What do you do with a slow news week? You talk about 'Ghostbusters 3' rumors, of course!
This week's rumor comes courtesy of What's Playing, who have one of those "I Totally Have A Friend At Sony And I Gave Him A Call And He Told Me Everything He Knows" stories. In this case, it's the news that Bill Hader and Will Forte are being mentioned as potential new recruits for the third 'Ghostbusters' adventure. There is also mention of Anna Faris being looked at for another role and that full-fledged casting for "young male and female actors aged 18-30" will soon begin in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
If you're thinking that a lot of this feels pretty obvious, you're right. The studio's list of potential new Ghostbusters probably contains the name of every young comic talent working today and Hader (he of 'Superbad,' 'Saturday Night Live' and amazing Daniel Day Lewis impressions) and Forte (also of 'Saturday Night Live,' as well as star of the underrated 'MacGruber') are most assuredly on that list. Surely the extremely funny and frequently underutilized Faris is, too. And of course casting is ready to begin! The movie has a director and a script and the studio hopes to get production rolling by May.
So, what we have here, is a case of non-news. Fun non-news, but non-news nonetheless. Remember when Seth Rogen was, without a doubt, going to be one of the new young Ghostbusters? He's probably still on that list, alongside Forte and Hader and thirty other names.
However, if there turns out to be more than mere hearsay at work here, Hader and Forte are fine choices. Although certainly not superstars, they're among the upper tier of recent SNL talent and have the innate ability to be funny even in the most dire of films -- which may prove very important in the case of 'Ghostbusters 3,' which was written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who last gave us the incredibly unfunny 'Year One.' A worst case scenario would still be a good fit for Faris, who has plenty of experience being funny and adorable in really terrible films.
It's hard to feel optimistic about 'Ghostbusters 3,' particularly with Bill Murray's involvement still unknown and the film's only real champion being the seemingly desperate Dan Aykroyd (if you were the voice of a CGI Yogi Bear, you'd be desperate, too). Even original 'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman sitting in the director's chair does not inspire positive thoughts. Have you seen his resume lately? It's not pretty.
Still, like a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' reboot and a 'Dark Tower' adaptation from Ron Howard, it's coming whether we like 'em or not and all we can do is sit back and hope for the best. The original 'Ghostbusters' remains one of the finest comedies ever made and if the nearly unwatchable 'Ghostbusters 2' couldn't change that, then 'Ghostbusters 3' won't either.