Why “Ghostbusters 3” has been dead for 25 years

A feature-length remake is not easy for any movie studio to make, let alone to bring off successfully. But this New York-based, R-rated production, which stars the recent star of Lady Bird and Get Out, Melissa McCarthy, and six other actresses, has been touted as something of a ground-breaking experiment.

Why? The first film in the series, released in 1984, was hugely influential – both in terms of female lead characters and the way it went beyond jokes to answer questions about physical comedy and the afterlife.

It featured two of the biggest stars of its time in the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. There were original ending notes interspersed with bonus content that were rarely available in a movie made today.

That rapping ghost. Image: Sony

But Ghostbusters 3, set for release in 1991 and a rumoured Ghostbusters 4 for 2015, never got off the ground. Now it seems like the franchise is dead, according to its directors and co-stars – directors Paul Feig and Ernie Hudson, and actress Kristen Wiig – who dropped the bomb on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week.

Their claims were mocked by co-star Leslie Jones, who accused them of lying, tweeting at Wiig: “My contracts are good til 2019. We’re doing it again? Where’s the money? We’ll wait until we get paid. Ain’t no more lying around for you.”

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