15 possible directors for Ghostbusters 3

The script is nearly done. The cast in place. But who will be directing the third Ghostbusters movie? We’ve got some rumours and suggestions right here…

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With the 25th anniversary fast approaching, and a new Blu-ray release and videogame incoming, Ghostbusters is enjoying more press than it’s enjoyed in some time.

The most interesting project, however, is the third Ghostbusters film, which is still in the scripting stages, but moving ever closer to production (it’s understood that the draft is due any day). We know that it’s going to involve many of the old cast, and we also know that it’s going to bring in a new, younger generation of Ghostbusters too. But the question remains: who will be stepping behind the camera?

Original director Ivan Reitman, who also helmed the sequel, is not believed to be keen and/or is busy on other projects. He has, however, indicated in a piece with MTV that he’d at least think about it, but the suspicion is that he wouldn’t do it. Harold Ramis, whose new film Year One is also incoming, is a further possible choice, given that he also plays Egon in the films. He’s also Dan Aykroyd’s choice, according to Slashfilm, should Reitman pass.

However, also from Slashfilm is the rumour that Jake Kasdan is pitching for the job. Kasdan already has Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and the underrated Zero Effect to his name, but he may not be the name that those concerned behind the camera are looking for. We wonder if Ivan’s son, Jason Reitman – with Juno and Thank You For Smoking to his name – might be a candidate. But there’s got to be someone who’s at home with the big action scenes as well as the comedy. Plus the special effects, of course.

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Here are the runners and riders, anyway, with a few further suggestions of our own:

Ivan Reitman: the job’s his if he wants it, even if his recent film output is some way short of his peak. My Super Ex-Girlfriend remains one of the worst films we’ve endured in recent years.

Harold Ramis: Would he want it? Granted, he’s got the small matter of Groundhog Day on his CV, but he doesn’t, to our knowledge, have a track record of directing movies he also has a major part in. He might also suspect that there’s a poisoned chalice here, and he’s not known for his action sequences, either.

Jason Reitman: The family connection might at least get him an interview. But again, while he could nail the comedy, would the other parts of the jigsaw come together under his stewarship?

Judd Apatow: Once more, action isn’t his forte, but as the reigning king of Hollywood comedy, and someone whose name was linked with the project at one point, is it worth writing him off? He does, however, tend to stick to directing his own material…

Dan Aykroyd: No. He tried directing once, and it didn’t go well…

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Jake Kasdan: He has to have a shot, even if his profile is lower than the producers might like, simply because he seems to be, if you believe the reports, the only one actively pitching for the job. We’ll see…

Todd Phillips: Can we throw this one in from left-field, given that he’s consistently delivered funny comedies, and also mixes some decent sequences into them too? With The Hangover riding high at the box office, he’s surely at least worth a phone call?

Woody Allen: Well, if you wanted to cut the action out. And the ghostbusting. And wanted Scarlett Johansson in it…

David Wain: Two words: Role Models. We suspect, however, that’s as commercial as he’s going to get. But if you want your Ghostbusters movie to be edgy, he’s surely your man…

Brett Ratner: His name, primarily we suspect given the box office performance of his films, gets touted around many major franchises, and we’re surprised we’ve not seen it mentioned here. He’s far, it should be said, from the ideal choice. About as far as you can get, actually. But Hollywood does like him, and continues to trust him with major franchises (X-men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon) and major budgets…

Joe Dante: Quite possibly our ideal choice, but there’s not a cat in hell’s chance that he’ll get the gig. After Gremlins 2, though, he’s surely the king of effects-driven comedies? Tell us you wouldn’t buy a ticket for a Joe Dante Ghostbusters movie right now, though…

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Jay Roach: With three Austin Powers movies that weren’t shy on set pieces, two Meet The Parents films, and also the underrated Mystery, Alaska on his CV, Roach regularly delivers decent laughs, and crucially, box office gold. He can direct a collection of star names quite well too. An outside shot, but he may not want to take on someone else’s franchise.

Tom Shadyac: Here’s hoping not. Primarily famed for Jim Carrey one-joke comedies, Shadyac did direct the last effects-packed pure comedy movie that Hollywood has arguably seen. Sadly, it was Evan Almighty, and it really wasn’t very good.

Barry Sonnenfeld: Certainly worth a shout. His two Men In Black films certainly owed a lot to Ghostbusters, and his two Addams Family movies are both finely crafted comedies in their own right. He’s very at home with special effects, too…

Peter Berg: Finally, one more from left field. This writer wasn’t keen on Hancock, but there was a successful union of effects, action and comedy there (at least measured by box office). Plus, his Friday Night Lights movie proves he can actually make an outstanding film, too. An outside shot?

Leave your speculation down below…

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