Contrary to the swirling rumor, Max Landis is not hired as a new writer for "Ghostbusters 3". It was reported by Nikki Finke that the "Chronicle" screenwriter had been tapped to polish the script for the upcoming third installment, but he quickly pours cold water on the false rumor.
"Hey guys, it pains me to say this, but you know I pride myself on being straight up person. Zero truth to the Ghostbusters report," he wrote on Twitter. " 'Victor Frankenstein', 'Me Him Her', 'American Ultra' and 'Mr. Right' come out next year. Working on things at Uni and Sony, and indies. GB3, sadly, no."
Although he's not involved in the project, Landis has an idea for the movie's opening. "Haha a bunch of people asking what my Ghostbusters 3 pitch would've been. I never had a full one, just a skeleton I've goofed around with," he tweeted. "My Ghostbusters 3 began in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor murdering a gluttonous associate to protect his cult after he has a moral objection."
"Shandor tells the overweight man that nothing can stop the coming of Gozer; first, the gate will open in 1984, then again twenty years later. The fat man, who now has all the details of Shandor's plans, threatens to go to the police, and Shandor poisons him. It's scary, but... As Shandor escapes, we see that we're in the Sedgewick Hotel, and that the guy we just saw die......Is Slimer. Cue theme. Show title."
"Ghostbusters 3" eyes an early 2015 start date. Ivan Reitman wrote the script with the help from Etan Cohen and Dan Aykroyd. Reitman who directed the first two films opted to sit out the directing seat for this film after Harold Ramis died on February 24 due to illness.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie", "22 Jump Street") then were courted to helm the pic, but they turned it down. Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") is now reportedly in talks to do the job, but nothing has been set in stone. Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and her son Oscar will be brought back for the threequel.