Considering the level of excitement Dan Aykroyd has for the project, it should come as no surprise that he quickly hired someone to rewrite the original “Ghostbusters 3” script after Murray complained about its quality. ComingSoon.net has learned that the lucky man is Etan Cohen, best known for writing (or at least helping to write) the screenplays for “Tropic Thunder,” “Idiocracy” and “Men in Black 3.”
Honestly, that sounds like a great choice for the project. The “Ghostbusters” movies have always had a certain amount of bite and self-awareness to them, and Cohen’s slate of projects show that he does as well. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, the creative duo behind “Bad Teacher,” “Year One” and many episodes of “The Office,” wrote the original screenplay. Hopefully Cohen can remedy whatever element of the script Murray disliked so much when he read it.
“You just gotta have a really good script,” Murray said during his interview with David Letterman. “It’s hard. Even the second ‘Ghostbusters’ wasn’t as much fun for me as the first one. It’s hard to make a sequel. It’s gotta be really funny, and that first one was just so darn funny. … We’ll try again. I always drag my feet on it.”
Following those comments, Aykroyd came out and said, “We’ve got a new writing staff working on it now. It’s got to be perfect. That’s the whole thing. There’s no point in doing it unless it’s perfect. So that’s what we’re up to now.”
Well, now they’re working on reaching that perfection. Your move, Murray.