“Lego Movie” Directors In Talks To Take Over “Ghostbusters 3”

March 20, 20140 Comments

Journalist and blogger Nikki Finke revealed on Twitter that her sources have named Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) as the directors taking over the helm of Ghostbusters 3.

Original director, Ivan Reitman, recently left the project in favor of producing duties after the passing of Harold Ramis. Reitman’s official statement is below.

A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend and was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters,” Reitman explained.

Reitman confirmed the Murray chase, one that encompassed not one, but two scripts.

The first was done by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and me, Harold and Dan helped them on it,” Reitman said. “It was a really good script, but then it became clear that Bill really didn’t want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going. When Bill finally…well, he never actually said no, but he never said yes, so there was no way to make that film. We decided to start over again, and I started working with Etan Cohen, with Dan lending a helping hand. Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better. I kept pushing forward with Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about.

It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role,” he continued. “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. I’d just finished directing Draft Day, which I’m really happy with and proud of. Working on a film that is smaller and more dramatic was so much fun and satisfying. I just finally met with Amy and Doug Belgrad when I got back. I said I’d been thinking about it for weeks, that I’d rather just produce this Ghostbusters. I told them I thought I could help, but let’s find a really good director and make it with him. So that’s what we’ve agreed will happen. I didn’t want all kinds of speculation about what happened with me, that is the real story.

I really enjoyed The Lego Movie, so this could be some good news. Yay or nay?

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