(Decided to go for this, as a easy comm activity starter.)
Denofgeeks.com has compiled a detailed list of upcoming movie sequels, including "Ghostbusters III." In the block quotes below is the aforementioned film's current prospects:
There’s a lot of talk, but still not much action where Ghostbusters III is concerned. A script appears to be in place now, and Ivan Reitman remains in the director’s chair. And with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson back on board to pass the mantle over to a new generation of Ghostbusters, almost all of the pieces for the new movie are in place.
But one is missing: Bill Murray. Depending on which interview with him you read, he’s either going to do a small cameo in the movie, hates the idea of it, hasn’t made his mind up, or flat out isn’t going to do it.
It’s anyone’s guess, and according to some reports, Murray’s involvement or otherwise might just be a deal breaker for Sony, which has to fund the film.
Your guess is as good as ours on this one…
It isn't developmental hell, but it may get there. On the plus side, all the other major stalwarts are still willing (Ramis, Aykroyd, Hudson and Reitman). Nothing else to do, but wait for Murray to make a consistent statement, apparently.
Exit question 1: Is there any chance the EGB will be referenced, at all? The movie evidently contains the same premise, and the EGB does have an interesting-though-small niche. Probably wouldn't happen, but it would be nice.
Exit question 2: Should Murray decline, would it be any sort of dealbreaker to you personally? Fortunately, we still have 3/4th of the original cast and the original director to console ourselves. Granted, I'd love to see Venkman, again, yet if it doesn't happen.... I'm just curious to see the ratio, if there is one. (Either that, or I'm intrigued to how much cache Venkman has in the EGB side of the fandom.)
Update (10/26): An update is available in the comm link below, which involves new writers and the ongoing Murray commitment issue: