Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“Ghostbusters 3″: Director Reitman Says Next Generation Is Coming


Who you gonna call? “Ghostbusters,” that’s who.

Director Ivan Reitman confirmed for me yesterday what Sigourney Weaver recently alluded to an interview for her movie, “Avatar.” Reitman says a script for “G3″ is being worked on now, and all signs point to some ghost-busting for 2010. The new story combines the original characters with new ones, including Sigourney’s kid with Bill Murray, Oscar.

Reitman’s telling comments to me came about during a lunch at the legendary ‘21 Club’ for his son, Jason, whose own movie, “Up in the Air,” is up in the awards stratosphere. Dad Ivan produced for son Jason, which led to an exchange of teary eyed speeches from the two guys. They each reminisced about how Jason was talked out of going to medical school by Dad.

“It was the first time a Jewish father ever told his son not to become a doctor,” Jason said. “I knew he was a storyteller,” Ivan recalled. And it’s a showbiz family: Jason’s beauteous twentysomething sister Catherine is a working actress with a lot of credits, just about ready to have her breakthough.

All this family love was expressed in front of a cool crowd, too, including “Up in the Air” costar Anna Kendrick, who’s getting a lot of awards for her work in the film, plus famed director Sidney Lumet who came with his award-winning screenwriter daughter Jenny (she wrote “Rachel Getting Married” is and working with Jason on a new film), Barry Levinson, Tony LoBianco, Tovah Feldshuh, Bob Balaban, Dan Abrams, Arianna Huffington, Jean Doumanian, Johnnie Planco, and Forbes magazine editor Tim Ferguson, who’s also the uncle of “Nine” and Black Eyed Peas star Stacey “Fergie” Ferguson.

“She never shied away from performing as kid,” said Uncle Tim.

And there was maybe a ‘21′ first: a Kosher meal served to Orthodox Jewish rapper and recording star Matisyahu, aka Matthew Miller of White Plains, New York. Producer Bonnie Timmerman is working on a film project with him, and brought the extremely tall performer with her. They may have to rename ‘21′ ‘ ‘18′.

P.S. Lumet ‘ director of so many classics from “Serpico” and “Prince of the City” to “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” ‘ has just finished the screenplay for his next film, called “Getting Out.” He’s got Russell Crowe in mind, he says, for the lead. Sidney Lumet and Russell Crowe is a combo everyone would love to see happen. Russell, give Sidney a call!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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