UPDATE: Sony Eyeing Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig to Direct Ghostbusters 3

The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that Sony has zeroed in on a director for the long gestating Ghostbusters 3 and their first choice is none other than Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig.

They report that no formal negotiations have taken place but the studio has their eyes clearly set on the director to take on the sequel. To date Feig has directed three feature films with a fourth currently in production.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Eyed for Ghostbusters Reboot

Earlier this week came the announcement that Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was stepping down from the helm of the long-gestating Ghostbusters 3? following the death of Harold Ramis.

Now, Nikki Finke reports that directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in talks to helm the project. Lord and Miller have made quite a splash in recent years with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009, 21 Jump Street in 2012 (which will see a sequel released later this year) and their most recent hit, The LEGO Movie.

Ivan Reitman No Longer Director Ghostbusters 3

Following the tragic loss of Harold Ramis last month, it was reported that the script for a third Ghostbusters film was being reworked.

Now, Deadline brings word that Ivan Reitman is stepping down as the film’s director and will help in finding a replacement as the studio targets an early 2015 production in the Big Apple. The storyline is rumored to focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters with cameos from the original stars written into the script.

Ghostbusters 3 Script Being Reworked

Following the tragic loss of Harold Ramis yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter now has an update on the status of Ghostbusters 3, which, according to their sources, is now being slightly reworked to remove a Ramis cameo.

Although plans had been for Ghostbusters 3? to shoot in Cleveland this year, the trade notes that the script still isn’t quite ready to move forward. Ramis’ planned involvement is said to have been minimal, however.

Ghostbusters 3 to Film in Cleveland Next Year?

Is Columbia Pictures getting ready to start production on Ghostbusters 3? According to NBC Cleveland, Ohio affiliate WKYC, filming will take place in the city in spring 2014:

“More movie projects are on the way. One being the sequel to “Ghostbusters” as Sony has penciled in spring 2014 date to start shooting the third installment here in Cleveland.” 

Plot Details Revealed for Ghostbusters 3

The much-anticipated Ghostbusters 3 is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Leading man Dan Aykroyd spoke today on “Larry King Now,” revealing new details about the sequel’s plot.

“It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University,” he tells King. “…Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.” 

No, Ghostbusters 3 Won’t be Animated

Bloody-Disgusting is reporting today a rumor that Sony Pictures may want to make Ghostbusters 3 an animated film.

“Sony is looking to do Ghostbusters 3 as an animated film, a source exclusively reveals to Bloody Disgusting. This was the original plan back in 2007, which eventually resulted in the incredible 2009 video game,” the site says.

Ghostbusters 3 to Start Shooting in 2013, Bill Murray Out

Rumored for more than two decades, and the center of countless rumors, Ghostbusters 3 appears to finally be moving forward, albeit without leading man Bill Murray.

Deadline reports that the current schedule calls for Ivan Reitman to return as director with a summer 2013 production start being targeted.

Dan Aykroyd previously confirmed reports that the plot will revolve around a new generation of Ghostbusters and hinted at the states of his and Harold Ramis’ characters.

Ghostbusters 3 Loses Bill Murray, Can We Move On Now?

Dan Aykroyd seems to be the official spokesman of Ghostbusters 3.  He’s the only guy who has been really talking about it and the only one who provides the press with any updates (no one has Sony has really ever spoken about the sequel).  

So, I have fair question to ask: Is he the only one excited about the prospect of a threequel?  I know there are some fans of the existing two films, but the excitement level for a new tale feels tepid to me.

You know who is not excited about a sequel?  Bill Murray.  Aykroyd weighed in once again on Murray’s involvement with Ghostbusters 3 and, well, his answer is not surprising in the least.

Who is Rewriting Ghostbusters 3?

Every time someone reports on Ghostbusters 3 a baby cries.  The last few years have been rife with rumors and other nonsense regarding who’s on board the script, what Bill Murray’s participation will be (if any) and who might be cast.  Recently, Dan Aykroyd told someone, somewhere (honestly, the details of who said what blurs together these days) that Ghostbusters 3 had a new writer on board.  Variety learned just who that person is.

Bill Murray Says Ghostbusters 3 is Still a Possibility

While Dan Aykroyd was quoted in February saying that Bill Murray would not be involved with Ghostbusters 3, Murray himself revealed earlier this month in an interview with WGN (via The Playlist) that it’s still a “possibility.”

While Murray quickly changes the subject and talks about Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, he doesn’t say outright that he won’t do the third installment.

Ghostbusters 3: Bill Murray Will Not Do the Movie

Dan Aykroyd talked about this vaguely earlier this month, but he has now confirmed to The Telegraph that Bill Murray won’t be a part of Ghostbusters 3, if the film gets made at Sony Pictures.

“I honestly don’t know. At this point it’s in suspended animation,” he said when asked about the film’s status. “The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn’t want to be involved. He’s got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He’s into this life and living it. I know we’d have a lot of fun [but] I can’t be mad at him. He

Could Peter Venkman Be Recast in Ghostbusters 3?

Roughly six months after dropping significant plot details, Dan Aykroyd has an update about Ghostbusters 3 and the likelihood of both Bill Murray and Rick Moranis returning. Speaking with Empire, the actor hints that the former could end up being played by a different actor altogether.

“We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that,” says Aykroyd, who the magazine also claims suggested a possible “Jack Ryan”-style recasting.