Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Ghostbusters 3”? We Reported It Here in 2009, Per Ivan Reitman, And Now It’s Happening


Reports yesterday and today about “Ghostbusters 3” directed by Jason Reitman, son of original director Ivan Reitman.

Readers with long memories will recall we reported the plan for “Ghostbusters 3” in December 2009. Ivan Reitman told us then about the next movie, with all the old stars and new characters including Oscar, the son of Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray’s characters.

It’s been brewing for a decade. In that time, the all-female “Ghostbusters” came out was destroyed by evil internet trolls.

But here’s the original story. “G3” is set for summer 2020. It should be music to Huey Lewis’s ears since he wrote the theme music, lifted by Ray Parker Jr. The original song is “I Want a New Drug.” (Parker had another hit, “Jack and Jill,” that sounded just like Sly Stone’s “Stand.” Hmmm…)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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