Let me first of all say that I don’t really think this movie (Ghostbusters 3) will ever actually happen, but I’d love it if it did (under the right circumstances that is). With all that being said, there has been a lot of talk and discussion over the past years about attempts to either get another sequel made or a remake of some sorts with lots of names attached.
Matt over at Obsessed With Film wrote a post earlier about his thoughts on who might be best to direct a potential Ghostbusters 3. It’s an interesting topic. Matt’s choice for directors (in order) look like this:
No. 1 – JUDD APATOW
I disagree with him on this. Oh I’d put Apatow in the running, but the fact of the matter is he’s only directed 2 films so far (both awesome with a thrid really good one “Funny People” on the way) and neither of them suggest to me his style would be a great fit for Ghostbusters. Still, an obvious choice that should be mentioned in the conversation.
No. 2 – SAM RAIMI
Also an interesting choice, but not one I myself would go with. Raimi obviously knows how to make people laugh, and the style of humor in the Evil Dead franchise (especially Army of Darkness) fits a little more with Ghostbusters, but still not one I’d put high on my list for this particular project.
No. 3 – JASON REITMAN
BRILLIANT! Hands down I believe this is the guy to direct Ghostbusters 3 (if it were to ever happen). Not only is he the son of the original director, but he is a first rate gifted director in his own right. Thank You For Smoking and Juno have shown he knows pace, character and style. To me the discussion of who should direct Ghostbusters 3 has to start with this guy hands down.
No. 4 – MICHEL GONDRY
I disagree with this selection. Yes he did a first rate job with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but his comedy “Be Kind Rewind” was a disappointment in my opinion that felt clumbsy and quite frankly not funny. I just don’t see him as a fit for this.
No. 5 – DAVID GORDON GREEN
Again, I totally disagree. I found Green’s “comedy” “Pineapple Express” to be an absolute snooze fest with maybe 1 or 2 giggles along the way. I wouldn’t want Ghostbusters in this guy’s hands.
No. 6 – IVAN REITMAN
The man who gave us the original. Why not? He’s a legend who is worthy of his reputation. He hasn’t done anything to knock our socks off in the last few years (I admit I kinda liked “Evolution”), but he is still “the man”.
No. 7 – JODY HILL
Oh dear god no. Look, I thought Foot Fist Way was kinda cute and certainly had its moments, but it was nothing special or memorable. And Observe and Report is hands down the worst movie of 2009 so far. Please keep this person away from Ghostbusters at all costs.
No. 8 – HAROLD RAMIS
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. And not because he’s one of the original cast members either. Harold Ramis is a comedic genius. His new film “Year One” looks very promising, and he’s done some of the greatest comedies of all time. After Jason Reitman, I’d put Ramis as #2.
So I clearly don’t agree with all of Matt’s choices, but it’s a great article that’s terrific for starting a conversation.
What are some names you’d add to that list of possible Ghostbusters 3 directors?