Judd Apatow Might Have His Fingers in Ghostbusters 3

March 2, 2009

Word on the street is that Judd Apatow Productions is producing Ghostbusters 3. We already knew that it was looking likely that many Apatow regulars were going to make appearances in the film -- Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd are likely to star -- but if Apatow's actually going to produce the thing, it's going to have an Apatow flavor through and through...which isn't necessarily a good thing.

The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Greg Stupnitsky are penning the script and aiming for a fall 2009 production, as reported by Dan Aykroyd. But now that Judd Apatow Productions is going to produce, Ghostbusters fans have reason to fear that the tone and style of the first two films that were so beloved are going to be left by the wayside.

Without question, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin and Knocked Up were very funny movies. And just about everything else Apatow has produced has been solidly funny, too: Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express -- the man has a good track record.

But what happened to Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd as the sole authors of the Ghostbusters franchise? At what point did they deem it a wise idea to hand over their baby to a couple of hacks who write twenty-two minutes of comedy for a television show with a completely different form of comedy than the big scale, effects-heavy kind that Ghostbusters is all about?

Maybe Eisenberg and Stupnitsky consult with Ramis and Aykroyd while they work on the new script. And maybe Apatow will try to be faithful to the Ghostbusters legacy already in place.

But then again, maybe not.

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