It seems that after years of sitting in Development Hell, Ghostbusters 3 is finally going to happen or at least we’re going to get the best effort yet to get it off the ground. Decades have gone by between the second film and what would be the third film in the franchise and along the way the actors have aged, we lost Harold Ramis and the project has false started more than a handful of times.
But it appears that things are starting to finally pick up as Nikki Finke is reporting that Max Landis will be taking over the writing of Ghostbusters 3 which is in of itself a bit of a meta thing to do.
I’ve just heard that screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle) is working on a new draft for Ghostbusters 3 with a three-week turnaround. Landis, of course, is the son of director John Landis and costume designer/historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis. “Landis probably is doing more of a ‘polish’ than a Page 1 rewrite,” says one source. “Not huge changes, but could be cool,” another tells me.
His father John Landis was very plugged into the 80s comedy scene, and while he didn’t have anything to do with Ghostbusters, having a Landis attached to the reboot of an 80s comedy is something that won’t go unnoticed.
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Aside from that, the main reason it won’t go unnoticed is that Max Landis is one of the rising stars in Hollywood today and handing him a massive project like Ghostbusters 3 is a pretty big deal.
It’s unclear just how much Landis will be changing about the script or if it will be more of a polish job but either way he’s attached to the project which means things might be further along in the process than we all thought which is a splendid thing for those dying to get the third film completed.