The Download: 'Ghostbusters 3' a Go, 'Jem the Movie', Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'


This week on The Download, we talk about Sony moving ahead with Ghostbusters 3, Jon M. Chu's truly outrageous Jem and the Holograms big screen adaptation, and Sofia Coppola's live-action Little Mermaid movie.

Binh: Time to break out the Crystal Head vodka, guys, because Ghostbusters 3 is moving forward! Were you surprised at the news? I mean, Sony wants the third Ghostbusters made, so all that's required is for the original cast members who have ownership of the property to say yes. Even though Bill Murray won't be in the movie, he has apparently given his blessing so all obstacles have been removed. Word is they're looking to bring on Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct since Ivan Reitman has excused himself.

Jeff: This whole thing makes me sad, and not just because of Ramis' passing. Sony only wants a sequel because it's hungry for another franchise, not because there's a compelling story to tell. A next-gen Ghostbusters could work with the right script and cast, I suppose...but I wish they'd put this much effort into creating an original film instead of building on brand value.

Binh: Now that it's happening, I'm willing to give it a chance. Say what you will, but Ghostbusters 3 NEEDS Jonah Hill. A Hill/Channing Tatum reunion could work for this movie.

Jeff: Well, the first Ghostbusters gave us what was basically the comedy all-star team of 1984, so who fits that bill in 2014? Hill, Kevin Hart...

Binh: Right, I'm beginning to see the potential.

Sara: It really does look like a film that will accomplish the most as a vehicle for a comedy team about to "break out." You think they'll recruit from the current SNL cast?

Also, you know who we're not be factoring in? The generation that watched Ghostbusters on DVD because their parents liked it. Do we have any evidence someone from that camp might be behind the revival? It's got a real kitsch value--which isn't to undermine Jeff's sadness about the project as a recycling venture. I prefer ingenuity, as well.

Binh: Movies based on SNL skits are too hit-and-miss for me...usually, more on the miss side. I'm out of the loop on who the current cast members are so I don't know if they're a choice or not, but I rather they go with some other people.

That's entirely plausible, Sara. I mean those ‘80s TV shows don't turn themselves into movies. Jem and the Holograms, anyone?

Sara: The current cast is pretty fantastic though I'm not a habitual watcher (I occasionally catch things on HuluPlus) but I have a lot of faith in the current brood. I brought up SNL, though, not because I'm fond but because that's where half the original Ghostbusters came from.

Look, I really like Jon Chu. And maybe I'm crushed that my icon for being an exciting career woman has turned into a social experiment to exploit strangers. "Like Kickstarter but don't send money." I hope acting as a clearing house for talent is as soul sucking for them as it was for that guy Sam Rockwell played who started The Gong Show. Jem and the Gong Show should never have anything in common ever. I'm tweeting that last line. I feel strongly.

Binh: This is nothing more than an attempt to engage the young folks who don't know what Jem and the Holograms is. I don't know...Then again, there are five Step Up movies now.

What do you think about the live-action Little Mermaid movie, which Sofia Coppola is directing? I wonder why they went with her other than, you know, she's female.

Jeff: I can't even imagine what this will look like. Will the Little Mermaid wear Converse like Marie Antoinette?

Sara: They think she can make any teen hip--if she did it with criminals, why not do it with fish? My friend Adam Nayman said it best when he tweeted "Wasn't THE BLING RING basically THE LITTLE MERMAID #LookAtThisStuff #IsntItNeat

I'm looking forward to the film, though, because I think she could add something interesting to that fable. I loved the Hans Christian Anderson story as a kid and couldn't figure out why. You know it's a tragedy--and the shy mermaid doesn't end up with the prince, she outstays the spell that gave her legs like a dopey teen.

I don't have any evidence Coppola's aiming to adapt the original but I do expect something of that mystique to find its way in there. It's fascinating stuff.

So, is anyone else excited about Christian Bale as Steve Jobs? I can't stop chuckling!

Binh: Hey, Christian Bale can play anyone, including and not limited to Mother Teresa, if he so chooses! If anyone could bring out the a-hole in Jobs, it's Bale. Looks like that's all for this week. Until next time.

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