Did you enjoy the this summer’s revisit to the world of the Men in Black? While reviews for the movie didn’t quite top the first entry in the series, the third film breathed new life into the franchise after a ten year hiatus and came away with high marks. Now Sony hopes to duplicate that success with another franchise that’s been on the shelf for just a tad longer… Ghostbusters.
Variety reports that Etan Cohen, the writer of “Men in Black 3″ has been officially picked up by Sony to rewrite “Ghostbusters 3″. His credits also include comedies such as “Tropic Thunder”, “Madagascar 2″ as well as plenty of collaboration with Mike Judge, having penned “Idiocracy”, episodes of “King of the Hill” and “Beavis and Butt-Head”
It’s been a little over twenty years since we’ve seen a Ghostbusters sequel and the fabled third entry in the series has been rumored and recast so many times, we remember when the late Chris Farley was supposedly up for a new role. The last few years have seen some firm support from the studio, particularly after 2009′s “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” was well received and got Bill Murray involved in the series once more. In the three years since, the principle cast has teased their commitment as being possible only in the event of a “perfect” script, and Sony went right to work.
Writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, known for their work on “The Office”, first penned a script that Dan Aykroyd claimed had the “comic role of a lifetime” for Bill Murray. After Murray received the script last year, the word was mum on whether he was in. Both are assumed out with last week’s revelation that a new team was working on the script and today’s word from Sony that Cohen is on board.
Men in Black has often been compared to Ghostbusters, both are sci-fi comedies set that utilize agencies to take care of ghoulish baddies around New York City. Do you think Cohen can pull it off, nail the script and coax Murray on board?