Etan Cohen

Jason Reitman in Ghostbusters II

It doesn’t come as a surprise that in the wake of Harold Ramis‘s death that Ivan Reitman has dropped out of directing Ghostbusters 3. The silver lining is that he will still be involved as a producer, but that is one more original player that won’t be back in his regular spot. Reitman told Deadline of his decision as well as details about the road the sequel has taken up to this point, including how the current draft from Etan Cohen with Dan Aykroyd has the main characters of the first two movies taking a back seat, as long rumored. “Harold got sick about three years ago, and we kept hoping he would get better,” Reitman says of the latest plan. “I kept pushing forward on the Etan Cohen and we now have a draft that is very good, that the studio is very excited about.” Along with the news that Reitman is vacating the director’s chair is a further update that Sony is still moving the production forward and aims to start filming no later than early 2015. That’s plenty of time for Reitman and the studio to find a replacement to helm the movie, but they don’t really need very long at all because I’ve got a shortlist right here of the five best men (and woman) for the job. 

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GetHard

When we first heard that comedic powerhouses Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell were planning on teaming up for a project called Get Hard, all that we knew about it was that it was coming from a pitch Key & Peele showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel gave to Warner Bros, and that it would likely star Farrell as a yuppie investment banker who was being sent to prison and Hart as the street tough who he hires to teach him how to handle life on the inside. Well, today Get Hard is back in the news, and not only does it appear that the script is getting close to being done, but it also appears that a first time feature director whose name you nonetheless probably know has been hired to come on board and direct. Oh, and also a little bit more has been revealed about the lead characters. Apparently Farrell is innocent of the crime he’s going to jail for and Hart starts off the film as the guy who cleans Farrell’s car. Let’s get to the stuff about the director though.

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He’s played a Goonie, he’s played a man on the run, he’s played a President that only a few people liked. And now Josh Brolin may be playing his most important role of all…

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we laugh and cry about the state of independent filmmaking while eating leftover Halloween candy.

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Sony isn’t kidding about Men in Black 3. Even in a sea of uncertainty, including the fact that stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as director Barry Sonnenfeld, all have not been secured for another film, the studio is hiring a writer…

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Oh, King Candy. You look so happy.

Universal Pictures has announced a planned big screen adaptation of the board game Candyland. Seriously.

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Tropic Thunder Interviews

Does writer Etan Cohen love “Tropic Thunder” more than his kids? He’s not saying, but I’ve got my suspicions.

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