In the last few months there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not ‘Ghostbusters 3’ would eventually move out of development hell and get made. The on again off again saga of the film’s progress can tire any diehard fan. So when the news of Ivan Reitman being slated to begin production of ‘Ghostbusters 3’ next summer hit online, it’s met with some apprehensive excitement.

Buried in a post over at Deadline about the reshuffling of movie production schedules is a one line mention about the ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel. The article had indicated that Paramount was putting the Ivan Reitman directed Kevin Costner film ‘Draft Day’ on hold due to the schedules of both Costner and Reitman. As the article states:

“Paramount chose not to make it in the small window that Reitman has before he is expected to finally get the long-gestating Ghostbusters reboot in front of the cameras next summer for Sony Pictures (sans Bill Murray).”

So it seems like ‘Ghostbusters 3’ is actually going to be made after all! The timing of production couldn’t have been planned better as if the film does go into production next summer as mentioned, it would mean the film would most likely get a 2014 release date – just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film! It would be fantastic if the studio decides to market the sequel by reshowing the first two ‘Ghostbustes’ film culminating on the premiere of the third one much like what was done for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘The Avengers.’ That’s a good enough reason to start stocking up on those Stay Puft Marshmallows!

Etan Coen (‘Men in Black III,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’) wrote the latest draft of the script which was originally written by Lee Eisnenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (the duo who wrote ‘Bad Teacher). Dan Aykroyd has said in the past that the plot would involve handing over the ghost busting torch to a new crew:

“My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the Cadillac. He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs… Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.”

No word yet as to who the cast for the new generation of Ghostbusters will be, but now that there has been some forward progress on the film, hopefully casting should be underway soon. What is known casting wise is that not only will Aykroyd be back to reprise his role, Harold Ramis will be joining him. Although no official word has been given about Ernie Hudson, the feeling is that he’ll most likely be returning. Unfortunately, Bill Murray still has no plans to appear in the film.

Like most people who love the ‘Ghostbusters’ film and who have been following the story, I’ll hold my excitement about the news until I see trailer.

How about you? Are you excited to hear that the movie is moving forward even without Murray?