Company will work on production, with Ivan once again describing the film as a "passing the torch". Jason Reitman used the title "Rust City" during the development and pre-production stages to keep the project a secret. A teaser trailer for the film was released the following day, confirming the film's title to be Ghostbusters 3. The film will reportedly feature a group of teenagers, becoming the new recruits for the titular team.
The film will be released on July 20, 2020.
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