‘Office’ Writers Cross the Streams for Ghostbusters 3

Dan Aykroyd gave his two cents, now we have word that Columbia Pictures is dead serious about making Ghostbusters 3 a reality. The studio has asked “The Office” co-executive producers/writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to pen a script starring the Fab Four of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, Variety reports.

The ball got rolling when the Eisenberg and Stupnitsky wrote Year One, a film directed by Ramis. Sparks and slime flew, resulting in the interest on a Ghostbusters collaboration. Will Aykroyd and Ramis have their input on a script, seeing as they wrote the first two installments? Only time will tell.

A Ghostbusters sequel has been in talks since rappers were still wearing parachute pants, but all negotiations were put off when “sources said so much gross was pledged to the participants that it was next to impossible for the studio to make any money on a third installment.” The asking prices of the Ghostbusters cast hopefully has dropped. I love Dan Aykroyd but I don’t see anybody beating down the door for My Girl 3 or a bit part in a Tommy Boy sequel. Maybe that would be the plot of Ghostbusters 3, bringing back the ghost of Chris Farley so that “SNL” would actually have a funny cast member again!

Sources also said that no deal will be made with a cast until the script will be ready. Then the real battle can begin. Variety also has stated that Sony has a standing policy not to allow more than 25% of first dollar gross out the door. If they end up botching a chance at this sequel somebody should spray-paint “I ain’t afraid of no gross” on every Sony exec’s car.

While many critics think Ghostbusters 3 would have a hard time adjusting to the brave new world of modern comedy, I think Columbia is making a bold and brilliant move by taking this project on. Ghostbusters was one of the highest grossing films of the 1980s, bringing in $230 million in its theatrical run. There would definitely be a market for the film, so as long as egos and crappy plots are checked at the door.

What story do you want to see in a Ghostbusters sequel? What are some of your favorite scenes in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2?