It appears as though the Ghostbusters are about to power up the old proton packs and get their names back on speed dial.
Twenty years after they were last in action, the team is preparing for its long-awaited return to the big screen – most likely in 2010.
One of the original members, Dan Aykroyd, has revealed, though pretty bloody vaguely, a script is currently being written with the production slated for the second half of this year.
The veteran funnyman, who played Raymond Stantz in the 1984 original and 1989 sequel, said, via The Boston Times last month, “Script is commenced early summer. Hope to be in production by late fall 2009″.
Just to clarify, Aykroyd was answering a question on an on-line Q&A with fans.
That ‘script’ is actually being written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the team behind The Office (well, the US version).
They really don’t have any other credits to their name, but that could be a good thing. They are fresh and no doubt have some fresh ideas to bring to a project like the Ghostbusters.
While a number of ’80s creations are getting rebooted, remade and reinstalled, another Ghostbusters is actually one I’d like to see. I might even pay money for it.
But certainly not a remake, but a sequel, featuring all the original cast, especially Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and even Ernie Hudson.
Maybe handing over the keys to the Ghostbustermobile to a younger crew.
There has been no word on a director yet, but it has been confirmed Judd Apatow is producing, according to /Film.
I could certainly see some of his regulars in on the act, the likes of (a now more trimmer) Seth Rogan, as well as Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman, and maybe Steve Carrell and Jonah Hill, as the aforementioned ‘younger crew’.
Rogan of course appeared in Knocked Up and will be soon be seen with Schwartzman and Adam Sandler in Funny People, while Rudd, as well as Knocked Up has appeared in The 40-Year Old Virgin with Carrell and Hill was the star of Superbad.
All the movies mentioned have been written, directed or produced by Apatow.
And you gotta have the token black man as well in Ernie Hudson tradition, so I reckon who better to bring another dimension to proceedings than the edgy Dave Chappelle. That, I’d like to see.