Though the switch has been flipped many times from off to on over the past year, it seems like the studio and the stars of the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise are still pushing to make it happen. Now that Bill Murray’s stance on it is that if the script is good he’s in, work is being put in to improve on what they have for the long talked about threequel. For starters, Dan Aykroyd mentioned last week that a new writing staff had been brought on to work on ‘Ghostbusters 3’, however, that might not have been the whole truth. According to Variety (via Collider), a new writer, not a new team, has been brought onto the project, and that writer is Etan Cohen.
The ‘Men In Black 3’ screenwriter will take the reins from the ‘Bad Teacher’ team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and work on the current version of the story. It’s unsure if this will be a page-one rewrite, but it’s likely that Cohen won’t be the last writer to have his hands on ‘Ghostbusters 3’. Regardless, of who puts in work next, it’s a good sign that the studio is putting more people on this project in order for it to happen.
The article says that the plot will still involve the original Ghostbusters played by Aykroyd, Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson passing the torch to a new crew. I’m a big fan of this idea and I’d really love to see it happen in my lifetime, but until a good script that everyone agrees on is in place, it’s unlikely that anything will come materialize, which is a good thing considering Cohen’s last movie started shooting before the script was even completed.