Variety is now reporting that Columbia is developing a long-rumored sequel to the Ghostbusters franchise. Word is the co-executive producers of The Office, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, have been hired by the studio to write the sequel.
Variety states that "an attempt to make a third installment of the franchise was stymied in the dealmaking stage. Sources said that so much gross was pledged to the participants that it was next to impossible for the studio to make any money on a third installment." In other words, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson wanted so much money that a sequel would automatically violate Sony's golden rule: "Sony has a standing policy not to allow more than 25% of first dollar gross out the door." What do I think about this? Well, as far as I'm concerned any third film not being written by Aykroyd and/or Ramis is already off to a bad start. It's only a matter of time before news of Apatow's involvement starts leaking out. That's when I'll be really upset.