Ramis talks Ghostbusters 3

ghostbustersDuring a press junket to plug his new movie with Jack Black, Harold Ramis discussed plans to fashion a second GHOSTBUSTERS sequel. The sequel is being scripted by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (THE OFFICE), in consultation with Ramism Dan Akroyd (who created the franchise), and Ivan Reitman (who directed the originals). Judd Apatow will produce. Actors Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen have been rumored as possible new ghostbusters. No director has been signed.

Ramis, who co-wrote the previous flms and co-starred as Dr. Egon Spengler – reports that the original cast will return as supporting characters:

“We’re all going to be in it in different kinds of roles,” Ramis said. “We’re going to be the sage mentors. There are going to be young Ghostbusters.”

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“Bill Murray is just waiting for the truckload of money to arrive to get him out of his office,” Ramis joked.

After taking a jab at his old friend,* Ramis assured us that Murray is definitely “in,” even though the two haven’t communicated directly about the project. “I haven’t talked to him about it,” Ramis said. “I want to talk to him about it eventually. I think we just need a script, because he’s the thorniest of the group.”

Whichever actors end up portraying the fresh crew of wisecracking ghost fighters will be in for a challenge. “Someone asked Seth [Rogen], and he said, ‘What?’ ” Ramis recalled. “He said, ‘That’d have to be one great f—ing script for anyone to touch that.’ He’s right about that.”

FOOTNOTE:

  • The article puzzyfoots around the fact that, having successfully collaborating on several films in the ’80s and ’90s, Murray and Ramis had a falling out after GROUNDHOG DAY (1993).

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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