‘Men in Black III’ Writer to Tackle ‘Ghostbusters 3’
The will it or won't it game has not been as perplexing these days it has been for Ghostbusters 3
. Star Dan Aykroyd
has been the most vocal
about the big-screen return of the Ghostbusters and seems to be the one most interested in doing it, whereas Bill Murray
has been the biggest roadblock to getting it done, though he says the right script could persuade him.
On that note, we learned recently via Aykroyd that a new script was in the works, and now Variety
reports that Etan Cohen
, who wrote the once-troubled-but-turned-out-good script for Men in Black III
, will try his hand at yet another three-quel for Sony.
Cohen, who also helped write Tropic Thunder
, will take over for The Office
writers Lee Eisenberg
and Gene Stupnitsky
, who wrote the first version, which presumably didn't pass muster with Murray.
The hire makes a lot of sense on Sony's part. Cohen managed to turn a long-delayed second sequel in Men in Black III
into a workable film, and "Ghostbusters" is a franchise that also deals with a professional team using technology (and humor) to keep in check an array of strange creatures (substitute ghosts for aliens).
If Cohen gets the job done, Aykroyd, Murray, Harold Ramis
and Ernie Hudson
will return to their roles and pass the torch on to a new generation of Ghostbusters.
Cohen is currently working on his directorial debut, Boy Scouts vs. Zombies