Lord and Miller Explain Why They Rejected Ghostbusters 3

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Shortly after The Lego Movie was deemed a legitimate hit, Phil Lord and Chris Miller received a chance to direct the upcoming Ghostbusters 3. After successfully relaunching 21 Jump Street for the big screen and knocking it out of the park with a movie based on toys, they seemed the perfect choice.

They rejected the offer to direct Ghostbusters 3.

Now, in an interview with Screen Crush, they explained why they chose not to direct Ghostbusters 3.

“Right now, we’re just super tired and we want to take a break,” the duo explained. “We’re doing a TV show with Will Forte [called ‘Last Man on Earth’]. So, we don’t really know what we’re gonna do next, we just know we can’t jump into another movie like that right away. I think that there’s a good ‘Ghostbusters’ movie out there. It’s such a fun franchise. Obviously, we don’t have the same attitude as people who hate stuff before it’s even made. It’s a fun idea and it’s a fun world and I think it will work.”

So, it sounds like this has nothing to do with a bad script or a bad situation and it just sounds like they want to rest after the two-shot 2014 releases of The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. Since Sony wants Ghostbusters 3 in production by 2015, that wouldn’t work for the duo.

The director rumored for the job right now is Ruben Fleischer, and since he passed on a chance to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man, there is a good chance he will be the next Ghostbusters 3 director. If he can bring the creative visuals he used in Zombieland to the next Ghostbusters movie, that could be a very good thing.

For now, the official word is that Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3) is writing the script and Harold Ramis was collaborating closely with him on the project before his passing. The last word was that the movie would feature four Columbia physics students who become Ghostbusters to save the world. Sigourney Weaver also said that her son from the second movie would play a role in Ghostbusters 3 as well.

Are you excited about a Ghostbusters 3 movie or has its time moved on? Lets talk the ectoplasmic details in the comments below.

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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