Sony Continues Searching for 'Ghostbusters III' Director

Posted 4:43 PM April 7th, 2014 by Jeff Giles
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For years, it seemed as though Dan Aykroyd was the only person who seriously wanted another Ghostbusters sequel. Now it's clear that the executives at Sony share his fervor for a new chapter in the franchise, but it looks like they'll have to do it without the writing-directing duo that appeared to be their first choice to bring the series back from its 25-year (and counting) hiatus.

A writer for the Wrap has revealed that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) are no longer involved in talks with the studio. According to Jeff Sneider, Lord and Miller walked away from the negotiating table because they "wanted to keep their options open," which would seem to suggest that Sony was looking for a long-term commitment -- perhaps back-to-back movies, or a trilogy released over 3-6 years. If that's the case, it'd be easy to understand their reluctance; following the massive success of The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller have their choice of projects, and committing to more than one movie at a time could keep them from testing more artistically adventurous waters.

This is obviously a setback for Sony -- and not just because it leaves the studio continuing to scramble for its early 2015 start date. As CinemaBlend points out, Lord and Miller have a real knack for taking projects that seem like terrible ideas and turning them into terrific movies, and that's exactly the kind of talent Ghostbusters III desperately needs.

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