Okay, so rumors and news about the possible Ghostbusters 3 movie have been cluttering up the Internet for almost a year now. With the exception of Ivan Reitman being named as the film’s director if it ever does get made, all the news has pretty much amounted to nothing more than lip service. And now it appears as if we won’t even have the one story to cling to. Sigh.
According to New York Magazine’s Vulture, Columbia Pictures wants a younger director for Ghostbusters 3. No biggie, right? There’s just one problem — Reitman’s contract says otherwise.
Here are some tasty excerpts from the article for you …
“Reitman’s old contract still gives him exceptional creative control over the series, including director approval. ‘Those deals were made in the Eighties,’ explains one insider, ‘so his rights in this circumstance have a great deal of teeth.’ Therefore, while it’s true that Reitman can’t force Columbia to make Ghostbusters 3 with him, he can make it nearly impossible for the studio to make the film without him.”
“In fact, a source tells” [Vulture] “that Reitman and all three original principals (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis … sorry, Ernie Hudson!) have a deal that says that if any of the four of them don’t like any element of a new Ghostbusters, they can singlehandedly veto and kill the project; it has to be unanimously approved before going forward.”
Somebody please tell me … why do I feel as if I’ve just been slimed? Keep your fingers crossed, folks. This is likely to be a really bumpy ride for the old Ecto-1.
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