No one knows who will make Ghostbusters III, but we do know plenty of people who won’t be involved. Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters, won’t direct the sequel, and neither will the 22 Jump Street duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who turned down the gig. Bill Murray already said no to a supporting role (or at least said nothing for so long that they finally gave up asking). So who is Sony gonna call?
According to Nikki Finke (in a post that seems to have vanished from her website), their next target was Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, who, she claimed, was working on a “polish” of the latest draft of the script by Etan Cohen. “Not huge changes,” her source said, “but could be cool.”
Could be, but won’t be; not long after Finke’s story, Max Landis himself took to his Twitter account to categorically deny the rumors:
Hey guys, it pains me to say this, but you know I pride myself on being straight up person. Zero truth to the Ghostbusters report.— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014
While Landis shot down the story, he did sound like he would be interested in (and also a little bit terrified of) working on Ghostbusters III. He also suggested a possible first scene for the movie:
My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection.— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014
Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, the gate will open in 1984, then again twenty years later— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014
The fat man, who now has all the details of Shandor's plans, threatens to go to the police, and Shandor poisons him. It's scary, but...— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014
As Shandor escapes, we see that we're in the Sedgewick Hotel, and that the guy we just saw die... ...Is Slimer. Cue theme. Show title.— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 18, 2014
I think Landis means 30 years instead of 20 years (unless he wants to make a period Ghostbusters III set in 2004 with a soundtrack by Hoobastank and 3 Doors Down), but otherwise this is not… the worst thing I’ve ever read? I liked Chronicle, which managed to honor and reconsider classic superhero myths, and I’m curious to see Landis slate of upcoming projects (which includes a hitman rom-com called Mr. Right). He actually might have been a good fit for Ghostbusters III, but alas. Children of the ’80s continue to wait patiently (and nervously) to find out if there is anyone left in Hollywood who really ain’t afraid of no ghosts.